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  • PODCAST: Understanding the connection between the gut microbiome and Alzheimer’s

    PODCAST: Understanding the connection between the gut microbiome and Alzheimer’s

    In a new Voices of UMass Chan podcast, John P. Haran, MD’07, PhD’18, and Ethan Loew, MD/PhD student, shed light on their ongoing research to better understand the connection between the gut microbiome and cognitive health, particularly how it impacts older people.

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  • Prestigious Kirschstein Award helps fund MD/PhD student's ALS research

    Prestigious Kirschstein Award helps fund MD/PhD student's ALS research

    MD/PhD student Abigail Hiller has received an award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the role genes linked to Alzheimers disease play in ALS.

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  • Inspired by his father, a Boston Municipal Court judge, MD/PhD student studies addiction

    Inspired by his father, a Boston Municipal Court judge, MD/PhD student studies addiction

    UMass Chan MD/PhD student Nick Bolden has discovered a pathway in the brain that could block addictive behavior. Inspired by his father, a retired judge, Bolden has devoted his career to treating addiction.

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  • Sharing of knowledge, ideas celebrated during Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony

    Sharing of knowledge, ideas celebrated during Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony

    The UMass Chan community gathered to celebrate 53 PhD candidates and MD/PhD students who transitioned from student to candidate for a doctoral degree during the 2022-2023 academic year.

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  • NIH funds MD/PhD student’s research on triple-negative breast cancer

    NIH funds MD/PhD student’s research on triple-negative breast cancer

    MD/PhD student Ayush Kumar has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award from the National Cancer Institute to study the most aggressive type of breast cancer.

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  • Transgender, gender-diverse patients face barriers to eating disorder care, UMass Chan survey finds

    Transgender, gender-diverse patients face barriers to eating disorder care, UMass Chan survey finds

    According to research by Katarina A. Ferrucci, PhD’23, transgender and gender-diverse people face more challenges than cisgender people in accessing treatment for eating disorders, and care providers aren’t always aware of the barriers.

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  • Roberto Caricchio launches Lupus Center at UMass Chan

    Roberto Caricchio launches Lupus Center at UMass Chan

    Roberto Caricchio, MD, is leading the new UMass Chan Lupus Center at UMass Chan in partnership with UMass Memorial Health.

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  • Using the microbiome to protect against radiation exposure

    Using the microbiome to protect against radiation exposure

    Beth McCormick, PhD, and Vanni Bucci, PhD, are leading a $3 million effort to explore engineering the gut microbiome to counteract the effects of radiation exposure and total body irradiation.

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  • Clinical study aims to identify early molecular and biological signatures of vitiligo

    Clinical study aims to identify early molecular and biological signatures of vitiligo

    John E. Harris, MD, PhD, and Manuel Garber, PhD, will lead a $3.75 million NIH clinical study at UMass Chan Medical School to identify potential preclinical genetic, molecular and biological signatures that may predispose patients to developing vitiligo.

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  • UMass Chan, Moderna partner to provide microscopes to Worcester middle schools

    UMass Chan, Moderna partner to provide microscopes to Worcester middle schools

    Dozens of new microscopes will be delivered to six Worcester middle schools thanks to a partnership between UMass Chan Medical School and Moderna.

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  • Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honors student achievement

    Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honors student achievement

    In its annual pre-Commencement celebration, the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honored student scientists and recognized Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, for reaching her five-year mark as dean at the 2023 Student Achievement and Leadership Awards Ceremony.

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  • UMass Chan faculty lead creation of perinatal mental health tools

    UMass Chan faculty lead creation of perinatal mental health tools

    Perinatal mental health conditions are the leading cause of maternal mortality or pregnancy-related death in the United States. UMass Chan researchers Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, have spearheaded creation of new resources to help obstetric care clinicians identify and care for patients with mental health conditions.

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  • PODCAST: UMass Chan experts discuss gut microbiome’s role in health

    PODCAST: UMass Chan experts discuss gut microbiome’s role in health

    In a new Voices of UMass Chan podcast, Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, and Heidi Leftwich, DO, discuss their research on the role the gut microbiome plays in our overall health.

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  • Craig Ceol receives NIH grant to study melanocyte regeneration

    Craig Ceol receives NIH grant to study melanocyte regeneration

    Craig Ceol, PhD, has received a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to fund research on cellular and molecular regulators of melanocyte regeneration using zebrafish as a model.

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  • MD/PhD student using NIH award to study onset of Huntington’s disease

    MD/PhD student using NIH award to study onset of Huntington’s disease

    MD/PhD student Jillian Belgrad has received an award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the pathology that drives the development of Huntington’s disease symptoms.  

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  • Gene linking circadian and circatidal rhythms is discovered in tiny crustacean

    Gene linking circadian and circatidal rhythms is discovered in tiny crustacean

    Scientists at UMass Chan Medical School and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole have identified the first gene to play a crucial role in regulating circatidal behavior in the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. The study by Patrick Emery, PhD; Joshua Rosenthal, PhD; and colleagues demonstrates the first molecular link between circatidal and circadian clocks.

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  • Phillip Zamore elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Phillip Zamore elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, is one of 120 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences who were recognized for distinguished achievements in original research. Dr. Zamore is credited with identifying the biochemical machinery responsible for RNA silencing.

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  • Inaugural Finberg memorial award winners to present at Innate Immunity Day

    Inaugural Finberg memorial award winners to present at Innate Immunity Day

    The Program in Innate Immunity is hosting Innate Immunity Day 2023: Mechanisms and Consequences of Cell Death on May 10 in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium in the Sherman Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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  • Genomes from 240 mammals reveal what makes human genome unique

    Genomes from 240 mammals reveal what makes human genome unique

    An international team of researchers co-led by UMass Chan researcher Elinor Karlsson, PhD, has demonstrated how comparative genomics can not only shed light on how certain species achieve extraordinary feats, but also help scientists better understand the parts of our genome that are functional and how they might influence health and disease.

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  • UMass Chan investigators identify new pattern recognition system that monitors disease-causing bacteria in C. elegans

    UMass Chan investigators identify new pattern recognition system that monitors disease-causing bacteria in C. elegans

    Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, identified a new mechanism to detect microbial infection that intercepts pathogen-derived signals of growth and virulence to assess the relative threat of virulent bacteria.

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  • MD/PhD student approaches Alzheimer’s disease through gut microbiome research

    MD/PhD student approaches Alzheimer’s disease through gut microbiome research

    After college, MD/PhD student Ethan Loew was torn between practicing bench science or becoming a clinician, but his postgraduate experience in a lab and a hospital showed him how he could combine the two.

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  • Bethany Berry represents UMass Chan students on UMass Board of Trustees

    Bethany Berry represents UMass Chan students on UMass Board of Trustees

    MD/PhD student Bethany Berry plans to champion diversity and advocacy as UMass Chan Medical School’s student representative on the UMass Board of Trustees. Her research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of meningioma, a type of intracranial tumor.

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  • COVID-19 rapid tests can breed confusion; here’s how to make sense of the results

    COVID-19 rapid tests can breed confusion; here’s how to make sense of the results

    In a piece originally published on The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, and Apurv Soni, MD, PhD'21, help allay confusion about how to get the most accurate results from COVID-19 rapid tests.

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  • MD/PhD student aims to prevent disease through community-based nutrition policy

    MD/PhD student aims to prevent disease through community-based nutrition policy

    MD/PhD student Claire Branley is passionate about fighting food insecurity to prevent disease. The president of the UMass Chan Community Garden, Branley is researching community-based nutrition policy.

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  • UMass Chan Community Garden hitting food insecurity at home head-on

    UMass Chan Community Garden hitting food insecurity at home head-on

    The UMass Chan Community Garden gives student volunteers the opportunity to tackle food insecurity and prevent chronic disease through diet.

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  • UMass Chan MD/PhD student’s published COVID-19 rapid testing research guides FDA

    UMass Chan MD/PhD student’s published COVID-19 rapid testing research guides FDA

    Carly Herbert, an MD/PhD student at UMass Chan Medical School, is a student investigator and the first or second author named on six publications on rapid COVID-19 tests.

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  • Vibrant stoles at Commencement to honor accomplishments of students of color

    Vibrant stoles at Commencement to honor accomplishments of students of color

    A new tradition will be celebrated at UMass Chan Medical School on Friday, June 3, when graduating students of color from all three schools at UMass Chan will be given colorful Kente and multicultural stoles to be worn as regalia during Commencement.

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  • Student-created mentorship groups shine through UMass LIGHT

    Student-created mentorship groups shine through UMass LIGHT

    Created by students in 2021, UMass LIGHT aims to increase diversity, equity and inclusion; promote career growth; and create professional development opportunities through mentorship and community events.

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  • Catarina Kiefe named director of Medical Scientist Training Program at UMass Chan Medical School

    Catarina Kiefe named director of Medical Scientist Training Program at UMass Chan Medical School

    Physician-scientist, educator and mentor Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, has been named the new director of the MD/PhD program at UMass Chan.

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  • MD/PhD candidate Peter Cruz-Gordillo matches into neurosurgery residency on Match Day 2022

    MD/PhD candidate Peter Cruz-Gordillo matches into neurosurgery residency on Match Day 2022

    Peter Cruz-Gordillo was overjoyed to match into his first choice as a neurosurgery resident at Oregon Health Center in Portland at Match Day 2022 on Friday, March 18. It’s a perfect match for his interests in understanding and treating brain tumors and performing neurosurgery at the lab bench and bedside.

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  • UMass Chan student trustee focused on diversity, equity and inclusion

    UMass Chan student trustee focused on diversity, equity and inclusion

    UMass Chan Medical School MD/PhD student Zach Dyer is serving as a student trustee on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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  • Research from McCormick lab identifies new link between microbiome and intestinal function

    Research from the McCormick lab identifies new link between microbiome and intestinal function

    Scientists from the McCormick lab at UMass Chan Medical School and the University of Bath have identified a new connection between molecules produced by the microbiome and the function of a human protein that impacts gut inflammation.

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  • MD/PhD candidate seeks to improve health by understanding host-pathogen interactions

    MD/PhD candidate seeks to improve health by understanding host-pathogen interactions

    MD/PhD candidate Nick Peterson is studying host-pathogen interactions in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and is co-chair of the MD/PhD Curriculum Committee.

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  • Apurv Soni, 29 Who Shine honoree, focused on health equity in U.S. and abroad

    Apurv Soni, 29 Who Shine honoree, focused on health equity in U.S. and abroad

    The Massachusetts Department of Education has named MD/PhD candidate Apurv Soni the UMass Medical School “29 Who Shine” honoree for 2021.

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  • GSBS Diversity Interest Group promotes social justice, equity and advocacy

    GSBS Diversity Interest Group promotes social justice, equity and advocacy

    The GSBS Diversity Interest Group is “centered on sharing the voices of our fellow trainees and having their stories and experiences heard.”

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  • Nick Peterson and Samantha Tse named Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award recipients

    Nick Peterson and Samantha Tse named Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award recipients

    Two MD/PhD students in the lab of Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, have each received Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards from the National Institute of Health.

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  • Tracking heart rhythms through smart watches a ‘marriage of science and medicine’

    Tracking heart rhythms through smart watches a ‘marriage of science and medicine’

    Prompted by a health issue that his grandmother had, MD/PhD student Eric Ding is studying how smart watches monitor heart rhythms and detect atrial fibrillation in older adults. His work is supported by a three-year National Institutes of Health grant.

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  • MD/PhD student Laël Ngangmeni dedicated to women’s health equity and justice

    MD/PhD student Laël Ngangmeni dedicated to women’s health equity and justice

    MD/PhD student Laël Ngangmeni, MBS, started school when she was 3 in her home country of Cameroon. A natural-born learner and curious thinker, Ngangmeni knew science was her calling.

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  • New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

    New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

    MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand is co-first author on a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Network Open that examines the frequency of COVID-19 positive older adults presenting to the emergency department with delirium.

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  • UMass Medical School students study population health through community lens

    UMass Medical School students study population health through community lens

    School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing students explored a range of public health issues through population health clerkships and presented their work virtually.

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  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts improv workshops for PREP, IMSD students

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts improv workshops for PREP, IMSD students

    Students in the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences gathered on Zoom recently to practice their quick-thinking skills through workshops in improvisation.

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  • UMass Chan study to examine how different body fat plays a role in type 2 diabetes

    UMMS study to examine how different body fat plays a role in type 2 diabetes

    A new four-year, $2 million grant will allow Silvia Corvera, MD, to learn more about whether the development and function of two types of fat cells differ in people with type 2 diabetes, and may help explain what causes diabetes and obesity.

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  • Kevin Gao receives Kirschstein Award for research into role of B cells in pulmonary fibrosis caused by SAVI

    Kevin Gao receives Kirschstein Award for research into role of B cells in pulmonary fibrosis caused by SAVI

    MD/PhD candidate Kevin Gao has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to study a rare autoinflammatory disease in infants called STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy.

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  • More than half of COVID-19 clinical trials exclude older adults, according to research co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand

    More than half of COVID-19 clinical trials exclude older adults, according to research co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand

    A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine, co-authored by UMass Medical School MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand, reports that older adults were likely to be excluded from more than 50 percent of COVID-19 clinical trials and 100 percent of vaccine trials initiated early in the pandemic.

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  • UMass Chan scientists lead effort to annotate human genome

    UMMS scientists lead effort to annotate human genome

    Jill Moore, PhD’18, Zhiping Weng, PhD, and MD/PhD students Michael Purcaro and Henry Pratt are lead authors on the latest publication of data from the ambitious ENCODE project. 

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  • NIDA grant funds MD/PhD student’s study of hepatitis C and injection drug use in rural New England

    NIDA grant funds MD/PhD student’s study of hepatitis C and injection drug use in rural New England

    MD/PhD student Eric Romo received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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  • UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial create risk scoring tool to triage COVID-19 patients

    UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial create risk scoring tool to triage COVID-19 patients

    David McManus, MD, and MD/PhD candidate Apurv Soni developed a tool to predict risk of severe illness in COVID-19 patients.

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  • MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer

    MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer

    A new study by a team of UMass Medical School researchers, led by Jordan Smith, MD/PhD candidate, has identified a new therapeutic target in hepatoblastoma, a rare, primarily pediatric liver cancer.

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  • UMass Chan students produce hand sanitizer for nearby hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic

    UMMS students produce hand sanitizer for nearby hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic

    As medical professionals are working to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and critical supplies of protective gear are running low, students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMass Medical School produced nearly 130 gallons of hand sanitizer to help sustain local hospitals.

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  • Early match success for School of Medicine 2020 students

    Early match success for School of Medicine 2020 students

    School of Medicine 2020 class members Lauren Colwell, Britney Atwater and Ashley Matthew were matched to their specialty residency programs in January. Colwell is going into ophthalmology; Atwater and Matthew urology.

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  • Physician-scientist retreat highlights MD/PhD student achievement at UMass Medical School

    Physician-scientist retreat highlights MD/PhD student achievement at UMass Medical School

    The 15th annual Physician-Scientist Retreat at UMass Medical School shined a light on students working to complete both medical and biomedical sciences doctoral degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program.

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  • Research from Jeanne Lawrence lab reveals new insights into neurodevelopment in Down syndrome

    Research from Jeanne Lawrence lab reveals new insights into neurodevelopment in Down syndrome

    According to new research from the lab of Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, differentiated human cells retain the ability to undergo chromosome silencing in response to XIST, a naturally occurring “off switch” for the female X-chromosome.

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