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    David McManus and Brian Lewis named to endowed chairs

    The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved two “accomplished and visionary” University of Massachusetts faculty as endowed chairs at its April meeting.

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  • Community News

    Chancellor Collins to receive honorary degree, offer reflection at Holy Cross commencement May 21

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins has been selected by Holy Cross to receive an honorary degree and provide a reflection to the Class of 2021 at its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21. He earned his undergraduate degree at the college in 1977.  

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School helps lead NIH RADx to accelerate new COVID test technologies

    The national effort to bring convenient, affordable and rapid testing technology for SARS-CoV-2 infection to market is moving full speed ahead. The $1.5 billion effort was launched a year ago, with UMass Medical School playing a major role in coordinating the push for fast, accessible COVID-19 testing.

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  • Community News

    American College of Physicians recognizes Thomas Lincoln with W. Lester Henry Award

    Thomas Lincoln, MD, has been awarded the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians. The award recognizes a member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research, or in access to care in relation to diverse populations.

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  • Media, Research News

    Video: Preventive shot for Lyme disease, now in clinical trial, explained

    A pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease, developed at MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and now being tested in a year-long human clinical trial, could be ready for licensure in about two and a half years, according to Mark Klempner, MD.

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  • Research News

    Preventative shot for Lyme disease, developed at UMass Medical School, enters clinical trial

    Lyme PrEP, a seasonal shot to prevent Lyme disease developed by MassBiologics at UMass Medical School, has begun enrolling volunteers to evaluate the safety and pharmacology of the treatment.

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  • Media, Research News

    UMass Medical School joins JDRF Center of Excellence in New England to advance type 1 diabetes research

    Five UMass Medical School scientists from the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence are part of the JDRF Center of Excellence in New England that launched Feb. 23. The goal of the is to create a cell replacement therapy that could treat and potentially cure type 1 diabetes.

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  • Education News

    LISTEN: UMass Medical School celebrates resident physicians

    A new Voices of UMassMed podcast spotlights the robust Graduate Medical Education programs at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care.

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  • Research News

    FDA approves Investigational New Drug Application for DNA/prime-protein boost vaccine to prevent HIV infections

    Worcester HIV Vaccine has received clearance from the FDA for its Investigational New Drug application for a novel polyvalent DNA/prime-protein boost vaccine to prevent HIV.

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  • Research News

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings dropped during COVID-19 pandemic, UMMS study finds

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings declined rapidly in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new study by UMass Medical School researchers working with Reliant Medical Group.

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  • Research News

    UMMS researchers track COVID virus changes, community spread, as part of surveillance network

    UMass Medical School researchers are working with a statewide network in partnership with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the extent of SARS-CoV-2 mutations in the Worcester area and what role they might play in community spread.

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School researchers to start trial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in teens

    UMass Medical School researchers are about to start enrolling adolescents ages 12 through 17 in a clinical trial to test the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine made by Moderna.

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  • Education News, Media

    Second-year med student Angela Essa studying diet and hypertension in pregnant women

    Angela Essa, SOM ’23, said she has “always been really curious about medicine and the biology of disease and how we treat it.”

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  • Research News

    Atalanta Therapeutics founded by UMass Medical School and three faculty members

    Atalanta Therapeutics, a biotech founded by UMass Medical School and three faculty research scientists to pioneer treatment options for neurodegenerative diseases, has launched with financing by venture capital fund F-Prime Capital and strategic collaborations with Biogen and Genentech.

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  • Research News

    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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  • Research News

    Researchers to study health care providers’ influence on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

    Kimberly Fisher, MD, and Kathleen Mazor, EdD, are preparing a study to evaluate ways for health care providers to talk with their patients about the new COVID-19 vaccines and support them in getting vaccinated.

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  • Education News

    Student-led virtual wellness program provides companionship to older, hospitalized COVID patients

    A new companionship wellness initiative at UMass Medical School is combating isolation and loneliness among COVID-19 patients 65 and older by having students virtually check in, comfort and emotionally support them at two Worcester hospitals.

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  • Community News

    Robert Finberg named distinguished professor of medicine

    In recognition of his unique contributions to UMass Medical School, Robert W. Finberg, MD, has been named a distinguished professor of medicine.

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  • Community News, Media

    COVID vaccines arrive in Worcester; health care providers, staff first to be inoculated

    Frontline health care workers employed by UMass Memorial Health Care are among those expected to receive vaccinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 beginning this week.

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  • Research News

    UMMS leads national study to enhance patient and caregiver awareness of overprescribing in dementia

    Jerry Gurwitz, MD, is leading a team that was recently awarded an $814,000 planning grant from the National Institute on Aging to enhance patient/caregiver communication with their health care provider about medications, which may help reduce inappropriate prescribing to people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

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  • Community News

    Digital medicine expert David McManus appointed to serve as chair of medicine

    David D. McManus, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Medicine, beginning next month. He will also be invested as the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine and serve as founding director of the Program in Digital Medicine.

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  • Education News

    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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  • Research News

    Robert Finberg details next steps for COVID vaccine

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, a member of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, explains the process of getting the population vaccinated that will play out in phases over the coming year.

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  • Research News

    NIH research funding surges at UMass Medical School

    National Institutes of Health research funding to UMass Medical School grew by 78 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which began July 1. Grants and contracts from all funding sources increased by nearly 50 percent.

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  • Community News

    Keeping the workplace safe: UMMS infection control officer forges COVID response

    Under the guidance of Sharone Green, MD, infectious disease officer at UMass Medical School, COVID-19 infection numbers at UMMS remain low, reflecting the community’s respect for the seriousness of the situation and following safety protocols.

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  • Education News

    Deborah DeMarco honored by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

    Deborah DeMarco, MD, is the recipient of the ACGME 2020 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. The award acknowledges the leadership and commitment of designated institutional officials who foster an excellent environment for resident/fellow education at their institutions.

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  • Research News

    COVID-19 vaccine trial reports high effectiveness; UMass Medical School key enrollment site

    First results from a Pfizer and BioNTech Phase III messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine trial, in which UMass Medical School is participating, show promising findings, with more than 90 percent effectiveness in preventing infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the companies announced.

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  • Education News

    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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  • Community News

    LISTEN: Robert Finberg advises ‘Wear your mask, get the flu shot and protect your neighbors’

    As coronavirus cases surge and the flu season gets underway across the United States, infectious disease expert Roberg W. Finberg, MD, provides a snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic, offers insight into the latest research and urges people to stay vigilant in a new Voices of UMassMed podcast.

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  • Research News

    Sarah Nicole Forrester, Ann Moormann awarded $2 million NCI SeroNet grant

    Sarah Nicole Forrester, PhD, and Ann Moormann, PhD, MPH, are co-principal investigators on a new grant aimed at enhancing representation of Black and Hispanic people in SARS-CoV-2 immunology research through the use of storytelling.

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  • Education News, Media

    Mina Botros connects patients to care through Worcester Free Clinics

    Second-year School of Medicine student Mina Botros is the co-president of the Worcester Free Care Collaborative, a group of free medical programs in the greater Worcester area that offers free patient care. 

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  • Research News

    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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  • Education News

    Mary Callery O’Brien honored with Massachusetts Medical Society Grant V. Rodkey Award

    Mary Callery O’Brien, MD, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with the 2020 Grant V. Rodkey Award for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students.

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  • Community News

    Remillard Family Community Service Fund awards eight grants to faculty and students

    Designed to amplify the impact of UMass Medical School on the local community, the Remillard Family Community Service Fund provides support for community outreach programs.

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  • Research News

    UMMS researchers study attitudes toward potential COVID-19 vaccine

    As many as four in 10 adults would refuse or hesitate to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a national survey, results of which were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Study co-authors Kimberly Fisher, MD, and Kathleen Mazor, EdD, say the findings indicate that health education outreach would be necessary to achieve widespread uptake of a safe and effective vaccine.

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  • Community News

    UMass Cancer Walk and Run supporters continue tradition of generosity

    Gratitude, solidarity and hope were the themes of the day on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the 22nd annual—and first-ever virtual—UMass Cancer Walk and Run. Donors, fundraisers and sponsors maintained their steadfast support for cancer research and clinical trials at UMass Medical School.

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  • Media, Research News

    Boston Globe, CNN: UMass Medical School seeking to enroll diverse communities in COVID vaccine trial

    Robert Finberg, MD, spoke with the Boston Globe and CNN about measures UMass Medical School has taken to reach a diverse population as it recruits for its involvement in the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine trail for COVID-19.

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  • Community News

    Virtual UMass Cancer Walk and Run to take place Sept. 13

    On Sunday, Sept. 13, the quad on the UMass Medical School campus will be unusually quiet. Instead of thousands gathering in person to walk or run in support of cancer research, care and clinical trials at UMMS, supporters will be participating virtually in the 22nd annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run.

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School announces participation and enrollment for vaccine trial candidate against COVID-19

    UMass Medical School is enrolling healthy volunteers to take part in a Phase II/III clinical trial testing whether a messenger RNA vaccine candidate can prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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  • Community News

    UMMS infectious disease expert urges flu vaccination to avoid COVID-19 ‘twindemic’

    Infectious disease specialist Robert W. Finberg, MD, is urging people to get vaccinated soon against influenza, as the threat approaches of what has been called a “twindemic,” the annual spike in seasonal flu coinciding this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Research News

    New study: MassBiologics discovers antibodies that may protect against COVID-19

    A new study by researchers at MassBiologics of UMass Medical School published in Nature Communications suggests that COVID specific IgA monoclonal antibodies may provide effective immunity in the respiratory system against the novel coronavirus—a potentially critical feature of an effective vaccine.

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School granted five-year, $30 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award

    UMass Medical School will bring the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science to its next level of innovation and collaboration with the five-year, $30 million renewal of its Clinical and Translational Sciences Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Research News

    Sybil Crawford receives 2020 Best Paper Award from North American Menopause Society

    Sybil Crawford, PhD, has received the 2020 North American Menopause Society/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Menopause Journal Best Paper Award for a study which found that many women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms could benefit from hormone therapy with minimal health risks.

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School receives $100 million in NIH grants to lead push for fast, accessible COVID-19 tests

    UMass Medical School has been awarded grants totaling more than $100 million to coordinate the nationwide push for fast, accessible COVID-19 testing, playing a major role in the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, or RADx, program.

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  • Community News

    UMass Medical School appoints five faculty members to endowed chairs

    Douglas T. Golenbock, MD; Gregory A. Volturo, MD; Anastasia Khvorova, PhD; Erik J. Sontheimer, PhD; and Jennifer A. Reidy, MD, have been named to endowed faculty posts at UMass Medical School.

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  • Research News

    LISTEN: How monoclonal antibodies can help fight infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease

    In a new Voices of UMassMed podcast, Mark Klempner, MD, talks about promising new research into infectious diseases, including Lyme disease, at MassBiologics of UMass Medical School.

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  • Community News

    Celia Schiffer named 2020 ELAM Leadership for Women in Medicine fellow

    Celia Schiffer, PhD, has been selected as a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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  • Community News

    UMMS to host July 2 virtual global conference on sustainable health equity

    David E. Chiriboga, MD, MPH, has organized a virtual international conference July 2 on “health equity in the pandemic and beyond,” an initiative driven by the pressing need to address health disparities within and among countries that are being amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Research News

    Yasaman Gholamalipour awarded fellowship by Huntington’s Disease Society of America

    UMass Medical School postdoctoral associate Yasaman Gholamalipour, PhD, was awarded the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Berman-Topper Family HD Career Development Fellowship for 2020.

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  • Research News

    UMass research and development expenditures rise to record $684 million

    Research expenditures at the University of Massachusetts increased by $33 million in one fiscal year to a record high of $684 million in fiscal year 2019. At UMass Medical School, research expenditures rose by 2.7 percent to $281.51 million.

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  • Community News

    UMass Medical School taking a stand in support of positive change

    In a memo to the UMass Medical School community, Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Dean Terence R. Flotte say racism is a public health crisis and outline changes underway at UMMS.

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  • Research News

    Katherine Fitzgerald and Anastasia Khvorova named Harrington Scholars

    The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, in collaboration with Morgan Stanley GIFT Cures, has chosen two UMass Medical School faculty members to receive Harrington Scholar Awards for Coronavirus.

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  • Research News

    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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  • Research News

    A Lyme disease vaccine doesn’t exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection

    In a piece originally published on The Conversation, Mark Klempner, MD, talks about a yearly antibody for Lyme disease that shows promise for preventing infection.

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  • Research News

    UMass Medical School researchers ramp up COVID-19 convalescent plasma study

    More than 100 critically ill COVID-19 patients in the UMass Memorial Health Care system have been treated with convalescent plasma through a UMass Medical School clinical trial led by Jonathan M. Gerber, MD.

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  • Research News

    UMMS immunologist Katherine Fitzgerald admitted to Royal Irish Academy

    UMass Medical School researcher and world-renowned immunologist Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, has been named an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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  • Community News, Research News

    2020 Women’s Faculty Awards honor six for excellence across the career spectrum

    Colleen Harrington, MD; Seema Adhami, MD; Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD; Anastasia Khvorova, PhD; Suzanne Cashman, ScD; and Jennifer Bradford, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2020 Women’s Faculty Awards.

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  • Research News

    NIH invests in rapid innovation and development for COVID-19 testing

    The Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies, co-directed by David McManus, MD, at UMass Medical School, will perform a key role in a new National Institutes of Health initiative aimed at speeding innovation, development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies.

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  • Research News

    Study: E-cigarettes not associated with greater quitting success among traditional smokers

    A study by UMass Medical School researchers found that cigarette smokers who used both e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes smoked more combustible cigarettes daily and had less success at abstaining than smokers who only used combustible cigarettes.

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  • Community News

    Local clinics using telehealth to consult with patients; medical students provide training

    Students at UMass Medical School worked with more than 60 local health care providers to get telehealth programs up and running in their clinics so that they can connect with patients through video conferencing.

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  • Community News

    UMMS resident Nancy Anoruo working as ABC News contributor

    Nancy A. Anoruo, MD, MPH, a third-year resident in the Department of Medicine, is working as a medical contributor and journalist for the ABC News Medical Unit in New York.

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  • Education News

    New UMMS School of Medicine grads to news media: We’re ready to serve

    In interviews with the media, new graduates of the School of Medicine Class of 2020 say they are honored to begin serving patients and are well prepared to do so, amid the global pandemic.

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  • Education News

    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 News

    K Club at UMass Medical School prepares new investigators for independent funding

    The Research Career and Writing Group, known as the “K Club”, helps junior investigators obtain early career training grants known as K awards to advance their research. Daniel Amante, PhD, is among the more than 80 percent of K Club participants who have applied for these awards and received funding.

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  • Research News

    Two UMass Medical School research teams to compete in 2020 STAT Madness competition

    Two research teams from UMass Medical School have been selected by STAT News to compete among 64 contestants in the 2020 STAT Madness, a bracket-style competition in which members of the public will vote for the best biomedical research from 2019.

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  • Research News

    Katherine Fitzgerald and Sanjay Ram elected to American Academy of Microbiology

    Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD, and Sanjay Ram, MD, were elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

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  • Research News

    Glass Family Fellow in Diabetes Research established at UMMS

    The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence has established the Glass Family Fellow in Diabetes Research through a gift from Scott and Patricia Glass. It was presented to Richard A. Siller, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of René Maehr, PhD.

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  • Research News

    Startup incubator aims to spur life-saving innovations

    A business incubator working to improve the lives of patients with heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders, the Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies is expanding its reach to the next generation of biotech and medical-device entrepreneurs.

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  • Research News

    Cancer deaths decline in US, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

    In an essay originally published by The Conversation, Cancer Center Director Jonathan Gerber, MD, discusses the specifics of recently reported declines in cancer deaths and provides perspective for future continued progress.

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  • Research News

    Catherine Forconi receives Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Grant

    Catherine Forconi, PhD, has received a 2019 Young Investigator Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to support research into endemic Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer and the most common childhood cancer in Africa.

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