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Expert’s Corner: David Harlan on a closer look at the cause of diabetes

Expert’s Corner: David Harlan on a closer look at the cause of diabetes

In this expert’s corner video, David Harlan, MD, explains cutting-edge research at UMass Medical School that allows scientists to better understand how the immune system attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leading to diabetes.

Christopher Sassetti to lead international team studying biology of tuberculosis

Christopher Sassetti to lead international team studying biology of tuberculosis

With an $11 million, 5-year program project grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Christopher M. Sassetti, PhD, and an international team of researchers will study the underlying biology of tuberculosis.

Primary care physicians cautious about new guidelines for high blood pressure

Primary care physicians cautious about new guidelines for high blood pressure

Family medicine & community health faculty Ronald Adler, MD, and Frank Domino, MD, will continue counseling patients about lifestyle modifications as well as medication to manage blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular disease risk rather than striving to achieve a set point for all, despite stringent new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAMC: No tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine

AAMC: No tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine

Dean Terence R. Flotte served as senior author on a call to action published in Academic Medicine, titled, “It is time for zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine.”

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk beats fundraising goal, yields $560K for research, treatment

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk beats fundraising goal, yields $560K for research, treatment

The 19th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in $560,000 to support cancer research and treatment at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. 

Federal push for drug courts mirrors the model in Massachusetts

Federal push for drug courts mirrors the model in Massachusetts

The new federal commission on the opioid crisis will urge the Department of Justice to establish federal drug courts nationwide to better connect addicts with lifesaving treatment, a judicial system Massachusetts has used for years and recently improved with the help of UMass Medical School. Ira Packer, PhD, serves as director of the Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts.

RNA Society honors Andrei Korostelev and Erik Sontheimer

RNA Society honors Andrei Korostelev and Erik Sontheimer

The pre-eminent international organization for RNA researchers has named Andrei Korostelev, PhD, the recipient of its 2018 Early Career Award, and Erik Sontheimer, PhD, its 2018 Mid-Career Award winner. Both are faculty of the UMMS RNA Therapeutics Institute.

Serum Institute of India launches Rabishield, developed in partnership with UMMS

Serum Institute of India launches Rabishield, developed in partnership with UMMS

The Serum Institute of India has announced the global launch of Rabishield, a rabies monoclonal antibody developed in partnership with UMass Medical School. Rabishield, a U.S.-patented product, will help close the gaps in rabies prevention and is expected to significantly reduce the rabies mortality rate in India.

Teresita Padilla-Benavides recognized for mentorship with SACNAS award

Teresita Padilla-Benavides recognized for mentorship with SACNAS award

Teresita Padilla-Benavides, PhD, has received the 2017 SACNAS Outstanding Research and Professional Mentor award for her demonstrated record of encouraging underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced degrees in a science. 

Molecular, cell & cancer biology administrative team recognized with Chancellor’s Award

Molecular, cell & cancer biology administrative team recognized with Chancellor’s Award

The Department of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology’s administrative team was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing the UMMS Mission at the 39th Annual Employee Service Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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