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John Erwin appointed vice chancellor for government relations

John Erwin appointed vice chancellor for government relations

John Erwin, a widely known and highly regarded government affairs leader, will join UMass Medical School in early January as vice chancellor for government relations.

Shoppers give generously to UMMS Public Safety toy drive

Shoppers give generously to UMMS Public Safety toy drive

The UMass Medical School Department of Public Safety’s annual Christmas toy drive netted enough toys and gift certificates to fill 10 police cruisers at a collection held Saturday, Dec. 1 at Walmart in Northborough.

UMMS scientists receive $1.6M in NIH funding to improve genome editing techniques

UMMS scientists receive $1.6M in NIH funding to improve genome editing techniques

Led by Guangping Gao, PhD, and Erik Sontheimer, PhD, scientists at UMass Medical School will work to develop technology to enable safe genome editing in patients, thanks to new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Listen: A conversation with UMass President Marty Meehan

Listen: A conversation with UMass President Marty Meehan

A new Voices of UMassMed podcast in which Marty Meehan highlights his focus as president of the University of Massachusetts system is available.

UMMS community gathering Coats for Kids for Worcester Public Schools

UMMS community gathering Coats for Kids for Worcester Public Schools

UMass Medical School is again participating in the annual Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids drive to provide new, warm outerwear to Worcester children in need.

Max Baker Resource Center for students facing food insecurity dedicated at UMMS

Max Baker Resource Center for students facing food insecurity dedicated at UMMS

A new student-led food pantry and resource center for UMass Medical School students was dedicated at a ceremony recognizing the contributions of those who made it possible.

NIH grant supports UMMS research on ‘off switch’ for extra chromosome in Down syndrome

NIH grant supports UMMS research on ‘off switch’ for extra chromosome in Down syndrome

Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, and Jaime Rivera, PhD, received a five-year, $2.8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health to test a strategy in a mouse model for silencing the extra chromosome that causes Down Syndrome.

The Conversation: Michael Hirsh makes case for physician role in stemming gun fatalities

The Conversation: Michael Hirsh makes case for physician role in stemming gun fatalities

Michael Hirsh, MD, said doctors must take an active role in addressing the rising number of gun fatalities across the United States in a new opinion piece published Nov. 28 in The Conversation.

Victor Ambros named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Victor Ambros named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Victor Ambros, PhD, has been elected by his peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UMMS helps Liberian partners strengthen health care services

UMMS helps Liberian partners strengthen health care services

Significant progress has been made in the effort to establish certified public health laboratories and safe blood collection and infection prevention and control practices in Liberia, according to David Chiriboga, MD, MPH, and colleagues, who recently provided an update work to strengthen health care services in the country.

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