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Boston Globe columnist lauds Jake Kennedy for lifetime of service as he launches ALS fund at UMass Medical School

Boston Globe columnist lauds Jake Kennedy for lifetime of service as he launches ALS fund at UMass Medical School

The Jake Kennedy ALS Fund, launched last month by Jake and Sparky Kennedy, supports research at UMass Medical School to find a cure for ALS. A Jan. 20 Boston Globe column by Kevin Cullen details the man behind the fund, recently diagnosed with ALS, and the kindness he and his wife have shown since launching Christmas in the City 30 years ago.

UMass Medical School to participate in World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day on Jan. 30

UMass Medical School to participate in World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day on Jan. 30

UMass Medical School will participate in World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day on Jan. 30, dedicated to the eradication of neglected tropical diseases, which threaten more 2 billion people worldwide. Raffi Aroian, PhD, and Gary Ostroff, PhD, will host guest speaker Patrick Skelly, PhD.

Gang Han optogenetic research named a top paper of 2019 by Cell

Gang Han optogenetic research named a top paper of 2019 by Cell

Research by Gang Han, PhD, was highlighted among the top articles published by Cell in 2019. The article explores how Dr. Han developed technology to give night vision to mammals through a simple injection.

Student-led study finds implicit bias an important issue for medical trainees

Student-led study finds implicit bias an important issue for medical trainees

In a study published in PLOS ONE, UMass Medical School students found that trainees value becoming aware of their own implicit biases as they prepare to practice medicine.

MLK Semester of Service awardees will address local health and education needs

MLK Semester of Service awardees will address local health and education needs

Four teams of UMass Medical School students that have been awarded Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Awards will help improve access to cervical cancer screening, train youth in a lifesaving emergency intervention, integrate medical health records into free medical care and expand tutoring opportunities for high school students.

NPR: Program developed at UMMS a ‘lifeline’ for mothers with postpartum depression

NPR: Program developed at UMMS a ‘lifeline’ for mothers with postpartum depression

A program developed at UMass Medical School to ensure women with depression during or after pregnancy get the help they need is being replicated across the country, according to an NPR Morning Edition report on the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms.

Sheldon Benjamin selected as director by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Sheldon Benjamin selected as director by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has selected Sheldon Benjamin, MD, as one of its eight psychiatry directors. He began his four-year term on Jan. 1.

Dorothy Schafer lab shows gene therapy protection of eyesight in models of multiple sclerosis

Dorothy Schafer lab shows gene therapy protection of eyesight in models of multiple sclerosis

New research by Dorothy Schafer, PhD, reveals the molecular process in which synaptic connections in the brain are damaged in multiple sclerosis and how it contributes to neurodegenerative symptoms. The paper also shows how gene therapy may be used to preserve neural circuits.

LISTEN: From music to medicine, Anne Larkin shares journey to UMMS

LISTEN: From music to medicine, Anne Larkin shares journey to UMMS

Meet Anne Larkin, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs, and hear how her journey led her to UMass Medical School in a new Voices of UMassMed podcast.

BaccMD Pathway Program illuminates path to medical school

BaccMD Pathway Program illuminates path to medical school

Third-year School of Medicine student Monica Tawadros came to UMass Medical School by way of the Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program. She is one of 10 students currently enrolled through the program. Learn more about the pathway in this video.

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