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Communication between neighboring cells triggers autophagy

Communication between neighboring cells triggers autophagy

Eric H. Baehrecke, PhD, has identified an immune-related protein deployed between neighboring cells in Drosophila that plays an essential role in the cell-degradation process known as autophagy.

Joan Vitello, PhD, recognized for excellence in nursing leadership

Joan Vitello, PhD, recognized for excellence in nursing leadership

Graduate School of Nursing Dean Joan Vitello, PhD, received the 2017 Mary B. Conceison Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Jason Lau named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

Jason Lau named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

Jason Lau, a third-year School of Medicine student, has been named an NIH 2017 Medical Research Scholar.

Telegram columnist examines how UMass Medical School impacts economy

Telegram columnist examines how UMass Medical School impacts economy

UMass Medical School plays a major role in the Worcester economy, according to a June 25 column by Peter Cohan in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Summer Enrichment Program enlightening for aspiring physician and nurse practitioner

Summer Enrichment Program enlightening for aspiring physician and nurse practitioner

The UMass Medical School Summer Enrichment Program immerses college students in challenging academics, community and cultural health seminars and real-world shadowing experiences, designed to improve their qualifications and competitive standing for admission to professional or graduate school in the health sciences.

Hugh Silk, MD, takes leadership role at new center to integrate oral health into primary care training

Hugh Silk, MD, takes leadership role at new center to integrate oral health into primary care training

UMMS oral health advocate and family medicine educator Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, is co-investigator for the new five-year, $4.5 million HRSA grant to establish the Center for the Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health.

UMMS addresses urgent need to train doctors to care for older Americans

UMMS addresses urgent need to train doctors to care for older Americans

UMass Medical School recently offered its eighth annual Chief Resident Immersion Training program on Cape Cod, designed to improve chief residents’ understanding of geriatric care challenges and enhance their leadership and teaching skills through small group discussions, mini-lectures and mentoring sessions.

Sean Ryder’s hair-razing campaign supports Jill Zitzewitz as she faces multiple myeloma

Sean Ryder’s hair-razing campaign supports Jill Zitzewitz as she faces multiple myeloma

Jill Zitzewitz, PhD, said the support of her UMMS colleagues, led by Sean Ryder, PhD, as she undergoes treatment for multiple myeloma has boosted her spirits and shown her “what a wonderful place this is.” 

Can Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention?

Can Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention?

Molly Waring, PhD, has received an NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute grant to evaluate a post-partum weight loss intervention delivered through Facebook.

JAMA Viewpoint: Nursing homes make progress in reducing use of antipsychotic drugs

JAMA Viewpoint: Nursing homes make progress in reducing use of antipsychotic drugs

Fewer dementia patients are being given antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, according to a JAMA Viewpoint article by Jerry Gurwitz, MD, and colleagues. (Graphic courtesy of Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

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