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Overdose Prevention Fund to support research, education, community efforts to combat opioid epidemic

Overdose Prevention Fund to support research, education, community efforts to combat opioid epidemic

On International Overdose Awareness Day, members of the Department of Emergency Medicine are launching the Overdose Prevention Fund in support of academic efforts in research, education and community-based interventions to help stem the opioid overdose epidemic that has gripped Massachusetts and the rest of the country.

UMMS study shows MassHealth initiative increased behavioral health screening for children

UMMS study shows MassHealth initiative increased behavioral health screening for children

The Massachusetts Medicaid program’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative has substantially increased the percentage of children receiving behavioral health screening, according to a study led by UMass Medical School to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics and available online ahead of print.

UMMS scientists probe how CRISPR-CAS9 works

UMMS scientists probe how CRISPR-CAS9 works

A new study by Thoru Pederson, PhD, and colleagues published in the Journal of Cell Biology reveals important new details about the inner workings of the CRISPR-Cas9 machinery in live cells.

Telegram: UMass Medical School Anatomical Gift Program sees increase in donations

Telegram: UMass Medical School Anatomical Gift Program sees increase in donations

UMass Medical School’s Anatomical Gift Program has received an increase in donations, according to an Aug. 26 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The rate of donations has risen about 45 percent overall since 2010, with 112 donations this year.

UMMS, WPI collaborate to shed light on transmission of common fungal infection among newborns

UMMS, WPI collaborate to shed light on transmission of common fungal infection among newborns

Researchers at UMass Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are investigating how newborns become infected with Candida albicans, a common fungus that is known to live on almost every human being.

Safe-opioid prescribing working group details success in AAMC journal Academic Medicine

Safe-opioid prescribing working group details success in AAMC journal Academic Medicine

Terence R. Flotte, MD, and colleagues from the Medical Education Working Group published a paper in the AAMC journal American Medicine about the collaboration to develop cross-institutional core competences for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse.

UMMS mourns passing of Paul Marshall

UMMS mourns passing of Paul Marshall

UMMS mourns the death of Paul Marshall, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics and neurology, who died in a swimming accident in July. Dr. Marshall was 71. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10.

UMMS works to improve web text for people with cognitive disabilities

UMMS works to improve web text for people with cognitive disabilities

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is conducting research to determine if simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their understanding of what they read online.

Andreas Bergmann, PhD, receives Outstanding Investigator Award from NIH

Andreas Bergmann, PhD, receives Outstanding Investigator Award from NIH

Andreas Bergmann, PhD, has received a five-year, $3.5 million Maximizing Investigator Research Award from the National Institutes of Health.

New York Times tests online sleep training program developed by UMMS sleep expert

New York Times tests online sleep training program developed by UMMS sleep expert

An online cognitive behavioral therapy program for insomnia co-developed by UMass Medical School sleep medicine specialist Gregg Jacobs, PhD, was put to the test by a New York Times Well columnist, who reported on her experience in an Aug. 16 story.

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