2018 Press Releases

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Liberian health care system grows as Patricia McQuilkin, UMMS colleagues maintain commitment

Liberian health care system grows as Patricia McQuilkin, UMMS colleagues maintain commitment

A new, three-year, $1.5 million Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research grant from the National Academies of Sciences and USAID will support the work of Patricia McQuilkin, MD, and colleagues in Liberia to establish family medicine residency and infectious disease training and research for Liberian medical residents and junior faculty.

Job Dekker and colleagues develop new model to examine large mutations in cells

Job Dekker and colleagues develop new model to examine large mutations in cells

Job Dekker, PhD, creator of high-throughput chromosome conformation capture (known as Hi-C), and a team of researchers have developed a new computational framework combining optical mapping, Hi-C, and whole genome sequencing to find what are called “structural variants” within cancer genomes and learn more about how such cancers begin.

LISTEN: Elinor Karlsson explains how dog DNA aids human research

LISTEN: Elinor Karlsson explains how dog DNA aids human research

Elinor Karlsson, PhD, has spent her career examining genomic data to better understand human disease. In a new episode of the Voices of UMassMed podcast, she explains why she's turned to dog owners to help with a large genomic research project.

Sen. Markey visits UMass Medical School, discusses impact of NIH funding

Sen. Markey visits UMass Medical School, discusses impact of NIH funding

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey visited UMass Medical School on Tuesday, Aug. 14, spending time in a research lab and meeting with Chancellor Collins, Dean Flotte and leaders from UMass Memorial Health Care.

UMass Medical School researchers explain why cannabis may relieve intestinal inflammation

UMass Medical School researchers explain why cannabis may relieve intestinal inflammation

Beth McCormick, PhD, led a study that has for the first time identified a biological mechanism to explain why some marijuana users have reported beneficial effects from cannabis on conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. 

New genome-editing strategy developed at UMMS may lead to therapeutics

New genome-editing strategy developed at UMMS may lead to therapeutics

Researchers at UMass Medical School have developed a genome-editing strategy to correct disease-causing DNA mutations in mouse models of human genetic diseases. Dan Wang, PhD, is first author and Guangping Gao, PhD, is a co-corresponding author on the paper published in the Aug. 18 edition of Nature Biotechnology.

FDA approves first drug to use RNA interference, based on discoveries made at UMass Medical School

FDA approves first drug to use RNA interference, based on discoveries made at UMass Medical School

The new drug, patisiran, approved Aug. 10 by the FDA, is based on the discovery of RNAi made by Craig Mello, PhD, and Andrew Fire, PhD. It was developed by Alnylam, an RNAi-based drug development company co-founded by Phillip Zamore, PhD.

Summer undergraduate research ‘life changing’ for aspiring physician-scientists

Summer undergraduate research ‘life changing’ for aspiring physician-scientists

The Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Class of 2018 wrapped up ten weeks of biomedical laboratory research in an immersive and challenging hands-on experience that will help inform their career decisions as physicians and biomedical scientists.

UMass Medical School welcomes School of Medicine Class of 2022

UMass Medical School welcomes School of Medicine Class of 2022

The 162 members of the School of Medicine Class of 2022 began their physician training journey as UMass Medical School welcomed them to campus on Monday, Aug. 6.

Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

Four faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships at UMass Medical School in recognition of their contributions to biomedical research, education and patient care. Each will be formally invested Sept. 13 at the Convocation and Investiture ceremony.

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