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Breakthrough technology enables UMass Medical School scientists to view gene translation in action

Breakthrough technology enables UMass Medical School scientists to view gene translation in action

Cryo-electron microscopy is allowing scientists to answer questions about cellular processes that are essential to life, as demonstrated by a study led by UMass Medical School structural biologist Andrei Korostelev, PhD, and published in Nature.

Women’s Faculty Awards honor achievements in service, education, research and patient care

Women’s Faculty Awards honor achievements in service, education, research and patient care

Six UMass Medical School faculty were recognized for their individual achievements and contributions to the advancement of women in science and health care at the 17th annual Women’s Faculty Awards luncheon on May 23.

‘Dueling for Dollars’ panel discussion to focus on research development

‘Dueling for Dollars’ panel discussion to focus on research development

The Office of Innovation and Business Development and MassTERI host “Dueling for Dollars: Advancing your research with private sector partners” on Tuesday, May 30. The event includes a panel discussion with biotech industry leaders and a mock pitch session, followed by a reception.

Anthony Carruthers stepping down as dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Anthony Carruthers stepping down as dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

After a distinguished and influential career as a scientist, mentor and dean, Anthony Carruthers, PhD, will leave his post as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in early 2018

Study: Suicide screening, interventions in emergency department can save lives

Study: Suicide screening, interventions in emergency department can save lives

A suicide prevention study led by Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, finds that a combination of brief interventions administered both during and after an emergency department visit can decrease suicidal behavior among at-risk patients.

Melissa Moore elected to National Academy of Sciences

Melissa Moore elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of Melissa J. Moore, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute.

UMMS researchers receive amfAR grant to eliminate HIV reservoirs using gene editing

UMMS researchers receive amfAR grant to eliminate HIV reservoirs using gene editing

Jeremy Luban, MD, and Scot Wolfe, PhD, have received a grant from amfAR to explore using a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cpf1, to eradicate the HIV genome in its host. The researchers are hoping that Cpf1’s unique capacity to employ multiple RNA “guides” will outmaneuver the retrovirus.

Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

David Hatem, MD, recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching, will deliver the Last Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, following the presentation of the 2017 Educational Recognition Awards. New this year, the event will include the Second Year Oath Ceremony for the School of Medicine Class of 2019.

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

A study by Marian Walhout, PhD, and colleagues, shows that C. elegans, fed a diet of E.coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy. Results of the study were published in Cell

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

At the 44th annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 4, UMass Medical School will award honorary degrees to ground-breaking physician, scientist and academic health leader Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD; humanitarian and businessman Víctor Grífols, president of Grifols; and Patricia Donahoe, MD, a renowned pediatric surgeon and cancer researcher.

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