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Jake Kennedy ALS Fund to support research at UMass Medical School

Jake Kennedy ALS Fund to support research at UMass Medical School

Jake and Sparky Kennedy, long known for their generosity as founders of the annual Boston Christmas in the City celebration for thousands of homeless children, are launching a new drive to raise $1 million to support research at UMass Medical School to cure ALS.

Top story: ALS Phase II clinical trial led by Robert Brown shows treatment is safe, well tolerated

Top story: ALS Phase II clinical trial led by Robert Brown shows treatment is safe, well tolerated

A study by Robert H. Brown Jr., MD, DPhil, published in the journal Neurology, shows that a single transplantation of a bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) called NurOwn was safe and well tolerated by patients.

Top story: Preventive shot for Lyme disease, developed at UMass Medical School, moving forward

Top story: Preventive shot for Lyme disease, developed at UMass Medical School, moving forward

A seasonal shot to prevent Lyme disease, developed at UMass Medical School, is moving closer to clinical trial, thanks in part to a $1 million appropriation from the Massachusetts state budget, according to Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMMS.

UMMS study finds group medical meetings help low-income patients with chronic pain, depression

UMMS study finds group medical meetings help low-income patients with chronic pain, depression

A study by UMass Medical School integrative medicine expert Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, finds that patients with chronic pain and depression benefited from participating in medical group visits in which they learned mindfulness techniques.

UMass Medical School, GE Healthcare Life Sciences to establish viral vector manufacturing facility

UMass Medical School, GE Healthcare Life Sciences to establish viral vector manufacturing facility

UMass Medical School and GE Healthcare Life Sciences will establish a new, large-scale viral vector manufacturing facility, able to provide large quantities of high-quality recombinant adeno-associated virus vectors for preclinical research on the UMMS campus in Worcester.

LISTEN: Central Massachusetts residents can join nationwide research project

LISTEN: Central Massachusetts residents can join nationwide research project

In a new Voices of UMassMed podcast, Mara M. Epstein, ScD, discusses a local effort to enroll participants in the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program that aims to boost precision medicine research and improve health. 

Michael Volkert and Jonathan Watts awarded BRIDGE grants for innovative research

Michael Volkert and Jonathan Watts awarded BRIDGE grants for innovative research

Two UMass Medical School scientists have been awarded grants from the school’s BRIDGE Fund to advance discoveries into potentially viable commercial therapies for childhood asthma and eye diseases.

Sally Kent named Fuller Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes

Sally Kent named Fuller Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes

Sally C. Kent, PhD, has been named the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes. Dr. Kent studies autoimmune response in type 1 diabetes. 

UMass Medical School researcher finds self-awareness can divert depressed teens from drinking

UMass Medical School researcher finds self-awareness can divert depressed teens from drinking

A new study of teenagers led by Robert Wellman, PhD, addresses the question of whether depression leads to drinking or if drinking leads to depression.

UMass Medical School improving employment prospects for youth with mental health disabilities

UMass Medical School improving employment prospects for youth with mental health disabilities

Marsha Ellison, PhD, and Maryann Davis, PhD, of the UMMS Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research are consortium partners on a four-year, $4 million grant to establish the National Policy Development Center for Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for Employment.

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