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New strategy will allow scientists to map regulatory networks associated with complex multi-gene diseases

New strategy will allow scientists to map regulatory networks associated with complex multi-gene diseases

Scientists in the lab of Marian Walhout, PhD, have applied a powerful tool in a new way to characterize genetic variants associated with human disease that will allow researchers to more easily and efficiently describe genomic variations underlying complex, multi-gene diseases.

Expert’s Corner: Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, recommends PSA screening

Expert’s Corner: Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, recommends PSA screening

Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, discusses the controversy surrounding prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening recommendations in this Expert’s Corner video.

Neuroscientists identify brain circuitry responsible for increased anxiety in smokers trying to quit

Neuroscientists identify brain circuitry responsible for increased anxiety in smokers trying to quit

In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists at UMass Medical School and The Scripps Research Institute have identified novel circuitry in the brain responsible for anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.

DiFranza calls on FDA to ‘act with uncharacteristic speed’ to regulate e-cigarettes

DiFranza calls on FDA to ‘act with uncharacteristic speed’ to regulate e-cigarettes

Youth nicotine addiction expert Joseph DiFranza comments on the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Youth Tobacco Survey that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.

Telegram reports on UMMS research into using Google Glass in the ER

Telegram reports on UMMS research into using Google Glass in the ER

Peter Chai, MD, fellow in medical toxicology at UMMS, explains the benefits of using Google Glass in an emergency room in an April 17 Telegram & Gazette story.

Pilot clinical study at UMMS to test ‘Sugar’ diabetes app

Pilot clinical study at UMMS to test ‘Sugar’ diabetes app

An advanced smartphone application developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to help people with diabetes better manage their weight and blood sugar level and assess the status of chronic foot ulcers, is entering a pilot clinical study at UMass Medical School.

UMass Center for Microbiome Research experts talk gut health

UMass Center for Microbiome Research experts talk gut health

Researchers from the UMass Center for Microbiome Research participated in a Twitter chat Thursday, April 9, to answers questions related to the microbiome and health.

Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR

Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR

UMass Medical School researchers are using CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent HIV virus out of an infected cell.

Sequencing the intestinal microbiome to target therapies

Sequencing the intestinal microbiome to target therapies

Vanni Bucci, PhD, from UMass Dartmouth, is collaborating with colleagues in the UMass Center for Microbiome Research to sequence the intestinal microbiome with the goal of targeting treatments for specific enteric diseases and prototyping probiotic cocktails that could be used as a substitute for antibiotic treatment.

Searching the microbiome for clues to managing inflammatory bowel disease

Searching the microbiome for clues to managing inflammatory bowel disease

Based on the success of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Barbara Olendzki is collaborating with colleagues in the UMass Center for Microbiome Research to uncover how exactly this diet affects gut bacteria.

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