2016 RESEARCH

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Fitzgerald named again in Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Fitzgerald named again in Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, has been named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for being one of the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

RNA Therapeutics Institute gains department status

RNA Therapeutics Institute gains department status

The RNA Therapeutics Institute has been accorded department status and Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, has been appointed founding chair. The change to department status is a result of the successes of the RTI since it was formed in 2009.

Yahoo Sports video: Carrino Foundation for FSHD key to UMMS research breakthrough

Yahoo Sports video: Carrino Foundation for FSHD key to UMMS research breakthrough

Peter Lawrence Jones, PhD, credits the Chris Carrino Foundation for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy for funding that helped lead to a breakthrough in his lab, according to a Yahoo Sports video profiling Carrino, the Brooklyn Nets radio announcer who has FSHD.

CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic for Tyrosinemia type I delivered to mice

CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic for Tyrosinemia type I delivered to mice

According to a study published in Nature Biotechnology, a more efficient delivery of a CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic to adult mice with the metabolic disease Tyrosinemia type I developed by Wen Xue, PhD, may also prove to be safer for use in humans.

Viral infection during pregnancy causes autism-like behaviors in mice by triggering key immune reaction

Viral infection during pregnancy causes autism-like behaviors in mice by triggering key immune reaction

A new study found that activation of a particular immune response in pregnant mice alters the brain structure of the mouse offspring and causes behavioral changes reminiscent of those observed in humans with autism. The research was published in Science. Jun Huh, PhD, is a corresponding author.

UMMS skin cancer expert says a new study proves tanning beds cause cancer

UMMS skin cancer expert says a new study proves tanning beds cause cancer

In an interview with MedPage Today, UMass Medical School skin cancer expert Mary Maloney, MD, hailed a new study which found that almost 100 percent of women with a melanoma diagnosis before age 30 had used indoor tanning facilities.

Optogenetic technology developed at UMMS uses light to trigger immunotherapy

Optogenetic technology developed at UMMS uses light to trigger immunotherapy

A new type of optogenetic technology is capable of turning on immune cells to attack melanoma tumors in mice. Using near-infrared light, Gang Han, PhD, has shown that an immune response can be selectively activated by controlling the flow of calcium ions into the cell. This breakthrough could lead to less invasive and more selective immunotherapies for cancer.

UMMS researchers illuminate origins, benefits of ‘beige fat’

UMMS researchers illuminate origins, benefits of ‘beige fat’

A new paper by Silvia Corvera, MD, published in Nature Medicine, helps to explain how beige fat is grown in the body and how it helps to regulate metabolism. 

UMMS expert supports mammogram recommendations from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

UMMS expert supports mammogram recommendations from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Ronald N. Adler, MD, who has lectured widely on the topic of overdiagnosis, supports the final breast screening recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Boyer to New York Times: Beware of kratom

Boyer to New York Times: Beware of kratom

A medicinal herb from Southeast Asia called kratom is being sold as a healthier alternative to opiates for recovering addicts, but UMMS toxicologist Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, warns the drug may be just as dangerous, according to a Jan. 2 story in The New York Times.

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