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Making smoking cessation a game increases abstinence among smokers not yet ready to quit

Making smoking cessation a game increases abstinence among smokers not yet ready to quit

A study co-authored by UMass Chan Medical School researchers showed that a technology-assisted abstinence game may help smokers kick the habit. Rajani Sadasivam was principal investigator on the study.

UMass Chan postdoc receives two fellowship awards to support brain research

UMass Chan postdoc receives two fellowship awards to support brain research

Violeta Durán Laforet, PhD, has received two awards to study how cells in the brain affect aging. The information she learns could lead to Alzheimer’s disease treatments.

Communicating science: Elizabeth Shank works to identify new antibiotics by getting bacteria ‘talking’

Communicating science: Elizabeth Shank works to identify new antibiotics by getting bacteria ‘talking’

In her lab, Elizabeth Shank, PhD, interprets the chemical language of bacteria with the goal of harnessing its power to potentially developing new antibiotics.

UMass Chan research explores differences in AAV vector manufacture, shows clear winner for method

UMass Chan research explores differences in AAV vector manufacture, shows clear winner for method

A paper from the Horae Gene Therapy Center at UMass Chan Medical School may settle a longstanding debate about how to best manufacture adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy.

Just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain the latest data

Just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain the latest data

In an article written for The Conversation, Nate Hafer, PhD, and Apurv Soni, MD, PhD'21, explain the data regarding accuracy of rapid COVID tests, based on their extensive reseach as part of the RADx team.

Study co-authored by UMass Chan researchers finds broad differences in SARS-CoV-2 infectiousness

Study co-authored by UMass Chan researchers finds broad differences in SARS-CoV-2 infectiousness

Wide variation in the amount or infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 among people in early stages of COVID-19 may be an explanation for the phenomenon of “super spreaders,” according to new research. Research co-author Laura Gibson, MD, talks about the findings. 

MassBiologics research into preventive shot for Lyme disease continues to move forward

MassBiologics research into preventive shot for Lyme disease continues to move forward

The human clinical trial into a preventive shot for Lyme disease, developed by MassBiologics at UMass Chan Medical School, continues to show promise, with Phase I expected to conclude this year and Phase II-III plans in development.

Job Dekker elected to National Academy of Sciences

Job Dekker elected to National Academy of Sciences

UMass Chan Medical School scientist Job Dekker, PhD, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May 3 for his contributions to the field of genomics.

PhD student Megan Honeywell receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral award

PhD student Megan Honeywell receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral award

In her preliminary studies, PhD student Megan Honeywell has found that cells can trigger a cell death even when they do not have the p53 protein, the so-called “guardian of the genome.”

Communicating science: Andrei Korostelev using structural biology to tackle antibiotic resistance

Communicating science: Andrei Korostelev using structural biology to tackle antibiotic resistance

A recent survey of health care professionals showed nearly 60 percent of participants encountered patients whose infections didn’t respond to any antibiotic. Andrei Korostelev, PhD, says by studying the biology of bacterial cells, effective new antibiotics can be developed.

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