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Victor Ambros awarded 2016 March of Dimes prize for co-discovery of MicroRNAs

Victor Ambros awarded 2016 March of Dimes prize for co-discovery of MicroRNAs

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, has been awarded the 21st annual March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, an honor presented to investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects.

WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston: Klempner discusses promising research into a seasonal prevention for Lyme

WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston: Klempner discusses promising research into a seasonal prevention for Lyme

UMMS infectious disease expert Mark Klempner, MD, spoke with Stephanie Leydon for a segment on Greater Boston about how MassBiologics is conducting promising research into a potential new weapon in the fight against Lyme.

UMMS gene therapy experts to present new discoveries at inKNOWvation panel discussion

UMMS gene therapy experts to present new discoveries at inKNOWvation panel discussion

Scientists at UMass Medical School will share their latest research at an inKNOWvation panel discussion, “The Return of Gene Therapy,” on Wednesday, May 11, at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, in Cambridge.

Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Researchers in the lab of Guangping Gao, PhD, have developed a novel gene therapy that cures a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disorder called Canavan disease in mice and is on track to be brought to clinical trial, according to an April 28 article in Newsweek.

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

Researchers at UMass Medical School have identified a new molecular pathway critical for maintaining the smooth muscle tone that allows the passage of materials through the digestive system.

Building a CRISPR rainbow

Building a CRISPR rainbow

CRISPRainbow, a new technology using CRISPR/Cas9 developed by scientists at UMass Medical School, allows researchers to tag and track up to seven different genomic locations in live cells. This labeling system, details of which were published in Nature Biotechnology, will be an invaluable tool for studying the structure of the genome in real time.

Custom wheelchair to aid UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo at Boston Marathon

Custom wheelchair to aid UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo at Boston Marathon

Chris Benyo and his wife Denise DiMarzo are participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.

Study: More older African Americans incur medical debt than older whites

Study: More older African Americans incur medical debt than older whites

Research by Jeroan Allison, MD, Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of South Florida and St. Louis University found that substantially more older African Americans incur medical debt compared to older whites. 

Gift from grateful patient funds new endowed chair in rheumatology

Gift from grateful patient funds new endowed chair in rheumatology

A gift from philanthropists Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson, of Wellesley, will create a new endowed chair at UMass Medical School; Jonathan Kay, MD, has been appointed the inaugural recipient of the Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson Chair in Rheumatology. 

UMMS researchers receive UMass technology development grants

UMMS researchers receive UMass technology development grants

Four researchers at UMass Medical School have been awarded funds for technology projects, including development of a less invasive cancer therapy, an injectable surgical adhesive and a bioluminescent nanocrystal for noninvasive biomedical imaging.

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