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Research from Jeanne Lawrence lab reveals new insights into neurodevelopment in Down syndrome

Research from Jeanne Lawrence lab reveals new insights into neurodevelopment in Down syndrome

According to new research from the lab of Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, differentiated human cells retain the ability to undergo chromosome silencing in response to XIST, a naturally occurring “off switch” for the female X-chromosome. This discovery addresses an obstacle in the potential development of chromosomal therapies.

UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center funding renewed

UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center funding renewed

The UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center at UMass Medical School has been awarded a $3.75 million, five-year grant renewal from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It is co-led by Stephenie Lemon, PhD, and Milagros Rosal, PhD.

Startup incubator aims to spur life-saving innovations

Startup incubator aims to spur life-saving innovations

A business incubator working to improve the lives of patients with heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders, the Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies is expanding its reach to the next generation of biotech and medical-device entrepreneurs.

Cancer deaths decline in United States, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

Cancer deaths decline in United States, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

In an essay originally published by The Conversation, Cancer Center Director Jonathan Gerber, MD, discusses the specifics of recently reported decline in cancer deaths and provides perspective for future continued progress.

LISTEN: Edwin Boudreaux on screening for suicidal risk in ER patients

LISTEN: Edwin Boudreaux on screening for suicidal risk in ER patients

In a new episode of the podcast Voices of UMassMedNow, Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, discusses the rise in suicide rates in the United States and efforts to implement routine suicide screenings in the emergency room.

Gang Han optogenetic research named a top paper of 2019 by Cell

Gang Han optogenetic research named a top paper of 2019 by Cell

Research by Gang Han, PhD, was highlighted among the top articles published by Cell in 2019. The article explores how Dr. Han developed technology to give night vision to mammals through a simple injection.

Student-led study finds implicit bias an important issue for medical trainees

Student-led study finds implicit bias an important issue for medical trainees

In a study published in PLOS ONE, UMass Medical School students found that trainees value becoming aware of their own implicit biases as they prepare to practice medicine.

Dorothy Schafer lab shows gene therapy protection of eyesight in models of multiple sclerosis

Dorothy Schafer lab shows gene therapy protection of eyesight in models of multiple sclerosis

New research by Dorothy Schafer, PhD, reveals the molecular process in which synaptic connections in the brain are damaged in multiple sclerosis and how it contributes to neurodegenerative symptoms. The paper also shows how gene therapy may be used to preserve neural circuits.

Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down

Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down

In an essay originally published by The Conversation, mindfulness expert James Carmody, PhD, writes about the human tendency to worry and what we can do to help quiet our minds.