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  • Drugs of the future will be easier and faster to make, thanks to mRNA

    Drugs of the future will be easier and faster to make, thanks to mRNA

    UMass Chan researcher Li Li, PhD, writes for The Conversation about how mRNA drug development, which led to the first COVID-19 vaccine, offers significant advantages over traditional drug development.

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  • UMass Chan delivers fitting tribute to young Worcester scholars

    UMass Chan delivers fitting tribute to young Worcester scholars

    UMass Chan presented “scientist-in-training” lab coats to Lake View Elementary School, one of the 11 North Quadrant schools in Worcester that are part of the UMass Chan North Quadrant Support Services Initiative.

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  • PhD student Valeria Sanabria wins Zelda Haidak Scholarship in Cell Biology

    PhD student Valeria Sanabria wins Zelda Haidak Scholarship in Cell Biology

    PhD student Valeria Sanabria, MD, won the Zelda Haidak Scholarship in Cell Biology, which was established to enhance training for women pursuing research careers in cell biology. Her research is focused on studying gene expression at the transcriptional level.

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  • Worcester middle school teachers receive new microscopes to enhance classroom learning

    Worcester middle school teachers receive new microscopes to enhance classroom learning

    UMass Chan Medical School hosted 23 science teachers from six Worcester middle schools to train them on the light microscopes recently donated to their classrooms by the Medical School, thanks to a grant from the Moderna Foundation.

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  • UMass Chan helps ‘Crack the Code’ at biotech career day in Worcester

    UMass Chan helps ‘Crack the Code’ at biotech career day in Worcester

    Representatives from UMass Chan presented on several topics and career paths, including RNA Therapeutics Institute, ScienceLive, community and government relations, diversity and inclusion and media and arts in sciences.

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  • Phillip Zamore, Roger Davis elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Phillip Zamore, Roger Davis elected to National Academy of Medicine

    UMass Chan Medical School scientists Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, and Roger J. Davis, PhD, FRS, were elected to the National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 9 for their distinguished contributions to medicine and health.

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  • Science for Living: Understanding preeclampsia, its toll on Black women and a promising therapeutic on the way

    Science for Living: Understanding preeclampsia, its toll on Black women and a promising therapeutic on the way

    A new RNA therapeutic for preeclampsia is based on work by UMass Chan researchers and collaborating scientists. Researchers explain the importance of a multipronged approach to addressing factors underlying health disparities in this Science for Living article.

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  • Sharing of knowledge, ideas celebrated during Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony

    Sharing of knowledge, ideas celebrated during Qualifying Exam Recognition Ceremony

    The UMass Chan community gathered to celebrate 53 PhD candidates and MD/PhD students who transitioned from student to candidate for a doctoral degree during the 2022-2023 academic year.

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  • NIH funds Kirschstein Award recipient Johan Girgenrath’s fertility research

    NIH funds Kirschstein Award recipient Johan Girgenrath’s fertility research

    PhD candidate John Girgenrath has received a competitive award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct fertility research.

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  • UMass Chan’s Water Safe Worcester program promotes swimming safety for city’s teenagers

    UMass Chan’s Water Safe Worcester program promotes swimming safety for city’s teenagers

    Water Safe Worcester’s summer session is underway every Wednesday night through the end of August. The program is free and open to all teenagers in the Worcester area.

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New nanoparticles can perform gene editing in the lungs

Dr. Wen Xue at the RNA Therapeutics Institute at University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and Dr. Daniel Anderson at MIT have designed a new type of nanoparticle that can be administered to the lungs, where it can deliver messenger RNA (mRNA) encoding useful proteins. 

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Personalized medicine is having its day

From made-to-order genetic therapies to model organisms engineered to be ‘patient avatars’, the technology exists right now to save patients with rare diseases. Jonathan K. Watts, Ph.D., Professor, RTI, UMass Chan Medical School, weighs in on the latest N-of-1 landscape.

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EnPlusOne Biosciences Appoints Dr. Jon Watts to Scientific Advisory Board

EnPlusOne Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company harnessing the power of enzymes to synthesize RNA oligonucleotides, announced that Jonathan K. Watts, Ph.D., Professor, RTI, UMass Chan Medical School, has been appointed to the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.

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Craig Mello visits Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas in Brazil

“The good thing about science? It’s that it takes you places you never thought you’d see.” So goes one of Craig Mello’s sayings, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of RNA interference along with his colleague Andrew Fire.

Watch Craig's seminar on Informational Therapies: Ancient Mechanisms, New Medicines

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Mary Pickering selected as STEM leader by Aran Nebula Foundation

The Aran Nebula Foundation has selected an inaugural cohort of STEM leaders who have contributed to various STEM fields in extraordinary ways.

Read more about the Foundation

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Craig Mello interviewed at the Bergamo Science Festival

“The good thing about science? It’s that it takes you places you never thought you’d see.” So goes one of Craig Mello’s sayings, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of RNA interference along with his colleague Andrew Fire.

Watch Craig's interview

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UMass Chan clinical trial shows potential to safely suppress gene related to ALS

Researchers at the UMass Chan Medical School say they have safely used injections to suppress a mutant gene linked to ALS.

Watch WCVB Coverage

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New research from UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester shows ‘encouraging’ results that could slow progression of ALS

New research developed from studies at UMass Chan has the potential to revolutionize treatment options for people with ALS.

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Coloring book created by medical professor addresses vaccine, COVID-19 concerns

A new coloring book is helping kids draw clear lines between COVID-19 and the vaccines. Download or request coloring book.
 
Watch WCVB Channel 5 coverage

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Superhero Emma RNA gives COVID-19 bam! pow! zap! in new comic/coloring book

WORCESTER — There’s a new comic book superhero in town and her mission is combating COVID-19 through education...and coloring. Download or request coloring book.
 
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UMass Chan Medical School professor creates kids coloring book on COVID-19 vaccine

A new coloring book is helping kids draw clear lines between COVID-19 and the vaccines. Download or request coloring book.
 
Watch Spectrum News coverage

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First Rounders Podcast: Craig Mello

Craig Mello is a Nobel Laureate, co-founder of Atalanta Therapeutics, and a professor at UMass Chan Medical School, where he runs the Mello Lab. Our conversation covers the lure of conspiracy theorists, the state of RNA therapeutics, and getting that call from the Nobel committee. 

Listen here

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Local Nobel Prize Winner Hopes COVID Vaccine RNA Technology Can Fight Other Diseases

Many experts have hailed the fast development of COVID-19 vaccines as a miracle of modern medicine. The science behind it could pave the way to revolutionary treatments for a number of crippling diseases.

Watch WBZ coverage