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  • Biomedical sciences student studying fertility in Mello lab
    Education News, Media

    Biomedical sciences student studying fertility in Mello lab

    Movies piqued PhD candidate Humberto Ochoa’s interest in science. He’s conducting RNA research in the lab of Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD, to understand the national decline in fertility.

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  • Communicating science: Andrei Korostelev using structural biology to tackle antibiotic resistance
    Media, Research News

    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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  • UMass Chan research supports development of new suppressor-tRNA-based gene therapies
    Research News

    UMass Chan research supports development of new suppressor-tRNA-based gene therapies

    Guangping Gao, PhD, and Dan Wang, PhD, show the first evidence that a suppressor transfer RNA therapy, delivered by a recombinant adeno-associated virus, can restore protein production up to six months after treatment in a mouse model of the rare genetic disease mucopolysaccharidosis type I.

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  • Boston Marathon runners raise thousands for UMass Chan ALS research
    Community News

    Boston Marathon runners raise thousands for UMass Chan ALS research

    ALS research at UMass Chan Medical School is the big beneficiary as select Boston Marathon runners raise tens of thousands of dollars each year. This year, five competitors in the April 18 event are running as part of the UMass Chan ALS Cellucci Fund Boston Marathon team and two sons of the late Jake Kennedy will run in support of the Jake Kennedy ALS Fund.

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  • UMass Chan ALS paper selected for STAT Madness
    Research News

    UMass Chan ALS paper selected for STAT Madness

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Jonathan Watts, PhD, and colleagues showed the ability to suppress mutant forms of the ALS gene known as C9ORF72 in a single-patient pilot study. The paper reporting the results is part of the 2022 STAT News STAT Madness competition.

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  • UMass alumni Dan and Diane Riccio pledge $15 million to advance ALS, neuroscience research
    Research News

    UMass alumni Dan and Diane Riccio pledge $15 million to advance ALS, neuroscience research

    UMass alumni Dan and Diane M. Casey Riccio, PhD, have pledged $15 million to UMass Chan Medical School to establish the Riccio ALS Accelerator Initiative and to expand and endow the Riccio Fund for Neuroscience.

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  • Biomedical sciences student works toward a future in genetic engineering
    Education News, Media

    Biomedical sciences student works toward a future in genetic engineering

    PhD student Katya Makeyeva investigates how small RNA pathways regulate gene expression of reproductive cells in the lab of Nobel Laureate Craig Mello, PhD.

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  • UMass Chan clinical trial shows antisense oligonucleotide safely suppresses mutant ALS gene in pilot human study
    Research News

    UMass Chan clinical trial shows antisense oligonucleotide safely suppresses mutant ALS gene in pilot human study

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Jonathan Watts, PhD, and colleagues have shown the ability to suppress mutant forms of an ALS gene in a single-patient pilot study.

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  • Emma RNA Saves the Day coloring book helps children understand how COVID-19 vaccines work
    Education News

    Emma RNA Saves the Day coloring book helps children understand how COVID-19 vaccines work

    A coloring book created by a team at UMass Chan Medical School is helping children learn about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and the RNA vaccines that protect against it.

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  • Flotte lab to develop gene therapy models for genetic lung disease
    Research News

    Flotte lab to develop gene therapy models for genetic lung disease

    Researchers from UMass Chan Medical School have received a five-year $13.6 million program project grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to develop new gene therapy models for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a chronic, debilitating genetic lung disease that shortens the lifespan.

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  • UMass Cancer Center funds five UMass Chan research projects
    Research News

    UMass Cancer Center funds five UMass Chan research projects

    The UMass Cancer Center Pilot Project Program has awarded seed grants to five UMass Chan Medical School research projects to enable investigators to gather pilot data for external cancer-focused funding.

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  • Remillard Family Community Service Fund awards nine grants for UMass Chan collaborations
    Community News

    Remillard Family Community Service Fund awards nine grants for UMass Chan collaborations

    Funded projects led by faculty, students, staff and community partners have the potential to improve the health of Central Massachusetts residents, particularly those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged or underrepresented.

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  • Convocation 2021: Chancellor Collins outlines vision for new era at UMass Chan
    Community News

    Convocation 2021: Chancellor Collins outlines vision for new era at UMass Chan

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins gave his annual Convocation address on Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium, focusing on the “transformational moment” for the institution. Four faculty members were honored with Chancellor’s Medals, including the late Robert Finberg.

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  • Worcester elementary students greeted with supply-filled backpacks from UMass Medical School
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    Worcester elementary students greeted with supply-filled backpacks from UMass Medical School

    Nearly 600 backpacks were distributed to students at Rice Square, Grafton Street and Union Square elementary schools thanks to the UMass Medical School North Quadrant Support Services partnership with the Worcester Public Schools.

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  • Two new studies from Daryl Bosco lab shed new light on ALS mechanisms
    Research News

    Two new studies from Daryl Bosco lab shed new light on ALS mechanisms

    Two studies from the lab of Daryl Bosco, PhD, offer new insights into the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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  • Interactive virtual ScienceLIVE program builds in Worcester schools
    Community News

    Interactive virtual ScienceLIVE program builds in Worcester schools

    An interactive online science program for middle school students developed and presented by UMass Medical School researchers will deepen its partnership with Worcester Public Schools this fall.

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  • UMass Medical School receives $2.8 million grant for advanced cryo-EM microscope
    Research News

    UMass Medical School receives $2.8 million grant for advanced cryo-EM microscope

    Roger Davis, PhD, FRS, and the Cryo-EM Core facility at UMass Medical School have received $2.8 million from The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to purchase an advanced Glacios cryo-electron microscope from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funds atomic-level imaging research in Grigorieff lab at UMMS
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    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funds atomic-level imaging research in Grigorieff lab at UMMS

    Nikolaus Grigorieff, PhD, and Bronwyn Lucas, PhD, have received a $1.3 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop new computational and data collection tools for locating specific molecules with near-atomic accuracy within cells using cryo-EM imaging technology.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald and Nikolaus Grigorieff elected to National Academy of Sciences
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    Katherine Fitzgerald and Nikolaus Grigorieff elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Two UMass Medical School professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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  • UMMS establishes gene therapy collaborative research agreement with Pfizer
    Research News

    UMMS establishes gene therapy collaborative research agreement with Pfizer

    UMass Medical School has entered into a three-year, collaborative research agreement with Pfizer to evaluate determinants that influence the manufacturing quality and yield of viral vectors used in gene therapy. The research at UMMS is being performed under the direction of Guangping Gao, PhD, and Dan Wang, PhD.

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  • Erik Sontheimer co-leading efforts to develop gene editing toolkit by NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium
    Research News

    Erik Sontheimer co-leading efforts to develop gene editing toolkit by NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium

    Six UMass Medical School scientists are among the members of the National Institutes of Health’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium to publish a paper in Nature outlining the program’s goals.

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  • Two UMass Medical School research teams chosen to compete in STAT News competition
    Research News

    Two UMass Medical School research teams chosen to compete in STAT News competition

    Two research teams from UMass Medical School have been selected by STAT News to compete among 64 contestants in the 2021 STAT Madness competition. Voting begins March 1.

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  • Atalanta Therapeutics founded by UMass Medical School and three faculty members
    Research News

    Atalanta Therapeutics founded by UMass Medical School and three faculty members

    Atalanta Therapeutics, a biotech founded by UMass Medical School and three faculty research scientists to pioneer treatment options for neurodegenerative diseases, has launched with financing by venture capital fund F-Prime Capital and strategic collaborations with Biogen and Genentech.

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  • Inside the new mRNA vaccines for COVID-19
    Research News

    Inside the new mRNA vaccines for COVID-19

    The new vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna use messenger RNA to stimulate the immune system to protect against COVID-19. These vaccines are the first of their kind and researchers at UMass Medical School are among the leading RNA biologists in the world.

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  • UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland named STAT Wunderkind
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    UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland named STAT Wunderkind

    UMass Medical School postdoctoral fellow Anna Loveland, PhD, has been named a STAT Wunderkind by the health and science media company STAT. STAT Wunderkinds honors the brightest young minds in life science for their work in academia, industry, and in the clinic.

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  • ScienceLIVE brings virtual labs to area middle school students
    Education News

    ScienceLIVE brings virtual labs to area middle school students

    UMass Medical School’s RNA Therapeutics Institute and Sanderson Center for Optical Experimentation have partnered with Technocopia Inc., a nonprofit community makerspace in downtown Worcester, to develop ScienceLIVE, a virtual outreach program to deliver science to middle school students during the pandemic.

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  • UMass Medical School community mourns loss of Jake Kennedy
    Chancellor, Community News

    UMass Medical School community mourns loss of Jake Kennedy

    On behalf of the UMass Medical School community, we extend our sincere condolences to Jake Kennedy’s family and to all who knew and loved him. Jake Kennedy died Tuesday, Oct. 13, at age 65, in his Salem, N.H., home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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  • UMass Medical School appoints five faculty members to endowed chairs
    Community News

    UMass Medical School appoints five faculty members to endowed chairs

    Douglas T. Golenbock, MD; Gregory A. Volturo, MD; Anastasia Khvorova, PhD; Erik J. Sontheimer, PhD; and Jennifer A. Reidy, MD, have been named to endowed faculty posts at UMass Medical School.

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  • Katherine Fitzgerald and Anastasia Khvorova named Harrington Scholars
    Research News

    Katherine Fitzgerald and Anastasia Khvorova named Harrington Scholars

    The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, in collaboration with Morgan Stanley GIFT Cures, has chosen two UMass Medical School faculty members to receive Harrington Scholar Awards for Coronavirus.

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  • MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer
    Research News

    MD/PhD-student-led research finds potential new gene target for pediatric liver cancer

    A new study by a team of UMass Medical School researchers, led by Jordan Smith, MD/PhD candidate, has identified a new therapeutic target in hepatoblastoma, a rare, primarily pediatric liver cancer.

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  • Anastasia Khvorova elected director of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
    Research News

    Anastasia Khvorova elected director of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

    UMass Medical School RNA therapeutics expert Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, has been elected by the membership of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy to a three-year term as director-at-large/scientific & research council chair, which will begin at the 2020 ASGCT virtual annual meeting.

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  • Cynthia Fuhrmann dedicated to helping other scientists chart their own careers
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    Cynthia Fuhrmann dedicated to helping other scientists chart their own careers

    Biomedical sciences career development expert Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, discusses her own pioneering career in this latest Women in Science video.

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  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $5M award to UMMS for Cryo-Electron Microscope
    Research News

    Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $5M award to UMMS for Cryo-Electron Microscope

    The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced a $5 million grant to UMass Medical School for the purchase of a high resolution cryo-electron microscope, bringing this breakthrough imaging technology to a campus poised to usher in the next generation of drug design and discovery.

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  • NIH grant integrates career planning with scientific training
    Education News

    NIH grant integrates career planning with scientific training

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences professor Phillip Zamore and assistant dean Cynthia Fuhrmann are enthusiastic about a new NIH career training grant to create a career development curriculum for graduate students.

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