• Rando receives NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for epigenetic inheritance research

    Oliver Rando, MD, PhD, has received one of 10 highly competitive NIH Pioneer Awards, which challenge investigators to develop groundbreaking approaches in science. His project will focus on how a father’s diet can influence the metabolism of his children.

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  • Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food

    A new study from UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health finds that not having close access to healthy foods can discourage even the most motivated dieters. The study by Wenjun Li, PhD, et. al. was published online Oct. 7 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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  • Honoring the achievements of students and faculty, with a look to the future

    UMass Worcester celebrated the start of the academic year with a week of Convocation events that honored achievements in the three schools, and featured the annual address by Chancellor Collins in which he promised ‘moments of exhilaration and success’ for the academic medical center.

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  • Scientists at UMMS working toward ALS cure

    The viral video “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign is making ALS a household word and shining a light on the scientists around the world searching for a cure. In this video, world-renowned ALS researcher Robert H. Brown Jr. and colleagues discuss the groundbreaking work taking place at UMMS.

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  • UMass Medical School: An introduction

    Our mission: To advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery along with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts. Find out more about UMMS here.

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NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

NIH awards Schiffer $7.9 million to attack drug resistance

With a new $7.9 million program project grant from the National Institutes of Health, drug resistance expert Celia Schiffer, PhD, hopes to shift the drug development paradigm by putting resistance first in drug design strategies.

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Research

Research

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy. This promising new treatment strategy could expand the current use of photodynamic therapies to access deep-set cancer tumors.

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A separable domain of the p150 subunit of human chromatin assembly factor-1 promotes protein and chromosome associations with nucleoli
A Conserved Dopamine-Cholecystokinin Signaling Pathway Shapes Context–Dependent Caenorhabditis elegans Behavior
Crosstalk between BRCA-Fanconi anemia and mismatch repair pathways prevents MSH2-dependent aberrant DNA damage responses
Sustained Normalization of Neurological Disease after Intracranial Gene Therapy in a Feline Model
Education

Education

‘Graceful Self Promotion’ workshop a boost of confidence for women in medicine

‘Graceful Self Promotion’ workshop a boost of confidence for women in medicine

The “Graceful Self Promotion” workshop, followed by the “Women in Medicine Mentoring Reception” were opportunities for female medical students to become familiar with the finer points of recognizing their own achievements and celebrating them. The self-promotion event was run by Luanne Thorndyke, MD, through the American Medical Women’s Association.

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Community

Community

Feldman to WBUR: Military suicides are preventable

Feldman to WBUR: Military suicides are preventable

Suicidologist Barry Feldman, PhD, talked to WBUR-FM radio about how UMass Medical School is assisting the Massachusetts National Guard for a Sept. 18 story exploring the Guard’s efforts to prevent suicides within its ranks. 

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Students

Students

GSBS student receives HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

GSBS student receives HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student Tsung-Han “Stanley” Hsieh is one of 46 international pre-doctoral students selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive International Student Research Fellowships that will support them as they complete their graduate studies at U.S. universities. The highly competitive award is funded at $43,000 per year for up to three years.

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