A study by Marian Walhout, PhD, and colleagues, shows that C. elegans, fed a diet of E.coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy. Results of the study were published in Cell.Read more
The use of antipsychotic medication in nearly 100 Massachusetts nursing homes was significantly reduced when staff members were trained to recognize challenging behaviors of cognitively impaired residents as communication of their unmet needs, according to a new study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE.Read more
C. Leon Pierce has been appointed the new director of public safety and deputy chief of police at UMass Medical School, where he was sworn in by Chief of Police John Luippold at a ceremony held on Wednesday, Nov. 9.Read more
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honored 37 newly qualified PhD candidates with a formal ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 15, marking the milestone achievement as they transition from classroom-based learning to candidacy for a doctoral degree.Read more
Springfield native and UMass Amherst graduate Andrew Dowd took a very different path to UMMS, working as a professional photographer before beginning medical training. He melded photography with his medical school experience by taking pictures of his classmates throughout the four years, culminating in publication of his hardcover book MED SCHOOL: Photographs and Stories from Inside.
The Massachusetts Facility for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy at UMass Medical School is the first-of-its-kind facility in New England. The facility will open new windows into the world of biology with the ability to see single molecules and their dynamics and macromolecular assemblies inside cells.