2014 CTSA

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Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Expert’s Corner: How zebrafish are helping to unlock melanoma genetics

In this Expert’s Corner video, Craig J. Ceol, PhD, explains how he is using the zebrafish to identify the genes that give rise to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Single episode of binge drinking adversely affects health

A new study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, found that a single episode of binge drinking can have significant negative health effects resulting in bacteria leaking from the gut, leading to increased levels of toxins in the blood.

FDA approves Phase II clinical trial for ALS at UMMS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the start of a mid-stage clinical trial of an adult stem cell treatment for patients with ALS according to its developer, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. The Phase II clinical trial will be launched initially at UMass Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

UMMS’ MassBiologics receives $5 million to fund viral vector manufacturing facility

MassBiologics received a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to support construction of a viral vector manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in Massachusetts. In this video, Executive Vice Chancellor Mark Klempner explains the therapeutic potential of viral vectors and why MassBiologics was chosen to receive this grant.

Luzuriaga: Case of second baby apparently cleared of HIV offers more hope for early therapy

News that a second baby born with HIV appears to have been cleared of infection after early and aggressive treatment is further evidence that early therapy may be the key to achieving remission, said immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, who is working on both cases.

Alpha-1 Project looks to UMMS to develop testing tool

Researchers at the UMass Medical School have been commissioned by the Alpha-1 Project to develop a PiZ antibody, an essential tool for testing potential therapies for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.