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UMMS researchers make ‘startling’ discovery that a Salmonella protein reduces drug resistance in tumors

UMMS researchers make ‘startling’ discovery that a Salmonella protein reduces drug resistance in tumors

Scientists at UMass Medical School have found that the Salmonella protein SipA naturally reduces a well-known drug-resistant molecule found in many different types of cancer cells. They collaborated to deploy a SipA ‘nanobug’ that rendered tumors ‘almost undetectable.’

NIH study builds on previous UMMS research into chemoresistance in breast, ovarian cancer

NIH study builds on previous UMMS research into chemoresistance in breast, ovarian cancer

A new NIH study published in Nature, based on research by Sharon Cantor, PhD, helps scientists better understand how hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes function in the repair of broken DNA. Members of Dr. Cantor’s lab contributed to the study.

Dekker, colleagues at Curie Institute untangle Barr body of inactive X chromosome

Dekker, colleagues at Curie Institute untangle Barr body of inactive X chromosome

Job Dekker, PhD, and scientists at Institut Curie in Paris and Stanford University have taken a detailed look inside the small, densely packed structure of the inactive X chromosome found in female mammals called the Barr body.

New report finds that male, single, young and low-income residents more likely to be uninsured

New report finds that male, single, young and low-income residents more likely to be uninsured

Although Massachusetts has the lowest rate of uninsured residents nationally, those who are male, single, young, and low-income are more likely than others to be persistently uninsured, according to a new report co-authored by Michael Chin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and a health policy associate with Commonwealth Medicine.

Students in High School Health Careers Program driven by dedication, determination

Students in High School Health Careers Program driven by dedication, determination

Eighteen local teenagers who are determined to do what it takes to succeed in careers in health care are members of UMass Medical School’s High School Health Careers Program Class of 2016.

Third Rock Ventures launches Fulcrum Therapeutics; Michael Green of UMMS a co-founder

Third Rock Ventures launches Fulcrum Therapeutics; Michael Green of UMMS a co-founder

Michael Green, MD, PhD, is one of five scientific co-founders of Fulcrum Therapeutics, a new company located in Cambridge’s Kendall Square focused on discovering and developing small molecules that modulate the on/off control mechanisms that regulate genes.

Kamber Kaya and Hall representing women in science at The Allied Genetics Conference

Kamber Kaya and Hall representing women in science at The Allied Genetics Conference

GSBS student Hatem Elif Kamber Kaya was honored to have two speaking engagements at The Allied Genetics Conference, the annual national meeting of the Genetics Society of America. 

UMMS researchers discover novel link between immune system, social behavior

UMMS researchers discover novel link between immune system, social behavior

Vladimir Litvak, PhD, and colleagues made a startling discovery that immune system signaling can directly affect social behavior. Published in Nature, these findings could have great implications for neurological diseases such as autism-spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.

Meyers Primary Care Institute celebrates 20 years

Meyers Primary Care Institute celebrates 20 years

For 20 years the Meyers Primary Care Institute—a unique partnership between UMass Medical School, Fallon Health and Reliant Medical Group—has quietly improved population health through research and education.

Melanie Donahue starts blood cancer research fellowship at Broad Institute

Melanie Donahue starts blood cancer research fellowship at Broad Institute

Third-year School of Medicine student Melanie Donahue is spending a year at the Broad Institute studying proteins with genetic mutations implicated in the development of blood cancers, thanks to a 2016 Physician-Scientist Career Development Award from the American Society of Hematology.

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