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GSN dean appointed to Gov. Baker’s special commission on opioid safe prescribing

GSN dean appointed to Gov. Baker’s special commission on opioid safe prescribing

Graduate School of Nursing Dean Joan Vitello, PhD, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker as a member of his special commission to study the incorporation of safe and effective pain treatment and prescribing practices into professional training for future health care providers.

Pires named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

Pires named Medical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has named School of Medicine student Jacqueline Pires a 2016 Medical Research Scholar. Pires will spend a year in residence conducting mentored independent biomedical research at the NIH’s national headquarters in Bethesda, Md.

AP Big Story: UMass Medical School trains students to fight opioid abuse

AP Big Story: UMass Medical School trains students to fight opioid abuse

UMass Medical School is leading the charge to better train medical and advanced practice nursing students in the prevention and management of opioid abuse, according to an Associated Press story published June 28.

Stephen Miller receives McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

Stephen Miller receives McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

Stephen C. Miller, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, received a 2016 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for his work overcoming barriers to imaging in the brain.

Study of canine genetics holds clues to better human health

Study of canine genetics holds clues to better human health

Elinor Karlsson, PhD, has enrolled nearly 7,000 dog owners to provide information about their pets, as well as saliva samples, for the Darwin’s Dogs project. Researchers believe the data will help them better understand how the human genome stores and passes on inherited traits.

Summer Enrichment Program leads diverse students on path to medical school

Summer Enrichment Program leads diverse students on path to medical school

This year’s Summer Enrichment Program for college undergraduates welcomed 20 high-performing students who learned what it takes to gain entry to medical school. 

Telegram story raises awareness of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease afflicting 70 million people

Telegram story raises awareness of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease afflicting 70 million people

John Harris MD, PhD, has dedicated his research to better understanding what causes vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that results in the appearance of white spots on the skin, according to an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Ann Marshak-Rothstein awarded Lupus Insight Prize

Ann Marshak-Rothstein awarded Lupus Insight Prize

Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, will use the Lupus Insight Prize award to explore the regulatory role of toll-like receptors in an animal model of cutaneous lupus that has strong similarities to the human disease.

UMMS receives $17.3 million to oversee manufacturing of HIV vaccine

UMMS receives $17.3 million to oversee manufacturing of HIV vaccine

Shan Lu, MD, PhD, has received $17.3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop and produce an optimized HIV vaccine to be used in Phase II human clinical trials.

UMMS scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika and dengue weaknesses

UMMS scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika and dengue weaknesses

UMMS scientists have performed the first CRISPR/Cas9 screen to discover human proteins that Zika virus needs for replication. This work, led by Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, reveals new leads that may be useful for halting Zika, dengue and other emerging viral infections.

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