2014 HEADLINES

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MassAHEC Network, Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing collaborating on new program for sign language interpreters

MassAHEC Network, Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing collaborating on new program for sign language interpreters

The rising demand for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who have the proficiency and comfort to perform in a health care setting led to the development of a new training program offered by UMass Medical School, MassHealth, and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Chancellor Collins releases statement on UMass President Robert Caret's departure

Chancellor Collins releases statement on UMass President Robert Caret's departure

Chancellor Michael F. Collins issued the following statement on the announced departure of University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret.

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

UMass Medical School is involved in a new initiative, led by Diagnostics For All, to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Ebola. Such testing will make a ‘huge difference,’ according to Ebola survivor and physician Rick Sacra, who spoke at the State House press conference about the project.

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, a pioneer in the study of RNA silencing, was named a 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation.

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and Voyager Therapeutics will collaborate on viral vector manufacturing at the new MassBiologics SouthCoast facility in Fall River.

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

A 60 Minutes report on mindfulness meditation features interviews with UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and current faculty Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, and Jean King, PhD.

UMMS contributions to COMECC will change many lives

UMMS contributions to COMECC will change many lives

UMass Medical School's participation in the 2014 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employee Charitable Campaign was very successful, thanks to the many employees who contributed, some for the first time. While pledges are still being tallied, the amount raised exceeds last year’s total and more individual contributed this year than last.

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Infectious disease expert Robert Finberg, MD, said it is too early to predict whether Massachusetts will experience a severe flu season this year and urged families to get the vaccine.

Historical timeline puts UMMS growth, achievements in focus

Historical timeline puts UMMS growth, achievements in focus

The new online Historical Timeline of UMass Medical School was unveiled by the Lamar Soutter Library’s Office of Medical History and Archives this fall.

Rothschild to New York Times: More research needed on ketamine as treatment for depression

Rothschild to New York Times: More research needed on ketamine as treatment for depression

While UMass Medical School psychiatrist Anthony Rothschild, MD, acknowledges that there is an urgent need for new antidepressant medications, he is cautious about the rising use of ketamine as a treatment for depression, as he told the New York Times for a Dec. 19 feature on the promising but controversial drug. 

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