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Medical student Tedi Begaj receives HHMI Medical Research Fellowship

Medical student Tedi Begaj receives HHMI Medical Research Fellowship

Tedi Begaj, a third year student in the School of Medicine, has been awarded a 2015 Medical Research Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He will conduct research to develop and deliver adeno-associated viral gene therapy in retinitis pigmentosa.

Cellucci Fund 2015 Boston Marathon team raises money, awareness for ALS research

Cellucci Fund 2015 Boston Marathon team raises money, awareness for ALS research

The 2015 UMass ALS Cellucci Fund Boston Marathon team successfully completed the historic 26.2-mile course and raised nearly $45,000 for ALS research at UMass Medical School.

New strategy will allow scientists to map regulatory networks associated with complex multi-gene diseases

New strategy will allow scientists to map regulatory networks associated with complex multi-gene diseases

Scientists in the lab of Marian Walhout, PhD, have applied a powerful tool in a new way to characterize genetic variants associated with human disease that will allow researchers to more easily and efficiently describe genomic variations underlying complex, multi-gene diseases.

Expert’s Corner: Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, recommends PSA screening

Expert’s Corner: Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, recommends PSA screening

Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, discusses the controversy surrounding prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening recommendations in this Expert’s Corner video.

Neuroscientists identify brain circuitry responsible for increased anxiety in smokers trying to quit

Neuroscientists identify brain circuitry responsible for increased anxiety in smokers trying to quit

In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists at UMass Medical School and The Scripps Research Institute have identified novel circuitry in the brain responsible for anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.

DiFranza calls on FDA to ‘act with uncharacteristic speed’ to regulate e-cigarettes

DiFranza calls on FDA to ‘act with uncharacteristic speed’ to regulate e-cigarettes

Youth nicotine addiction expert Joseph DiFranza comments on the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Youth Tobacco Survey that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.

Telegram reports on UMMS research into using Google Glass in the ER

Telegram reports on UMMS research into using Google Glass in the ER

Peter Chai, MD, fellow in medical toxicology at UMMS, explains the benefits of using Google Glass in an emergency room in an April 17 Telegram & Gazette story.

UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team running Boston Marathon

UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team running Boston Marathon

Six runners will take on the famous 26.1-mile Boston Marathon stretch from Hopkinton to Boston on April 20 to raise money for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund. 

UMMS studying patterns of health care use among people with intellectual disabilities

Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. A study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns. 

Pilot clinical study at UMMS to test ‘Sugar’ diabetes app

Pilot clinical study at UMMS to test ‘Sugar’ diabetes app

An advanced smartphone application developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to help people with diabetes better manage their weight and blood sugar level and assess the status of chronic foot ulcers, is entering a pilot clinical study at UMass Medical School.

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