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UMMS working with other Mass. medical schools, governor on opioid prescribing practices

UMMS working with other Mass. medical schools, governor on opioid prescribing practices

Terence R. Flotte, MD, and Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, met with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Sept. 2 to talk about the future of medical education related to pain management and opioid prescribing practices. 

Telegram: Health U helping people with intellectual disabilities keep weight off

Telegram: Health U helping people with intellectual disabilities keep weight off

Linda G. Bandini, PhD, RD, co-investigator on Health U at the medical school’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, talks to the Telegram & Gazette about the weight loss program for people with intellectual disabilities. Program alum Cassidy Bauer was also interviewed.

New guidelines established to help primary care physicians treat obese patients

New guidelines established to help primary care physicians treat obese patients

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, Lori Pbert, PhD, and colleagues outline a model meant to help primary care physicians address obesity during office visits and identify patients who might require additional support in a paper published by the American Journal of Medicine

Corvera to Wall Street Journal: risk for gestational diabetes may be detectable prior to pregnancy

Corvera to Wall Street Journal: risk for gestational diabetes may be detectable prior to pregnancy

New research by UMass Medical School microbiologist Silvia Corvera, MD, and obstetrician Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, may lead to earlier diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnant women at risk for the condition, according to a Sept. 2 article in the Wall Street Journal.

New research shows bioluminescent probes light up enzyme activity in the brain

New research shows bioluminescent probes light up enzyme activity in the brain

Stephen C. Miller, PhD, has developed a new class of molecules that are exclusively activated by the widely pursued drug target, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). 

Convocation 2015 official launch of new academic year

Convocation 2015 official launch of new academic year

A full slate of celebrations and honors will highlight the accomplishments of students and faculty as UMass Medical School officially marks the start of a new academic year. 

Researchers reveal how a common mutation causes neurodegenerative disease

Researchers reveal how a common mutation causes neurodegenerative disease

Fen-Biao Gao, PhD, and colleagues have determined how the most common gene mutation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia disrupts normal cell function by interfering with the movement of RNAs and proteins into and out of the nucleus.

John Hayes appointed to top fundraising post

John Hayes appointed to top fundraising post

John R. Hayes Jr. has been appointed vice chancellor for development for UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. Prescott D. Stewart has been appointed executive director of advancement for UMass Medical School.

Akindele joins Office of Community and Government relations as senior director

Akindele joins Office of Community and Government relations as senior director

Kola Akindele, JD, will help develop strategic relationships between UMMS and government and community institutions and organizations, especially in the Worcester region,  and will  devise a strategy for the institution’s public health collaboration with the Worcester Division of Public Health. 

UMMS BaccMD program a ‘pre-med boot camp’ for top students at UMass undergrad campuses

UMMS BaccMD program a ‘pre-med boot camp’ for top students at UMass undergrad campuses

Elias Nammour, Jacqueline Tran and Anthony Tran, all members of the School of Medicine Class of 2019, are the first BaccMD scholars to enter the UMMS. 

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