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Final push toward another successful COMECC campaign

Final push toward another successful COMECC campaign

The statewide Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC), which runs through Nov. 26, allows UMass Medical School employees to direct their contributions to any of more than 1,000 screened local, regional, national and international nonprofits dedicated to supporting a wide range of needs.

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

The Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMass Medical School is one of 10 sites taking part in a $30 million, five-year intervention study to drastically reduce the number of falls in older adults funded by National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

In this Expert’s Corner video, infectious disease specialist Robert Finberg, MD, compares the incidence and dangers of flu versus Ebola in the United States—and urges everyone to get flu vaccines. 

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

The Center for Collaborative Research in Fragile X at UMMS, with a $9.5 million NIH grant, will be led by Professor of Molecular Medicine Joel D. Richter, PhD. Fragile X is the most common form of inherited intellectual and developmental disability. It can affect one in about 4,000 males and one in about 6,000 females.  

Dare to care: Be a part of changing lives through COMECC

Dare to care: Be a part of changing lives through COMECC

The statewide Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC), which runs through Nov. 26, allows UMass Medical School employees to direct their contributions to any of more than 1,000 screened local, regional, national and international nonprofits dedicated to supporting a wide range of needs.

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

UMass Medical School, the Patrick administration and the Veterans Administration announced plans for a new outpatient clinic for veterans care on the UMMS campus in Worcester.  

UMMS research retreat draws nearly 400; Allan Jacobson delivers keynote

UMMS research retreat draws nearly 400; Allan Jacobson delivers keynote

Nearly 400 hundred members of the UMass Medical School academic community—faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral fellows and guests—gathered at the Lincoln Conference Center at UMass Amherst for the 19th Annual Basic Research/GSBS Retreat on Nov. 3 and 4.

Expert’s Corner: Keeping infants safe while they sleep

Expert’s Corner: Keeping infants safe while they sleep

The number of sudden, unexplained infant deaths that may be attributable to an unsafe sleep environment are persistent in Massachusetts. In this Expert’s Corner video, pediatrician Linda Sagor explains the dangers and how to keep babies sleeping safely.  

Virtual communities can help patients manage type 2 diabetes

Virtual communities can help patients manage type 2 diabetes

An innovative study by Milagros C. Rosal, PhD, found that it is feasible to deliver a group diabetes self-management intervention to patients with uncontrolled diabetes via an online "virtual community."

Robin Clark in Commonwealth Magazine: State opioid addiction treatment policies must consider scientific evidence

Robin Clark in Commonwealth Magazine: State opioid addiction treatment policies must consider scientific evidence

Opioid addiction can be treated successfully with medication, and state policies should reflect the scientific evidence that supports those findings, Robin Clark, PhD, writes in an op-ed for Commonwealth Magazine

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