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UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS receives $2.5 million CDC grant to help ob/gyns treat depression during, after pregnancy

UMMS has developed an innovative program to reach more women with perinatal depression by empowering obstetricians to treat patients’ psychiatric needs in their own practices. Now, with a $2.5 million grant from the CDC, investigators here will test the new approach as a potential model to address the urgent public health problem of depression during and after pregnancy.

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race brings hundreds out to support ALS research at UMass Medical School

Hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers contributed to the 2nd Annual Gov. Cellucci Tribute Road Race on Saturday in Hudson in memory of the late governor, Paul Cellucci, and to benefit ALS research at UMass Medical School. 

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician develops improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers

UMMS pediatrician Roula N. Choueiri, MD, has developed a rapid intervention screening test for autism spectrum disorder in toddlers, designed to improve early identification and access to treatment. Her study will be published in the August issue of The Journal of Pediatrics

UMMS joins celebrations marking ADA’s 25th anniversary

UMMS joins celebrations marking ADA’s 25th anniversary

Linda Long-Bellil, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, will be recognized as a “Pioneer of the ADA” for her role in getting the historic Americans with Disabilities Act passed.

Second annual Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race happening Saturday

Second annual Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race happening Saturday

The second annual Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race, to benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund, is Saturday, July 25. The deadline for registration is midnight on Wednesday, July 22. 

Chancellor Emeritus Aaron Lazare passes away

Chancellor Emeritus Aaron Lazare passes away

Aaron Lazare, MD, who served as chancellor and dean at UMMS from 1991 to 2007, died on July 14, 2015 at the age of 79.

Mutations disrupt protein linked to ALS

Mutations disrupt protein linked to ALS

A new paper by researchers at UMass Medical School published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes disease-causing mutations in a gene called profilin 1 that severely destabilize an important actin-binding protein; this unusual instability may be part of the cause of diseases such as ALS.

UMMS discovery uncovers nesprin ‘railroad tracks’ from nucleus to synapse that direct RNA localization

UMMS discovery uncovers nesprin ‘railroad tracks’ from nucleus to synapse that direct RNA localization

Vivian Budnik, PhD, has pinpointed a novel mechanism responsible for the long-range transportation of RNA from the nucleus of muscle cells to developing postsynaptic sites along the neuromuscular junction.

UMass Medical School to open Springfield campus in partnership with Baystate Health

UMass Medical School to open Springfield campus in partnership with Baystate Health

UMass Medical School, Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will open a regional clinical campus of the medical school in Springfield, to be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. 

Golenbock, Lee appointed to endowed chairs

Golenbock, Lee appointed to endowed chairs

UMass Medical School will invest two faculty members into newly endowed chairs this fall, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced. The chairs were approved by the University of Massachusetts Board at its June meeting.

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