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Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Newsweek: UMass Medical School develops gene therapy for rare neurodegenerative disease

Researchers in the lab of Guangping Gao, PhD, have developed a novel gene therapy that cures a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disorder called Canavan disease in mice and is on track to be brought to clinical trial, according to an April 28 article in Newsweek.

Educational Recognition Awards highlight excellence among UMMS faculty

Educational Recognition Awards highlight excellence among UMMS faculty

Twenty-nine people were recognized for their contributions to student education at UMass Medical School at the 18th annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony, where Julie A. Jonassen, PhD, delivered the Last Lecture “Medical Education and the Case of the Missing Dromedary.”

Worcester Pipeline Collaborative celebrating 20 years

Worcester Pipeline Collaborative celebrating 20 years

School of Medicine student Marian Younge credits the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative for helping her pursue a career in medicine. 

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

UMMS scientists identify genes that control smooth muscle contraction in digestive system

Researchers at UMass Medical School have identified a new molecular pathway critical for maintaining the smooth muscle tone that allows the passage of materials through the digestive system.

Hugh Silk earns public service award for integrating oral health into primary care

Hugh Silk earns public service award for integrating oral health into primary care

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s 2016 Public Service Award.

Building a CRISPR rainbow

Building a CRISPR rainbow

CRISPRainbow, a new technology using CRISPR/Cas9 developed by scientists at UMass Medical School, allows researchers to tag and track up to seven different genomic locations in live cells. This labeling system, details of which were published in Nature Biotechnology, will be an invaluable tool for studying the structure of the genome in real time.

Newsmakers: UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo complete 2016 Boston Marathon

Newsmakers: UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo complete 2016 Boston Marathon

All six members of the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team crossed the finish line of the 2016 Boston Marathon on Monday, each with the goal of raising awareness and funds for breakthrough amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research underway at UMass Medical School. 

Custom wheelchair to aid UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo at Boston Marathon

Custom wheelchair to aid UMass ALS Cellucci Fund duo at Boston Marathon

Chris Benyo and his wife Denise DiMarzo are participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.

Gift from grateful patient funds new endowed chair in rheumatology

Gift from grateful patient funds new endowed chair in rheumatology

A gift from philanthropists Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson, of Wellesley, will create a new endowed chair at UMass Medical School; Jonathan Kay, MD, has been appointed the inaugural recipient of the Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson Chair in Rheumatology. 

UMMS researchers receive UMass technology development grants

UMMS researchers receive UMass technology development grants

Four researchers at UMass Medical School have been awarded funds for technology projects, including development of a less invasive cancer therapy, an injectable surgical adhesive and a bioluminescent nanocrystal for noninvasive biomedical imaging.

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