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2014: Year in review

2014: Year in review

It’s been another banner year at UMass Medical School. Whether it was news about the Ebola crisis, the urgent need for increased NIH funding or recognition of the groundbreaking programs and scientists here, UMassMedNow kept the medical school community informed every day. Here are some of the biggest stories we covered in 2014. We’re looking forward to an even bigger 2015. 

UMMS family physician: Binge drinking may not equal addiction, but it will hurt your health

UMMS family physician: Binge drinking may not equal addiction, but it will hurt your health

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol this holiday may not make you an addict—according to a recent CDC report on the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism—but it will significantly damage your body. Dennis Dimitri, MD, explains the adverse effects of binge drinking in this Expert’s Corner.

MassAHEC Network, Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing collaborating on new program for sign language interpreters

MassAHEC Network, Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing collaborating on new program for sign language interpreters

The rising demand for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who have the proficiency and comfort to perform in a health care setting led to the development of a new training program offered by UMass Medical School, MassHealth, and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

UMass Medical School is involved in a new initiative, led by Diagnostics For All, to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Ebola. Such testing will make a ‘huge difference,’ according to Ebola survivor and physician Rick Sacra, who spoke at the State House press conference about the project.

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, a pioneer in the study of RNA silencing, was named a 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation.

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and Voyager Therapeutics will collaborate on viral vector manufacturing at the new MassBiologics SouthCoast facility in Fall River.

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

A 60 Minutes report on mindfulness meditation features interviews with UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and current faculty Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, and Jean King, PhD.

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Infectious disease expert Robert Finberg, MD, said it is too early to predict whether Massachusetts will experience a severe flu season this year and urged families to get the vaccine.

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Two newly endowed chairs were approved by the university’s Board of Trustees, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins. Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, was named the inaugural recipient of the UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research. Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, was named the inaugural recipient of the second Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair.

UMMS leading drive to reopen Liberian hospitals in wake of Ebola

UMMS leading drive to reopen Liberian hospitals in wake of Ebola

UMass Medical School is leading an initiative to restore critically needed basic health care in Liberia by re-opening hospitals overwhelmed by Ebola outbreaks, thanks to funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 

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