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