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Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

Educational Recognition Awards, Last Lecture and Second Year Oath Ceremony will take place April 25

David Hatem, MD, recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching, will deliver the Last Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, following the presentation of the 2017 Educational Recognition Awards. New this year, the event will include the Second Year Oath Ceremony for the School of Medicine Class of 2019.

Flotte, colleagues call March for Science ‘first step’ in rebuilding public trust in research in Boston Globe editorial

Flotte, colleagues call March for Science ‘first step’ in rebuilding public trust in research in Boston Globe editorial

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Washington, D.C., Boston and 400 other cities around the world for the April 22 March for Science, but UMass Medical School Dean Terence R. Flotte and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine don’t want the fight for National Institutes of Health funding to stop there.

Ami Ashar-Patel named Keck Graduate Institute fellow

Ami Ashar-Patel named Keck Graduate Institute fellow

PhD candidate Ami Ashar-Patel has been selected to participate in the Keck Graduate Institute Certificate in Bioscience Management Program.

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

Examining the role of the microbiome in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment

A study by Marian Walhout, PhD, and colleagues, shows that C. elegans, fed a diet of E.coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy. Results of the study were published in Cell

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

UMass Medical School announces 2017 Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

At the 44th annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 4, UMass Medical School will award honorary degrees to ground-breaking physician, scientist and academic health leader Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD; humanitarian and businessman Víctor Grífols, president of Grifols; and Patricia Donahoe, MD, a renowned pediatric surgeon and cancer researcher.

Creative classes build bridges between cultures, help refugee youth from Burma adjust to new lives

Creative classes build bridges between cultures, help refugee youth from Burma adjust to new lives

As featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a team of UMass Medical School students has partnered with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project to offer arts classes as social and cultural bridges for refugee youth from Burma now living in Worcester.

New study shows that antipsychotic medications can be reduced in dementia patients

New study shows that antipsychotic medications can be reduced in dementia patients

The use of antipsychotic medication in nearly 100 Massachusetts nursing homes was significantly reduced when staff members were trained to recognize challenging behaviors of cognitively impaired residents as communication of their unmet needs, according to a new study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE.

Massachusetts Medical Society honors five UMass Medical School students

Massachusetts Medical Society honors five UMass Medical School students

Fourth-year School of Medicine students Jorge Finke, Jessica Long, Michael Noujaim and Courtney Temple received $10,000 scholarships from the Mass. Medical Society, and first-year medical student Colleen Flanagan won the Society’s 2017 History Essay Contest award.

UMass Medical School faculty appointed to endowed chairs

UMass Medical School faculty appointed to endowed chairs

UMass Medical School will invest three faculty members into newly endowed chairs and three more to existing endowed chairs, as approved by a vote of the UMass Board of Trustees at its April 12 meeting. Two of the newly funded chairs, to be held by Mark Johnson, MD, and Marian Walhout, PhD, were made possible through the generosity of Maroun Semaan, co-founder, director and president of Petrofac Group.

Job Dekker receives inaugural International Award from British Biochemical Society

Job Dekker receives inaugural International Award from British Biochemical Society

Job Dekker, PhD, has been recognized by the Biochemical Society, based in London, as the inaugural recipient of the International Award.

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