2014 Press Releases

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Older adults who walk out of necessity are at highest risk for outdoor falls

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical School.

‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV: UMMS immunologist among researchers studying case

The child known as the “Mississippi baby”—an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years of not taking antiretroviral therapy without evidence of virus, according to the pediatric HIV specialist and researchers involved in the case, including UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD.

Three UMMS scientists named in 2014 Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Publishing and media company Thomson Reuters names UMMS professors Phillip D. Zamore, PhD; Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD; and Eric O. Mick, ScD, among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

A new UMass Medical School program trains health care providers how to teach their colleagues to help patients quit smoking.

Brian A. Kelch, PhD, named 2014 Pew Scholar

Brian A. Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has been named a member of the 2014 class of Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which provides funding over four years to young investigators of outstanding promise who are doing biomedical research relevant to the advancement of human health.

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UMMS postdoc named 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences

Postdoctoral scholar Alejandro Vasquez-Rifo, PhD, was named one of nine 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Latin American Fellow program allows early-career scientists from Latin America to train in top U.S. laboratories and develop skills and connections that will help them become scientific leaders in their home countries.

More help on the way for Mass. women with depression during and after pregnancy

UMass Medical School is leading the launch of a statewide program to better identify and treat depression in mothers during and after pregnancy, by providing rapid access to psychiatric expertise and mental health resources to pregnant and postpartum women’s front line health care providers. The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) for Moms initiative launches July 1.

Budnik and Lee join ELAM leadership program

Mary M. Lee, MD, and Vivian Budnik, PhD, have been named fellows of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. 

Victor Ambros named co-recipient of 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has been awarded the 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize, along with longtime collaborator Gary Ruvkun, PhD, professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and David Baulcombe, PhD, professor of botany at the University of Cambridge, for their pioneering discoveries of the existence and function of microRNAs and small interfering RNAs.