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Holding her head up high

With hope in her heart, survivor Jill Zitzewitz shares what got her through her cancer storm



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  • Research News

    UMMS establishes gene therapy collaborative research agreement with Pfizer

    UMass Medical School has entered into a three-year, collaborative research agreement with Pfizer to evaluate determinants that influence the manufacturing quality and yield of viral vectors used in gene therapy. The research at UMMS is being performed under the direction of Guangping Gao, PhD, and Dan Wang, PhD.

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    Erik Sontheimer co-leading efforts to develop gene editing toolkit by NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium

    Six UMass Medical School scientists are among the members of the National Institutes of Health’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing Consortium to publish a paper in Nature outlining the program’s goals.

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  • Research News

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings dropped during COVID-19 pandemic, UMMS study finds

    Breast and prostate cancer screenings declined rapidly in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new study by UMass Medical School researchers working with Reliant Medical Group.

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    Mammography expert finds deep-learning artificial intelligence may improve cancer detection

    The journal Nature Medicine has published a study co-authored by Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, finding that an artificial intelligence model for computer-aided reading of mammograms may improve the detection of breast cancer.

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  • Community News

    Robert Finberg named distinguished professor of medicine

    In recognition of his unique contributions to UMass Medical School, Robert W. Finberg, MD, has been named a distinguished professor of medicine.

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    Scientists sequence genomes of 240 animals to understand evolution at DNA level

    A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, has captured biodiversity at a genetic level, according to a new study published in Nature.

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