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  • Thursday, January 07, 2021 Researchers to study health care providers’ influence on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

    Researchers to study health care providers’ influence on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

    By: Susan E.W. Spencer

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus

    Kimberly Fisher, MD, and Kathleen Mazor, EdD, are preparing a study to evaluate ways for health care providers to talk with their patients about the new COVID-19 vaccines and support them in getting vaccinated.

  • Monday, January 04, 2021 Student-led virtual wellness program provides companionship to older, hospitalized COVID patients

    Student-led virtual wellness program provides companionship to older, hospitalized COVID patients

    By: Kylee Denesha

    Category: Graduate School of Nursing,School of Medicine,Medicine,Office of Advancement,Clinician,Faculty,Student,Research,Novel Coronavirus

    A new companionship wellness initiative at UMass Medical School is combating isolation and loneliness among COVID-19 patients 65 and older by having students virtually check in, comfort and emotionally support them at two Worcester hospitals.

  • Monday, November 30, 2020 Robert Finberg details next steps for COVID vaccine

    Robert Finberg details next steps for COVID vaccine

    By: Susan E.W. Spencer

    Category: Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, a member of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, explains the process of getting the population vaccinated that will play out in phases over the coming year.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

    New study co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand shows frequent delirium in older COVID patients

    By: Kylee Denesha

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Student,Research,MD/PhD,Novel Coronavirus

    MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand is co-first author on a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Network Open that examines the frequency of COVID-19 positive older adults presenting to the emergency department with delirium.

  • Monday, November 16, 2020 Women in Science: Ana Maldonado-Contreras pivots gut microbiome studies to tackle COVID-19

    Women in Science: Ana Maldonado-Contreras pivots gut microbiome studies to tackle COVID-19

    By: Susan E.W. Spencer and Kylee M. Denesha

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus,Microbiology & Physiological Systems

    Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, studies the gut microbiome and chronic disease, in particular inflammatory bowel disease, and is now working to understand how gut microbes can predispose patients to severe COVID complications.

  • Monday, November 09, 2020 COVID-19 vaccine trial reports high effectiveness; UMass Medical School key enrollment site

    COVID-19 vaccine trial reports high effectiveness; UMass Medical School key enrollment site

    By: Susan E.W. Spencer

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Medicine,Office of Advancement,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Robert W. Finberg,Novel Coronavirus

    First results from a Pfizer and BioNTech Phase III messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine trial, in which UMass Medical School is participating, show promising findings, with more than 90 percent effectiveness in preventing infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the companies announced.

  • Monday, October 19, 2020 Sarah Nicole Forrester, Ann Moormann awarded $2 million NCI SeroNet grant

    Sarah Nicole Forrester, Ann Moormann awarded $2 million NCI SeroNet grant

    By: Jim Fessenden

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus,Population & Quantitative Health Sciences

    Sarah Nicole Forrester, PhD, and Ann Moormann, PhD, MPH, are co-principal investigators on a new grant aimed at enhancing representation of Black and Hispanic people in SARS-CoV-2 immunology research through the use of storytelling.

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 More than half of COVID-19 clinical trials exclude older adults, according to research co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand

    More than half of COVID-19 clinical trials exclude older adults, according to research co-authored by MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand

    By: Susan E.W. Spencer

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Student,Research,MD/PhD,Novel Coronavirus

    A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine, co-authored by UMass Medical School MD/PhD student Benjamin Helfand, reports that older adults were likely to be excluded from more than 50 percent of COVID-19 clinical trials and 100 percent of vaccine trials initiated early in the pandemic.

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 UMMS researchers study attitudes toward potential COVID-19 vaccine

    UMMS researchers study attitudes toward potential COVID-19 vaccine

    By: Sandra Gray

    Category: School of Medicine,Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus

    As many as four in 10 adults would refuse or hesitate to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a national survey, results of which were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Study co-authors Kimberly Fisher, MD, and Kathleen Mazor, EdD, say the findings indicate that health education outreach would be necessary to achieve widespread uptake of a safe and effective vaccine.

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2020 Boston Globe, CNN: UMass Medical School seeking to enroll diverse communities in COVID vaccine trial

    Boston Globe, CNN: UMass Medical School seeking to enroll diverse communities in COVID vaccine trial

    By: Bryan Goodchild and Lisa M. Larson

    Category: Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Research,Novel Coronavirus,Clinical Trials

    Robert Finberg, MD, spoke with the Boston Globe and CNN about measures UMass Medical School has taken to reach a diverse population as it recruits for its involvement in the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine trail for COVID-19.

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