2017 Press Releases

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Expert’s Corner: David Harlan on a closer look at the cause of diabetes

Expert’s Corner: David Harlan on a closer look at the cause of diabetes

In this expert’s corner video, David Harlan, MD, explains cutting-edge research at UMass Medical School that allows scientists to better understand how the immune system attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leading to diabetes.

Christopher Sassetti to lead international team studying biology of tuberculosis

Christopher Sassetti to lead international team studying biology of tuberculosis

With an $11 million, 5-year program project grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Christopher M. Sassetti, PhD, and an international team of researchers will study the underlying biology of tuberculosis.

Brain imaging study finds link between menthol tobacco, nicotine addiction

Brain imaging study finds link between menthol tobacco, nicotine addiction

A new study co-authored by Guillaume Poirier, PhD, of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging finds that menthol administered with nicotine alters connectivity patterns in an area of the brain associated with drug reward and addiction and results in behavioral changes.

Primary care physicians cautious about new guidelines for high blood pressure

Primary care physicians cautious about new guidelines for high blood pressure

Family medicine & community health faculty Ronald Adler, MD, and Frank Domino, MD, will continue counseling patients about lifestyle modifications as well as medication to manage blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular disease risk rather than striving to achieve a set point for all, despite stringent new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAMC: No tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine

AAMC: No tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine

Dean Terence R. Flotte served as senior author on a call to action published in Academic Medicine, titled, “It is time for zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic medicine.”

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk beats fundraising goal, yields $560K for research, treatment

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk beats fundraising goal, yields $560K for research, treatment

The 19th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in $560,000 to support cancer research and treatment at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. 

Federal push for drug courts mirrors the model in Massachusetts

Federal push for drug courts mirrors the model in Massachusetts

The new federal commission on the opioid crisis will urge the Department of Justice to establish federal drug courts nationwide to better connect addicts with lifesaving treatment, a judicial system Massachusetts has used for years and recently improved with the help of UMass Medical School. Ira Packer, PhD, serves as director of the Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts.

Five competitors will vie for funding at M2D2 Medical Device Innovation competition

Five competitors will vie for funding at M2D2 Medical Device Innovation competition

A panel of expert judges will evaluate novel biomedical devices proposed by five teams of clinicians, scientists and biomedical engineers at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center’s Medical Device Innovation competition taking place Nov. 9 at UMass Medical School.

Abraham Brass receives grant from Gilead for HIV research

Abraham Brass receives grant from Gilead for HIV research

Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, received a grant from Gilead Sciences to undertake translational research investigating the interaction between HIV and host cells.

Hardcover edition of the history of UMass Medical School hits the shelves

Hardcover edition of the history of UMass Medical School hits the shelves

The history of UMass Medical School, Beating the Odds: The University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1962-2012, by Ellen More, PhD, has been published in an expanded hardcover edition. 

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