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Protein commonly screened for in pregnancy is linked to gestational diabetes

Protein commonly screened for in pregnancy is linked to gestational diabetes

New research by Silvia Corvera, MD, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, show that low levels of a protein commonly seen in screening tests for chromosomal disorders is associated with adipose tissue remodeling, glucose resistance and gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnant women.

NIH research funding surges at UMass Medical School

NIH research funding surges at UMass Medical School

National Institutes of Health research funding to UMass Medical School grew by 78 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which began July 1. Grants and contracts from all funding sources increased by nearly 50 percent.

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

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.

UMass Medical School selects Marlina Duncan to serve as vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion

UMass Medical School selects Marlina Duncan to serve as vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion

Marlina Duncan, EdD, will serve as the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at UMass Medical School, beginning Dec. 28, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

Deborah DeMarco honored by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Deborah DeMarco honored by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Deborah DeMarco, MD, is the recipient of the ACGME 2020 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. The award acknowledges the leadership and commitment of designated institutional officials who foster an excellent environment for resident/fellow education at their institutions.

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

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.

LISTEN: Kristin Mattocks details improvements in delivery of health care for veterans

LISTEN: Kristin Mattocks details improvements in delivery of health care for veterans

For the past 15 years, Kristin Mattocks, MD, MPH, has worked to improve quality of community care for all veterans. The new associate dean for veterans affairs at UMMS talks about the future of care in a new Voices of UMassMed podcast.

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

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.

John Harris appointed chair of dermatology

John Harris appointed chair of dermatology

John Harris, MD, PhD, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the treatment and study of vitiligo, has been appointed chair of the Department of Dermatology beginning Jan. 1.

Science LIVE brings virtual labs to area middle school students

Science LIVE brings virtual labs to area middle school students

UMass Medical School’s RNA Therapeutics Institute and Sanderson Center for Optical Experimentation have partnered with Technocopia Inc., a nonprofit community makerspace in downtown Worcester, to develop Science LIVE, a virtual outreach program to deliver science to middle school students during the pandemic.