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UMMS researchers find possible correlation between retinal blood flow, obstructive sleep apnea

UMMS researchers find possible correlation between retinal blood flow, obstructive sleep apnea

New research from scientists at UMass Medical School suggests that varying blood flow in the retina may enable clinicians to earlier identify patients with obstructive sleep apnea. First-year medical student Lauren Lombardi is lead author on the paper published in the September issue of Retina Today.

Postdoc Li-Chun Tu awarded NIH grant to study human chromosome dynamics

Postdoc Li-Chun Tu awarded NIH grant to study human chromosome dynamics

Li-Chun Tu, PhD, a postdoc in the Grunwald Lab, has received a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence  Award to study the architecture of the human genome by tracking its mobility within the cell nucleus.

Three UMMS researchers receive Rainin Foundation Innovator Awards

Three UMMS researchers receive Rainin Foundation Innovator Awards

Three UMass Medical School faculty have received 2017 Innovator Awards from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, joining inaugural UMMS Rainin awardee Kate Fitzgerald, PhD, for their novel research to advance the goal of predicting and preventing inflammatory bowel disease.

UMass Medical School announces The Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research

UMass Medical School announces The Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research

A new institute for rare diseases research at UMass Medical School will build on the school’s already substantial accomplishments in the fields of gene therapy, RNA biology and RNAi technology to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics for a host of disorders.

UMMS study examines association between common childhood infection and type 1 diabetes

UMMS study examines association between common childhood infection and type 1 diabetes

A study conducted by UMass Medical School physician-scientist Jennifer Wang, MD, and colleagues at Eastern Virginia Medical School used proteomics to probe the effects of Coxsackie virus on insulin-producing cells.

Patrick Emery explains importance of circadian rhythm discoveries by 2017 Medicine Nobel Laureates

Patrick Emery explains importance of circadian rhythm discoveries by 2017 Medicine Nobel Laureates

UMass Medical School’s Patrick Emery, PhD, an expert in the genetic mechanisms that control circadian rhythms in organisms, explains the importance of the circadian rhythm discoveries made by the newly named Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, one of whom he worked with at Brandeis University.

UMMS receives largest alumni donation in school history to support ALS, neuroscience research

UMMS receives largest alumni donation in school history to support ALS, neuroscience research

Diane M. (Casey) Riccio, PhD, GSBS ’03, and her husband, Dan Riccio, of Los Gatos, Calif., have pledged $2 million to UMass Medical School to advance amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and neuroscience research. 

UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial working to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts

UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial working to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts

The UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care community is working to assist the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico with the deployment of a disaster relief team, support of the American Red Cross, and collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges to help the island’s four medical schools.

Ciearra Smith awarded prestigious Neuroscience Scholars fellowship

Ciearra Smith awarded prestigious Neuroscience Scholars fellowship

The Society for Neuroscience has named GSBS student Ciearra Smith a Neuroscience Scholar. One of only 15 students nationwide selected for the prestigious fellowship, she is pioneering new techniques for genetic studies of receptors in the brain associated with nicotine dependence and withdrawal. 

Co-chairs of ninth annual Winter Ball announced; event is Dec. 1

Co-chairs of ninth annual Winter Ball announced; event is Dec. 1

Kate McEvoy-Zdonczyk, Beata and Michael O’Brien, and Kim and Eric Schultz are serving as co-chairs of the ninth annual Winter Ball, the fundraising gala benefiting UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. The event is Friday, Dec. 1 at Mechanics Hall.

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