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2020 RESEARCH

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Cole Haynes receives prestigious NIH MERIT award for research on mitochondria repair

Cole Haynes receives prestigious NIH MERIT award for research on mitochondria repair

Cole M. Haynes, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology, has received a Method to Extend Research in Time award from the National Institute on Aging for his research on repair and regeneration of mitochondria dysfunction, a mechanism associated with age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Fujifilm announces a Phase II clinical trial of influenza antiviral drug for COVID-19

Fujifilm announces a Phase II clinical trial of influenza antiviral drug for COVID-19

Fujifilm Corporation announced the initiation of a Phase II clinical trial in the United States to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its antiviral drug Avigan for patients with COVID-19, in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Medical School. Robert W. Finberg, MD, is the principal investigator for the UMMS site.

Electronic health toolkit brings nonopioid treatments to low-income chronic pain patients

Electronic health toolkit brings nonopioid treatments to low-income chronic pain patients

A new study by Paula Gardiner, MD, finds that an interactive website can bring effective nondrug treatments like mindfulness, meditation and yoga to chronic pain patients who may not otherwise have access to them.

Nancy Byatt co-leading national study of mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women

Nancy Byatt co-leading national study of mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women

Perinatal depression expert Nancy Byatt, DO, is a principal investigator on a national study that will evaluate which components of three innovative programs for pregnant and postpartum women with depression are most effective.

New ALS Association grant supports John Landers research into identifying ALS genes

New ALS Association grant supports John Landers research into identifying ALS genes

The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter awarded John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, a $25,000 grant to further his ongoing research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Minjin Kim focused on health disparities among Asian American women

Minjin Kim focused on health disparities among Asian American women

Minjin Kim is dedicating her career to addressing cross-cultural differences among Asian American women that may account for health disparities, such as low rates of vaccination against human papilloma virus.

A simple way to promote HPV vaccination among Asian American women: Storytelling

A simple way to promote HPV vaccination among Asian American women: Storytelling

In a piece originally published on The Conversation, Minjin Kim, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate, discusses the need to raise awareness among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders about HPV, the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer.

New research by Jeremy Luban examines cause of inflammation in HIV-1

New research by Jeremy Luban examines cause of inflammation in HIV-1

Research by Jeremy Luban, MD, suggests that loss of innate lymphoid cells (ILC) is the likely source of chronic inflammation in people living with HIV-1.

K Club at UMass Medical School prepares new investigators for independent funding

K Club at UMass Medical School prepares new investigators for independent funding

The Research Career and Writing Group, known as the “K Club”, helps junior investigators obtain early career training grants known as K awards to advance their research. Daniel Amante, PhD, is among the more than 80 percent of K Club participants who have applied for these awards and received funding.

Two UMass Medical School research teams to compete in 2020 STAT Madness competition

Two UMass Medical School research teams to compete in 2020 STAT Madness competition

Two research teams from UMass Medical School have been selected by STAT News to compete among 64 contestants in the 2020 STAT Madness, a bracket-style competition in which members of the public will vote for the best biomedical research from 2019.

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