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2013-11-15 23:04:44

FSH Society partners with Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center. Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 A new cooperative research center focusing on Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) has been established at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). The National Institutes of Health Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center will focus its research and training programs on FSHD, one of the most prevalent...

2012-09-18 10:24:42

Lessons from the "Early Innovator" and Advanced Implementation States WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the most challenging aspects for states working to implement health care reform is establishing the information technology (IT) infrastructure to promote access to and enrollment in health plans through exchanges and expanded Medicaid programs authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new report released by the University of Massachusetts...

2012-08-27 13:01:20

ALS discovery points to new pathways and potential treatment strategy A team of scientists, including faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), have discovered a gene that influences survival time in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). The study, published today in Nature Medicine, describes how the loss of activity of a receptor called EphA4 substantially extends the lifespan of people with the disease. When coupled with a UMMS...

2011-07-28 23:17:15

Study shows that selection pressures imposed by predator fungi have shaped escape behavior in microscopic worms Escape responses are some of the most studied behaviors by neurobiologists who want to understand how the brain processes sensory information. The ability to evade predators plays a vital role in the process of natural selection. Animals explore their environment to find food, find mates and locate new habitats, and have developed distinct escape responses to avoid predators,...

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2010-01-25 10:22:04

UMass Medical School neurobiologists use transgenic fruit flies and monarch butterfly transgenes to help define magnetoreception mechanism Building on prior investigation into the biological mechanisms through which monarch butterflies are able to migrate up to 2,000 miles from eastern North America to a particular forest in Mexico each year, neurobiologists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have linked two related photoreceptor proteins found in butterflies to animal...

2008-11-03 09:00:06

PRINCETON, N.J. and JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medarex, Inc. and The Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories (MBL) of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) today announced that a Phase 2 trial of an anti-C. difficile antibody combination treatment in patients with C. difficile Associated Diarrhea (CDAD) successfully met its primary objective. The top-line results from the recently completed multi- center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled...