Understanding Human Learning

Boston College faculty members Sara Cordes, Joshua Hartshorne, and Jaclyn Ford of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience have received National Science Foundation grants to support their research projects that focus on different aspects of human learning and memory. •Cordes, an associate professor, was awarded two grants: $870,968 for “The Developmental Emergence and Consequences of Spatial and Math Gender Stereotypes,”…
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Dr. Aiello is Director of The Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair Harvard Department of Ophthalmology for Centers of Excellence, and founding chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Dr. Aiello’s contributions to understanding mechanisms underlying diabetic retinopathy, development of novel therapeutics such as VEGF and plasma kallikrein inhibitors, clinical trial design…
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The UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center at UMass Medical School has been awarded a $3.75 million, five-year grant renewal from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The center, co-led by Stephenie Lemon, PhD, and Milagros Rosal, PhD, has been part of the nationwide Prevention Research Center consortium since 2009. “Working collaboratively with groups like the Worcester Division of Public Health…
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Joshua Sanes Awarded the 2020 Scolnick Prize

The McGovern Institute announced today that Joshua Sanes is the 2020 recipient of the Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. Sanes is being recognized for his numerous contributions to our understanding of synapse development. It was Sanes who focused the power of molecular genetics toward understanding how synapses are built. He is currently the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and…
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Accelerating Careers in Cancer Research

Six Harvard Medical School postdoctoral researchers have received awards from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Four of the HMS researchers are among six nationwide to receive a Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. This award provides additional funding to scientists completing a Damon Runyon Fellowship Award and who have exceeded Damon Runyon’s highest expectations and are most likely…
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Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), has been selected to serve on the National Academy of Medicine’s newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology and Innovation in health and medicine (CESTI).  The committee will assess the landscape of emerging scientific advances and technologies in health and medicine and address the…
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2020 of one million US dollars to Michael Hall and David Sabatini. The two researchers have radically changed ideas about cell growth, an important factor in the development of cancer. In doing so, they laid the foundation for new forms of cancer treatment. When cells divide and grow uncontrollably, it results in…
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The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has named UMass Medical School perinatal depression expert Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, the recipient of the 2020 John C. MacQueen Lecture Award. The award recognizes innovation by individuals who have made exemplary contributions to maternal and child health issues. Past recipients include former U.S. Surgeon General Everett C. Koop and child…
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Medline today announced the first honoree of its new “Works of Heart” program that honors healthcare workers across the country for their attention, compassion and dedication. Connie Crowley, RN, a nurse with UMass Memorial Medical Center, was nominated by her daughter, Fallon, for her devotion to patients and going above and beyond to personalize their care. Throughout her 30 years of nursing,…
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Whitehead Founding Member and former director Gerald R. Fink has been awarded the 2020 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal—bestowed by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). The award recognizes a distinguished scientist who has a lifetime achievement in the field of genetics and a strong history as a mentor to fellow geneticists. The GSA is an international community of more than 5,000 scientists who…
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