Margaret O’Connor, MCBB PhD candidate of the Man Lab, is this year’s recipient of the Charles Terner Award. Margaret is investigating the X-linked protein NEXMIF, which is associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She uses a transgenic mouse model to study the role NEXMIF plays in brain development, specifically neuronal growth and dendritic spine development. There are a number of human patients…
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UMass Medical School-Baystate faculty leader Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, has been named recipient of the 2020 Elnora Rhodes Service Award by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). The award recognizes the highest level of service to the society and is given annually to an individual for outstanding service in upholding its mission of clinical care, research, education and community…
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The Austrian Association of Entrepreneurs announced today that Edward S. Boyden, the Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT, has been awarded the 2020 Wilhelm Exner Medal. Named after Austrian businessman Wilhelm Exner, the medal has been awarded annually since 1921 to scientists, inventors, and designers that are “promoting the economy directly or indirectly in an outstanding manner.” Past honorees include…
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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 (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons that control muscle cells. People with ALS slowly lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and…
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2020 MacVicar Faculty Fellows Named

The Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar’s Office have announced this year’s Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellows: materials science and engineering Professor Polina Anikeeva, literature Professor Mary Fuller, chemical engineering Professor William Tisdale, and electrical engineering and computer science Professor Jacob White. Role models both in and out of the classroom, the new fellows have tirelessly sought to improve themselves,…
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Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Amyloidosis Center, was recently elected secretary of the International Society of Amyloidosis.  She will serve in this role for a term of two years. In this position she will be responsible for keeping minutes of the proceedings of members’ meetings, meetings of the Board and meetings of the Executive Committee.…
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The International Society for Experimental Hematology (ISEH) has selected Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish to receive the organization’s Donald Metcalf Award for 2020. This highest award of the society honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to basic science in the fields of hematology, immunology, stem cell research, and cell and gene therapy. With the selection, ISEH recognizes…
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Hear that? That’s the sound of more than 30 investors handing over money to one of the Boston area’s emerging hearing loss-focused biotechs. Gene therapy startup Akouos raised $105 million in a Series B round this week. Altogether, 33 investors contributed to the round, including local newcomers Polaris Founders Fund and Fidelity Management & Research Co., according to an SEC filing. Boston-based Akouos…
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The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, the strategic partnership of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), has awarded up to $16 million to four teams of top researchers, including a team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as part of its “New Therapies Challenge Grants,” the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Scientific Partner of SU2C, announced today. The Dana-Farber team lead…
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Dr. Shoumita Dasgupta, Professor of Medicine and an Assistant Dean for Admissions, has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She will complete a project at Ain Shams University in Egypt that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S.…
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