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UMass Medical School celebrated Convocation 2013 with a weeklong calendar of events. The annual campus-wide salute to faculty, students and scholarship marks the beginning of the new academic year.
Anyone who missed the events, which took place on campus from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20, can view them in their entirety at the special Convocation website.
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In a rite of passage for 125 aspiring physicians, the School of Medicine at UMass Medical School welcomed its incoming class of new medical students.
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The Alumni Association welcomed the largest class of School of Medicine graduates into the fold. Members of the class also received educational honors and recognized outstanding educators at one of the last official events before Commencement.
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Chancellor Michael F. Collins from the University of Massachusetts Medical School—home to researchers who were part of the team credited this week with the breakthrough discovery of a baby's "functional HIV cure"—is speaking out against federal budget cuts he says will seriously jeopardize future advancements.
"We hear such incredible news about a discovery, a child who looks as if she's been cured of HIV, at the same time 'government by daring' is going to cause a large reduction in our nation's investment in medical research. To me, that's just crazy," Chancellor Collins said. "Research means hope. Research can bring change to the human condition and research actually can bring human dignity to patients."
UMMS Professor Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, a nationally known AIDS researcher, is one of three doctors who reported the discovery of a functional cure of HIV in a Mississippi baby at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta this week. The infant underwent remission of HIV infection after receiving antiretroviral therapy within 30 hours of birth. The investigators from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children's Center and UMMS say the prompt administration of antiviral treatment likely led to this infant's cure by halting the formation of hard-to-treat viral reservoirs—dormant cells responsible for reigniting the infection in most HIV patients within weeks of stopping therapy.
The finding, the investigators said, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children. But Collins said it is exactly research such as this that could be dramatically affected as the so-called sequestration takes effect.
The HIV research in this case was paid for by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR.) NIH is facing an 8.2 percent across-the-board cut as a result of sequestration, which amounts to about a $1.6 billion budget cut.
"Governmental leaders need to understand that the investments that they've been making in biomedical research enterprise are actually fueling these great discoveries," Collins said. "Much like an engine on takeoff, this is no time to take the fuel out of the tank."
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Michael F. Collins, MD, delivers the 217th Annual Oration to the Worcester District Medical Society. Medical education, research and clinical practice are experiencing widespread transformation with UMass Worcester leading the way. As systematic changes take root, the covenant between physician and patient is more important than ever.
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In 2012 the UMMS community volunteered 71,000 hours of service globally, 47,000 hours in Massachusetts, and 35,000 hours in Worcester, MA.
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Veterans receive turkeys and thanks from volunteers.
Chancellor Michael F. Collins and his wife, Maryellen, joined dozens of volunteers at the Holiday Harvest at the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester on Tuesday, Nov. 20, handing out the fixings for complete turkey dinners to hundreds of veterans.
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Chancellor Michael F. Collins awarded former Gov. Paul Cellucci a Chancellor's Medal at a reception to benefit the UMass ALS Champion Fund on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Massachusetts National Guard and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services have joined forces to increase resiliency and help prevent suicide among Massachusetts National Guard members. Seeking to address the unique health care needs of National Guard personnel and the increased rates of suicide among U.S. military personnel, UMass Medical School behavioral health faculty will collaborate with the National Guard and Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services to implement suicide prevention strategies specifically designed for military personnel.
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Chancellor Michael F. Collins was a keynote speaker at the Central Mass. Business Expo on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Chancellor Collins spoke about the importance of National Institutes of Health funding for basic biomedical research. Among other things, he pointed out that basic research, while is harder for most people to understand, is crucial to fueling the economic growth and breakthroughs that spring from our world-leading biomedical research enterprise.
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Months of construction remain, with parts of the building still showing exposed steel, pipe and concrete, but planning is underway for filling the Albert Sherman Center with people and equipment.
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UMass Medical School welcomed the School of Medicine's Class of 2016 at a dinner picnic. The social event was one of the opportunities for students to grow familiar with people and places on campus as part of their orientation. Other events included a breakfast at which Chancellor Michael Collins, Dean Terry Flotte, and others congratulated and encouraged the students —and thanked them for choosing UMMS.
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Every day for the past two years, hundreds of construction workers skilled in dozens of trades have been on the job at UMass Medical School, building the soon-to-be-completed Albert Sherman Center. General contractor Suffolk Construction hosted a barbecue lunch to thank workers for their efforts, acknowledging their vital roles in bringing the state-of-the-art building project to fruition.
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Following an exciting major fundraising event on Thursday, March 15, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, an anonymous donor has presented a $150,000 gift to the UMass ALS Champion Fund to support critical research into ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases at UMass Medical School. Former Gov. Paul Cellucci helped launched the Champion Fund last year, shortly after announcing that he had been diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease.
The UMass ALS Champion Fund, which has raised more than a million dollars in the 10 months since it was launched, was created to drive awareness of and funding for the neuroscience breakthroughs happening at UMass Medical School, and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology and one of the world's leading ALS researchers.
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Members of the School of Medicine Class of 2014 reaffirmed their commitment to medicine and their patients, reciting an oath in front of family, friends and faculty during the Second-Year Oath ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. As they marked the transition from the classroom to the clinic in their medical education, the students vowed to "recognize it is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of another" and resolved to make themselves worthy of this honor.
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Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, challenged the Worcester community to envision the city as a globally renowned health care destination, helping to chart the future of "precision medicine" as a leader in translational research.
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About 40 volunteers from UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care helped clear a walking path from the Seabury Heights complex to Bell Hill Pond on Thursday, Sept. 15, as part of the United Way Day of Caring. The group also cleaned up the pond and the public park area.
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Chancellor Michael F. Collins was the keynote speaker at the Worcester Technical High School staff orientation on Monday, Aug. 29, where he commended the group for the school's recent strong MCAS scores and other accomplishments. "I am your biggest fan," said Chancellor Collins, who was invited to speak by Principal Sheila M. Harrity.
In his inspirational talk, he asked the group to focus on mentoring students. "If the work of your hands can affect those hearts and shape those minds, boy, will you make our city proud, and will you continue to be one great success," said Collins.
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The 125 medical students in the class of 2015 that arrived on campus this week spent a lot of time learning their way around campus, preparing for the transition to medical school and getting to know one another. They come from undergraduate institutions as far away as North Carolina and as near as Worcester, Fitchburg and Gardner. As always, the best institutions in Massachusetts are represented, including the UMass system, which is the alma mater of 20 percent of the class. Under a tent on the quad on a perfect summer evening, the week was capped by a picnic on Thursday for the class of 2015, their 'buddies' from the class of 2014, faculty and campus leadership. In the video below left, a few students talk about why they chose UMass Medical School.
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In every life certain events are unforgettable, like your wedding day, the birth of a child—and for physicians, Match Day. "I can remember it like yesterday," said UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins of his own Match Day some 30 years ago. "Match Day is an incredibly exciting moment in the life of a clinician."
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For many in this region, it's difficult to imagine Worcester without UMass Medical School. This weekend, the Telegram & Gazette's announcement of its 2010 Visions Community Awards winners helped illustrate why: Two of the five recipients of these much-anticipated awards are part of the Medical School family.
Read the full story: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/articles/2011/vision_awards.asp
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On Monday, Jan. 24, UMass Medical School will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring members of the UMMS community whose actions exemplify the characteristics of greatness, as defined by Dr. King in his famous speech delivered two months before his death in 1968.
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For the second year in a row, UMass Medical School participated in "Light it up Blue" on Friday, April 1, to raise awareness of autism. Created by Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, Light it up Blue is a public awareness campaign in which landmark buildings around the world are bathed in blue light for World Autism Awareness Day. UMass Medical School will also affirm its commitment to advancing understanding and treatment of autism by awarding Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Susan Wright honorary degrees at Commencement 2011 this June.
Read more: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/research/2011/autism_awareness.
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The annual Educational Recognition Awards ceremony featured a fresh twist on an established tradition. In addition to the presentation of awards to faculty for excellence in teaching, research and service, this year's ceremony included a special lecture by the inaugural recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Susan Gagliardi, professor of cell biology and neurology.
Read more: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/education/2011/educational_reco
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Second-year School of Medicine students stood before family, friends and faculty and vowed to "care for [their] patients, improve their health, and enhance their quality of life" by pursuing ideals as caregivers, listeners, lifelong learners, teachers, colleagues, persons and members of the community. They made this vow on Tuesday, April 5, at their Second-Year Oath Ceremony, the formal event that marks their educational transition from the classroom to the clinic.
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The palpable excitement that filled the Faculty Conference Room today as the clock struck noon became a loud roar of voices as Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD, associate dean for student affairs, began calling the names of all 85 fourth-year School of Medicine students set to graduate this June. One by one, students squeezed through the crowd of fellow students, family members, friends and other members of the Medical School community to receive a much-anticipated envelope that would tell them where the next step in their medical education journey would take them.
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U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin came to campus on Thursday, Oct. 28, to meet with some of UMass Medical School's leading researchers as part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) national Research Means Hope campaign, which celebrates the fundamental role that National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported medical research plays in improving human health and longevity.