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Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates life science research into products that improve human health. This vision is achieved in collaboration with industry partners. Furthermore, IALS trains an entrepreneurial workforce skilled in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles for the life sciences.

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UMass Amherst Nursing Students Power Up Skills in Brief, Effective Substance Abuse Screening

Donna Zucker, CPHM and nursing, says, “Every student nurse will get educated around addiction, risk appraisal, motivational interviewing and in using SBIRT every day in their careers. They go out as new professionals with skills that many people already in the field haven’t learned yet. Our student nurses can also train people in settings wherever they end up. The first pioneers are going out and engaging the community now.”


More than 175 faculty from 3 colleges and 28 departments, conduct research and engage in hands-on education.


  • $150 million in new facilities
  • Industry Collaboratories
  • Prototype development and testing