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October 2016

The opening of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst was celebrated on Friday, October 21 by Massachusetts life science industry leaders and state and university officials during a day-long event, celebrating a $150 million investment to bring new discoveries in healthcare services and products to market.

The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently was awarded a five-year, $1.23 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to create a new center where scientists will develop technologies to help people with chronic illness manage fatigue and impaired sleep.

Studies that will also help patients decide when and how to modify their activities will test wearable or handheld devices to monitor fatigue or sleep pattern changes.

Kinesiologist John Sirard and statistician John Staudenmayer, CPHM, recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop methods for establishing more accurate assessments of physical activity and sedentary behavior in young people. Accurate and precise measures of these activities in youth are critical to researchers trying to provide evidence-based information related to health, Sirard explains.

Microbiologist Kristen DeAngelis (M2M) was awarded two grants totaling about $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance understanding of the role of soil microbes in feeding carbon into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) will mark the opening of its new $150 million state-of-the-art research facilities at 240 Thatcher Road, University of Massachusetts Amherst with a grand opening celebration on October 21st.