A new analysis by health policy researchers at UMass Amherst who studied the effectiveness of the 1983 Orphan Drug Act finds that current incentives “are not sufficiently stimulating orphan drug development” by pharmaceutical companies, and patients with rare diseases and conditions still have unmet needs. Further, barriers to ethical and timely access remain.
A new study of songbird dehydration and survival risk during heat waves in the desert Southwest suggests that some birds are at risk of lethal dehydration and mass die-offs when water is scarce, and the risk is expected to increase as climate change advances. Biologist Alexander Gerson and other researchers investigated how rates of evaporative water loss varied in five bird species with varied body mass.
Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman, who has also been serving as interim dean of the College of Education for the past year, will retire in June after close to 40 years at UMass Amherst.
Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will host a reception in his honor on April 7 from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby...
Junior journalism major Stephanie Murray has received the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Award, an honor earning her a 10-day study trip to Japan.
The award, established in 1984, is granted through the Scripps Howard Foundation and Indiana University. It was founded in memory of Roy W...
UMass Amherst recently licensed a new technology to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that holds promise of revolutionizing the treatment of cataracts and presbyopia, based on early phase discoveries by polymer physicist Murugappan Muthukumar and former graduate student Ben Mohr regarding the fundamental science of proteins in the lens of the human eye.
With a new cluster of specialized graphics processing units now installed, UMass Amherst is poised to attract the nation’s next crop of top Ph.D. students and researchers in such fields as artificial intelligence, computer vision and natural language processing.
John Klier, head of chemical engineering, has been named a 2016 National Academy of Inventors fellow.
The new class of NAI fellows will be inducted April 6 as part of the academy’s Sixth Annual Conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Andrew H. Hirshfeld,...
Researchers in nanochemistry expert Vincent Rotello’s laboratory at UMass Amherst have designed a delivery system using nanoparticles to assist the powerful new gene-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 across the cell membrane and into the cell nucleus while avoiding entrapment by cellular machinery.