Confronting the Side Effects of a Common Anti-Cancer Treatment

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UMass Amherst researchers studied origins of adverse effects

Results of a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that a new treatment approach is needed – and how this may be possible – to address adverse effects of aromatase inhibitors, drugs commonly prescribed to both men and women to prevent recurrence of estrogen-positive breast cancer.

UMass Neuroscience Club reaches 10 years as RSO

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Pictured l-r: Cohavit Gil, Sebastien Rauch, and Rebecca Davison

This year, the UMass Neuroscience Club (UMNC) has reached its 10-year mark as being a registered student organization on campus! To introduce ourselves for those who are unfamiliar with the UMNC, we are a group of undergraduate students passionate about exploring the field neuroscience. In the interdisciplinary spirit of neuroscience, all majors are welcome to join. We are an “open-source” resource on campus—we do not have membership dues. The only requirement for joining is a curiosity for neuroscience!

Fernanda Ferreira '88 PhD elected 2019 Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society

fernanda ferreiraFernanda Ferreira '88PhD, a psycholinguist and professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. Fellows of this society are individuals whose research has exhibited sustained excellence and had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community.

Aazam Najeebi ’19 honored with Rising Researcher Award

Aazam NajeebiAazam Najeebi ’19 is one of eight students from UMass Amherst honored with the Rising Researcher Award in recognition of their demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen field of study.

What makes some people better learners than others? Commonwealth Honors College student Aazam Najeebi intends to find out. The psychological and brain sciences major has been working in Professor Rebecca Spencer’s lab on a project using MRI to understand how sleep changes memory representations and how this changes with aging. He became interested in what was unique about those participants who learn more quickly than others, young or old.

Natasha de la Rosa receives 2018 Edna M. Dahlquist Scholarship

Natasha de la RosaThe Department of Psychological and Brain Science's Graduate Studies Committee has selected Natasha de la Rosa to receive a 2018 Edna M. Dahlquist Scholarship. The Dahlquist Scholarship, offered annually, rewards the unique challenges and hardships that a student overcame to enroll in their graduate program, providing $2,000 per student to complement other sources of funding (e.g., assistantships, fellowships). These funds may be used to support research and/or help with general living costs.   

Rebecca Ready featured on Connecting Point, discussing her research on concussions

One of Rebecca Ready’s research specialties is sports-related concussions, which can cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. More commonly known as CTE, the degenerative brain disease was first discovered in football players. But, CTE can affect anyone with a history of repetitive brain trauma, like hockey players and military veterans. Dr. Ready joined Carrie Saldo to discuss her research.

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Ushering life science technologies from labs to living rooms

Institute of Applied Life Sciences helps companies solve real-world problems 

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In addition to directing the Human Testing Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), Michael Busa is managing the new class of research relationships emerging for the state’s largest public university campus, with corporate partners in biotech and health care.

I-Corps boosts innovation infrastructure

Innovation Corps award will train teams to develop new ventures 

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The National Science Foundation has announced that it has selected the University of Massachusetts Amherst to be one of its national network of Innovation Corps Sites (I-Corps). The program is intended to increase research commercialization and campus startups while enriching existing innovation infrastructure. Organizers hope to help new ventures bring economic development and jobs to the region.