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University of Massachusetts Kinesiology faculty John Sirard

A new interdisciplinary research project led by John Sirard, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and James Kitts, Professor of Sociology, has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help understand patterns of health behaviors and outcomes among diverse urban adolescents in Massachusetts.

University of Massachusetts Health Policy and Management faculty Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio

Associate Professor Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio and doctoral student Tai Spargo led the analysis of 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.

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Communication Disorders students connect with Parkinson's community

Pioneer Valley residents with Parkinson's Disease learn vocal training techniques from UMass Amherst Communication Disorders graduate students, instructed by Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Sommers.