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  • Public Health doctoral candidate Liam Fouhy sits behind a machine that measures bone density, in the Health Assessment Lab

    Researcher: Balance of Key Minerals Helps to Prevent Weak Bones

    Getting the right balance of calcium and magnesium in your diet may be more important to keeping your bones healthy than getting the recommended daily minimum of each mineral, says Liam Fouhy ’19, a doctoral student in public health.
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  • Illustration of the link of the gut and brain

    Researchers Study Link Between the Gut and Brain Health

    In a new study published in the Annals of Neurology, Assoc. Prof. of Public Health Natalia Palacios found that healthy, anti-inflammatory bacteria were less abundant among people who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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  • Nishi Shah at her internship as Bae Systems

    UML Students Earn While They Learn

    UML students, from a range of majors, share what they learned during their recent paid internships, co-ops and research experiences – and how it’s given them new perspectives on their coursework.
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  • Mahdi Garelnabi in research lab

    Study: Women Suffer Worse Heart Disease Outcomes Than Men

    A new analysis of 15 global studies on cardiovascular disease shows that women are diagnosed and treated later than men for cardiac issues, resulting in worse outcomes for women than for men.
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  • Jonghan Kim in Lab

    Biomedical Professor Leads $2.9M Study to Develop Safer Drugs

    Assoc. Prof. Jonghan Kim of the Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Department is leading a study to develop a long-acting nanoparticle drug that removes iron from the body without harsh side effects.
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  • pre-health advising carol myers welcome day tabling

    Pre-Health Advising Guides Future Doctors and Dentists

    This past academic year, Pre-Health Advising had a 100% acceptance rate among students and alumni who applied to dental school and a 90% acceptance rate for those who applied to medical school.
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  • Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences Assoc. Prof. Mahdi Garelnabi in the CPH lab

    Biomedical Sciences Professor Tapped to Direct ADVANCE Office for Faculty Equity

    A health sciences professor is the new director of the ADVANCE Office for Faculty Equity. A researcher specializing in cardiovascular disease, Assoc. Prof. Mahdi Garelnabi brings extensive experience working on diversity within the American Heart Association and other groups.
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  • Collette, left, and Diana Whitcomb show off their matching grasshopper tattoos on the snowy South Campus quad

    Two of Four Quadruplets Graduate

    Quadruplets Collette and Diana Whitcomb are graduating together. Their brothers, Andrew and Bryce, aren't far behind.
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  • UML biomedical engineering student Alex Hutchinson in Granada, Spain

    RHSA Expands with Study Abroad, First-Gen Student Conference

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy is expanding its programs for first-generation college students, including adding a study abroad course and a conference organized by students, thanks to federal aid and grants from nonprofits.
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  • Kelsey Mangano

    The Sweet Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

    Plant-based bioactive compounds called flavan-3-ols found in dark chocolate and other foods are known to promote health.
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  • gut bacteria

    Does a Common Food Additive Harm the Gut?

    Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Assoc. Prof. Kelsey Mangano has received a three-year $496,885 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine whether high consumption of titanium dioxide is related to poor gut health.
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  • Jonghan Kim in his lab

    New Study Aims to Predict Heart Toxicity When Patients Receive Chemo Drug

    Research by Assoc. Prof. Jonghan Kim of the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a study that will help to better predict the impact of doxorubicin on cancer patients’ hearts.
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  • Jacquie Moloney, Katy Tucker and Joe Hartman

    Katherine Tucker Receives Top Faculty Honor

    Prof. Katherine Tucker of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences was named the 2021 Distinguished University Professor, the highest accolade bestowed on a UMass Lowell faculty member for outstanding contributions to teaching, research and service.
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  • A female student wearing a masks holds a microphone and paper while speaking, while a man and a woman look on

    Local Biotech Startups Offer Students a Wealth of Internship Opportunities

    Students learned about internship opportunities at a dozen early-stage medical device and biotech startups during a networking event co-hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) and the UML student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
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  • UML pharmaceutical sciences major Christina Ciaramitaro in an Analytical Instrumentation class

    Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Combines Science and Business Classes

    The major in pharmaceutical sciences combines classes in biomedical sciences and business to prepare students for jobs in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Students can go on for advanced degrees in the same field – or an MBA.
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  • UML Asst. Prof. of Nutrition Sabrina Noel

    Nutrition Professor Finds Major Gaps in Bone Health Research

    Osteoporosis has been traditionally viewed as a disease of non-Hispanic white women, says Asst. Prof. Sabrina Noel. But the reality is more complicated, she says in a new paper that looks at inequities and gaps in the research.
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  • UML health sciences faculty tour the new Health Sciences Hub

    ‘Health Sciences Hub’ Offers Tutoring, Advising and More

    The new “Health Sciences Hub” in the Health and Social Sciences Building is a one-stop center for student success. It includes space for advising, tutoring, exam reviews, faculty and teaching assistant office hours, health sciences club meetings, interprofessional education and more.
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  • Chemistry Assoc. Teaching Prof. Khalilah Reddie talks to a student after an Organic Chemistry class

    MAGIC Helps Students Realize Medical School Dreams

    The MAGIC program, started by Chemistry Assoc. Teaching Prof. Khalilah Reddie, aims to close the health professions and medical school admissions gap for students from underrepresented groups, especially students of color, through tutoring and support. Students say MAGIC has improved their academics and their confidence, while providing them with a community.
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  • UML Assoc. Teaching Prof. JoAnn Moriarty-Baron teaches neurological rehabilitation

    Physical Therapy and Nutrition Students Learn About COVID Care

    Thanks to alumni and staff at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, N.H., nearly 130 students in physical therapy and nutritional science got an insider view into how a team of care professionals collaborated to care for COVID-19 patients. They learned some surprising things.
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  • Assoc. Vice Chancellor Julie Chen and her wife, Susu Wong, get vaccinated by Nursing Prof. Lisa Abdallah, who volunteers at Lowell General Hospital's vaccination clinic

    Should You Get Vaccinated?

    Starting April 19, anyone 16 years and older living in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Campus health experts and researchers recommend vaccination for everyone who can safely get the shot -- so that we can protect ourselves and others in our campus community.
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  • More than 100 UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff are volunteering at Lowell General Hospital's Mass Vaccination Program for COVID-19

    Health Sciences Students Volunteer at Lowell Vaccine Clinic

    More than 100 students in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences have volunteered to help out at Lowell General Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, which gives about 2,000 shots each day. In addition, some nursing students are earning clinical hours while giving vaccinations.
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  • Lab director Matthew Gage talks to student workers

    UML Takes COVID-19 Testing into its Own Hands

    The university has expanded its COVID-19 surveillance testing with the creation of an in-house test processing lab at Olney Science Center, where students are getting hands-on laboratory experience while helping to fight the pandemic.
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  • Jennifer Nicoloro is an Clinical Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science Program Director in the Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences department at UMass Lowell.

    Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends

    Clinical Assistant Prof. Jennifer Nicoloro, director of the university’s undergraduate medical laboratory sciences program, provided an interview to this career-planning website to share the professional opportunities available to people interested in the field.
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  • Global health researcher Timothy Ford is the new chair of the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences.

    Researcher Seeks Solutions to Global Health Crises

    Prof. Timothy Ford, the new chair of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, has extensive experience researching infectious diseases, from E. coli to cholera, in countries around the world. Ford says that global epidemics, including COVID-19, need global as well as local solutions.
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  • UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. of Public Health Serena Rajabiun

    Health Professors Target Improved Care for Black Women with HIV

    Asst. Prof. Serena Rajabiun and two other Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences professors are leading a $3.9 million federal grant to help HIV treatment centers improve care for Black women, who have higher infection rates and worse health outcomes because of poverty, stigma and structural racism.
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  • UMass Lowell medical lab science major Dannalee Watson rinses a slide she stained

    Help Wanted: Medical Lab Science Grads in Great Demand

    Even before COVID-19 testing overwhelmed hospital and public health laboratories, medical lab scientists, including those who graduate from UMass Lowell, were in great demand. Now their skills – analyzing lab samples and helping doctors to diagnose patients – are more sought after than ever.
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  • Clinical Health Sciences grad Lindsey Roberts '14 '19 is the new director of the lab at Lowell Community Health Center

    UML Alumni and Volunteers Help ‘Stop the Spread’ of COVID-19

    When two alumni now working at Lowell Community Health Center wanted volunteers for their “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 testing campaign this summer, they knew whom to call: their former professors in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.
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  • UML Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan demonstrates a mask that was certified after being tested at the Fabric Discovery Center

    Fabric Discovery Center Aids Hospitals and Companies with PPE Testing

    Thanks to a state grant, the university’s Fabric Discovery Center acquired equipment to test PPE that could be used to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Now, staff are conducting PPE testing for the state emergency management agency, hospitals, and regional companies that are ramping up to manufacture high-quality masks and gowns. And that’s just the beginning.
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  • Person with green gloves spraying a cleaning solution on a bathroom handle

    Disinfectants Can Kill the Coronavirus, but Can Also Harm Health

    With the coronavirus pandemic persisting, people may be tempted to increase the use of disinfectants to help stem the spread of the virus. But these products contain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered pesticides that can cause harm, especially if not used as directed.
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  • Chemistry Assoc. Prof. Matthew Gage

    University Awards Seed Grants for COVID-19 Research

    With the help of seed funding from the Office of Research and Innovation, faculty researchers from the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences will conduct studies designed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Shannon Kelleher in her lab in the Saab Center

    The Role of Zinc: It's More Important than You Think

    How zinc is distributed to tissues and cells is the root of Prof. Shannon Kelleher’s research, which aims to reveal the role that zinc plays in the development of inflammatory bowel disease and food allergies.
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  • Honors nursing major Marbella Leal '19 won the student MLK Distinguished Service Award

    King Celebration Recognizes Community Service

    This year’s winners of the university's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards have served the community through theater, community health research and volunteer work with homeless people and at-risk high school students.
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  • Healthy food in grocery cart

    Food for Thought: Experts Chew on Diet Fails

    Studies show that fad diets don't keep off weight in the long term. Faculty who are registered dietitians and students majoring in nutritional science share science-based advice to eat healthy for successful weight loss.
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  • Profs. Yuyu Sun and Nancy Goodyear working in the lab

    Researchers Develop Germ-killing Fabrics to Prevent Hospital Infections

    Chemistry Prof. Yuyu Sun and Assoc. Prof. Nancy Goodyear of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences are using N-halamine – a biocide with proven germ-killing property – to reduce the occupational burden of exposure by protecting the hospital staff from harmful microorganisms that can cause various infections. 
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  • Liam Fouhy, center poses with professor Sabrina Noel Feldeisen, left, and Lawrence Senior Center Executive Director Martha Velez.

    Grad Working to Improve Senior Life

    Nutritional Science student Liam Fouhy is part of a group partnering with Lawrence’s Council on Aging. Fouhy will pursue his MPH at UMass Lowell.
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  • Eggs

    How Many Eggs Are Too Many?

    Prof. Katherine Tucker was a co-author, with researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, on a study published in the March issue of the medical journal JAMA that found that the more eggs an individual consumes, the greater the risk for heart disease, stroke and overall mortality.
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  • public health students

    Reusable Bags are Green, but are They Clean?

    A team of public health students from the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, who are working at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) on their capstone project, found safer cleaning solutions for reusable bags.