NIH Grant Supports Medical Device Development

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint partnership between our Medical School and UMass Lowell that helps medical-device and biotech startups bridge the gap between idea and market, has received a $7.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to commence the Center for Advancing Point-of-Care Technologies (CAPCaT) to support inventors with new ideas and promising new point-of-care devices and technologies for patients with heart, lung, blood and sleeping disorders. Innovations aim to help patients better manage their well-being wherever they are, lower inpatient hospital stays and improve quality of life. David McManus, MD, director of our atrial fibrillation treatment program and co-leader of the project, said the center will “help transform the regional economy and enhance care and outcomes for patients.” Read more.

Dr. Pukkila-Worley Investigates Immune Defense Mechanisms

Dr. Pukklia-Worley

Through a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, infectious disease, will advance the understanding of how intestinal epithelial cells —the cells that line the intestine — recognize when we are under attack by bacterial pathogens. His research focuses on how these cells distinguish between the beneficial microbes always present in our intestinal tracts and ingested pathogens. “My hope is that advances in our understanding of immune defense mechanisms will lead to the discovery of new therapies that can benefit patients at risk for bacterial infections,” said Dr. Pukkila-Worley. Read article.

Join National Institutes of Health Grant Writing Workshop

Want to learn more about grant writing? Joan Lakoski, PhD, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and Robert Milner, PhD, associate vice provost for professional development, invite you to agrant writing workshop, Wednesday, May 10, University Campus. Learn how to choose an appropriate type of award, submit and write a grant proposal, and write an effective specific aims page. See the flyer for more information or email Susan Tremallo using the subject line: Grant Writing.