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UMass Medical School receives $10M gift for rare-diseases research
A new institute for rare-diseases research at UMass Medical School will build on the school’s already substantial accomplishments in the fields of gene therapy, RNA biology and RNAi technology to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics for a host of disorders, Chancellor Michael F. Collins said.
The Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, supported by a $10 million endowment gift from the Li Weibo Charitable Foundation in China, will be home to existing faculty whose expertise has led to profound discoveries related to diseases such as ALS, cystic fibrosis, Canavan disease, Rett syndrome, Huntington’s disease, fragile X syndrome, CDKL5 disorder and others.
“At UMass Medical School, our scientists and physician–investigators have long been committed to discovering life-changing treatments and cures for these diseases,” Collins said. “This generous gift from the Li Weibo Charitable Foundation will allow us to expand on our discoveries, bringing research support and hope for people around the world.”
The $10 million gift is one of the largest charitable donations to UMass Medical School in its history. Additionally, Li Weibo is contributing $750,000 to establish an annual scholarship for up to five doctoral students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Judge to deliver annual Candace Allen Scola Memorial Lecture at Worcester State
Judge Michael G. Allard-Madaus will speak on “Recovery Court and Its Influence on Family Wellness” at the annual Candace Allen Scola Memorial Lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Worcester State.
In 2015, Madaus initiated the Worcester Recovery Court at the Worcester District Court, where he presides, to deal with the many issues that addiction brings. One goal is to reduce family crises, including domestic violence. In this and other ways, he has shown a history of concern about reducing domestic violence that is in keeping with the spirit of the Candace Allen Scola Memorial lecture series.
Scola was a Worcester State student majoring in elementary education who was stabbed to death in her Worcester-area home in 2002. No one has been indicted for this murder. The lecture, which will be held in the banquet hall of the May Street Building, is offered annually in Allen Scola’s memory and is free and open to the public.
Clark, Stone Soup host talks with Cuban educator, producer
Popular Cuban educator, media producer and poet Marcel Lueiro Reyes will speak on Tuesday at Clark University and take part in a discussion at Stone Soup, 4 King St.
Reyes is a specialist in the fields of popular communication, culture and the arts in Cuba. His poetry collections have won national literary prizes. He has traveled to many countries as both a popular educator and a journalist, and will focus on community-based experiences in the struggle to create a more inclusive and democratic socialism.
Marcel is eager to discuss the perception of U.S. policies on the island as well as the influence of people from America on aspects of Cuban life such as baseball, music and film. Join us!
Reyes will speak at Dana Commons at Clark, at 10 a.m. He will then join a lunch discussion at Stone Soup at noon.
Syrian speaker to address Clark symposium on children and mass violence
The Clark University Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host an academic symposium, “Children and Mass Violence,” Oct 19 and 20. Experts at the symposium will explore the traumatic impact of mass violence on the most vulnerable segment of society — children, teens and young adults.
The conference will open with a free, public keynote lecture, “Stories from Syria’s Children: Growing Up in the Age of Genocide and Displacement,” by Lina Sergie Attar, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons.
Attar is the co-founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, a nonprofit organization on a mission to build a better future for Syria. Her personal talk about the Syrian humanitarian crisis and its devastating toll on children will describe living through the deep layers of unimaginable loss when conflict hits home, and explores innovative and meaningful ways to nurture hope in a time of despair.
“The modern history of human rights is closely linked to the genocides of the 20th century,” writes Mary Jane Rein, executive director of the Strassler Center. “Expanding human rights education will strengthen knowledge about individual genocides and will provide a theoretical framework that deepens appreciation for similarities and differences.”
The symposium is open to the public by reservation. Contact Robyn Conroy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New dispute resolution legal firm opens in Worcester
Worcester attorneys Francis J. Russell and Russell P. Schwartz have announced the formation of Y.Litigate, a dispute resolution services practice, at 300 and 370 Main St., Worcester.
The firm provides alternatives to litigating legal matters, including divorce, child custody, estate settlements and contract disputes, through the court system. Key areas of service include conciliation, adjudication and mediation.
“This came together because we recognized the need to expedite the current dispute resolution process in a cost-effective, quality way,” said Schwartz, adding that there is often a high emotional and financial cost associated with going through the court system.
Russell and Schwartz have more than 60 cumulative years of experience practicing law.
You Inc. posts support group openings to help middle school girls
You Inc. has openings in its support group for middle school girls ages 11-14.
The “Acquiring Strength to Change and Empower through New Discoveries” (ASCEND) program offers a safe, supportive after-school environment; provides intensive therapeutic support from trained clinicians; and includes innovative groups and activities in which girls have an opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other girls. Group topics include conflict resolution, trust, personal values and self-confidence.
The group meets 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 81 Plantation St., and is open to all insurance plans.
For more information contact Vilmary Lopez at 508-849-5600, ext. 354.