News Makers 2016

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  • 04 - 21 - 16

    CRISPRainbow Uses Gene-Editing Technology to Track DNA in Live Cells

    Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Hanhui Ma, PhD, research specialist, have developed a new technology capable of tagging and tracking genomic loci in live cells.

    Headline and Global News

    Crazy Engineers

    Eureka Alert

    Science Daily

    Science Newsline Biology

    NH Voice

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

    Laboratory Equipment

  • 04 - 21 - 16

    Florida biotech AGTC plans growth of Cambridge offices this year

    A story about AGTC, a gene therapy company based in Gainesville, FL, opening an office in Cambridge references the MassBiologics South Coast facility as a primary reason for the move.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 04 - 21 - 16

    UMass Medical School celebrates Earth Day

    Suzanne Wood, sustainability and energy efficiency manager, explains how UMMS encourages sustainability among staff, faculty and students during the medical school’s Earth Day celebration.

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    8 Steps to Exodus from Your Bondage

    Machelle M. Seibel, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, offers eight tips for a healthy Passover.

    Atlanta Jewish Times

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    Participants in Massachusetts drug courts are overwhelmingly white

    Ira K. Packer, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry, is working with the Massachusetts trial courts to try to ascertain why participants in drug courts are predominantly white.

    Springfield Republican

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    Searching for reasons African-American men face increased risk of prostate cancer

    Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, chair and professor of urology,  explains that African-American and African men are more likely to develop life-threatening prostate cancer and thus, should be tested regularly.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 18 - 16

    Boston Marathon Runners Share Stories From the Finish Line

    Chris Benyo and his wife, Denise DiMarzo, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, competed in this year’s Boston Marathon to raise money for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund, which supports ALS research at UMass Medical School. Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is referenced in the story.


    WFXT Fox 25

    ALS News Today

  • 04 - 15 - 16

    Massive Monarch migrations. How do they know which way to go?

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology, discusses his new study, which sheds light on how monarch butterflies integrate various environmental clues in their brains in order to migrate thousands of miles to their overwintering grounds in Mexico.

    Christian Science Monitor

    Market Business News


    Maine News Online

    Washington News Wire

    The Independent

  • 04 - 15 - 16

    More and more doctors want to make marijuana legal

    An article about a group of physicians organizing nationally with the intent of legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana in the interest of public health includes comments from Peter Friedmann, MD, associate dean of research at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Health.

    Washington Post

  • 04 - 15 - 16

    Myth vs. Fact: Understanding what autism diagnosis means

    An op-ed by Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, explains what an autism diagnosis means for a family.

    Manchester Journal

  • 04 - 14 - 16

    Dr. Peter J. Jannetta, Pioneering Neurosurgeon on Facial Pain, Dies at 84

    Mark L. Shelton, associate vice chancellor of communications and author of Working in a Very Small Place: The Making of a Neurosurgeon, a 1989 book about neurosurgeon Peter J. Jannetta, MD, comments on Dr. Jannetta’s death and the innovative procedure he developed to relieve a devastating type of facial pain.

    New York Times

  • 04 - 13 - 16

    One Thing that Could Stop the Rise of Gene Editing: Insurance Companies

    Brian O’Sullivan, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in a story about the potential high cost of personalized medicine and the debate of about whether insurance companies should pay for these treatments.

    Mother Board

  • 04 - 11 - 16

    Bobbi Gibb has always run life her own way

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is reference in a feature story about marathon runner, neuroscientist and colleague Bobbi Gibb.

    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 11 - 16

    Cannabis could be used to treat male infertility

    Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, comments on the potential use of a cannabinoid receptor, called CB2, to help regulate the creation of sperm. 

    Scarborough News

    Bristol Post

  • 04 - 11 - 16

    Friday Feedback: Does Latest Trial Provide New HOPE for Statin Therapy?

    Ronald Adler, MD, FAAFP, associate professor of family medicine & community health, comments on a recent trial which showed that giving statins to people with some risk factors, but no evidence of cardiovascular disease, reduced major cardiovascular events including premature death.

    MedPage Today

  • 04 - 11 - 16

    Prana Recovery aids UMass opioid curriculum

    Prana Recovery Centers is supporting UMMS as it becomes the first medical school in the state to implement an opioid conscious curriculum for medical and advanced practice nursing students. PRC will invite people in recovery, who are willing, to share their stories with future physicians and nurse practitioners who are learning about the effects of opiate addiction.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 10 - 16

    The Next Page: Putting his life in the "best hands"

    An article about using cytoreduction combined with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC for short, to treat cancer tumors found in the abdominal cavity includes comments from Laura A. Lambert, MD, associate professor of surgery.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • 04 - 07 - 16

    A Rocky Start for Biosimilar Inflectra?

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about the biosimilar infliximab. Used to treat inflammatory disease, it is only the second biosimilar to be granted approval in the United States.

    MedPage Today

  • 04 - 07 - 16

    Bundled payments for joint replacement target a key quality measure: patient satisfaction

    In a letter to the editor, David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, and  Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, explain that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched one of its most significant experiments to cut costs, improve quality of care and improve value in health care when it introduced its first mandatory bundled-payment initiative on April 1, focusing on total hip and knee joint replacement.

    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 07 - 16

    Cocaine, alcohol combo linked to suicide risk

    A study by Edwin D. Boudreaux, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, suggests that concurrent use of cocaine and alcohol may increase the risk of suicide. 

    Business Standard

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