News Makers 2017

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  • 06 - 12 - 17

    Bitter taste receptors may help prevent preterm labour contractions

    Research by Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, found bitter taste receptors on the uterine wall, suggesting they may play a part in  preterm labor.

    Deccan Chronicle

  • 06 - 12 - 17

    New Autism Drug Shows Promising Results

    Andrew Walter Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, comments on a promising new drug for ASD.

    HealthLine

  • 06 - 09 - 17

    UMass won 58 patents in 2016, ranking 36th worldwide

    UMass Medical School received 32 patents in 2016, leading the five-campus system.

    MassLive.com

  • 06 - 07 - 17

    Lyme Disease Prevention Drug In Development At UMass Medical School

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted Lyme disease infection, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.

    Vermont Public Radio

    Fox-25 TV Boston

  • 06 - 04 - 17

    Doctor calls on UMass Med School grads to find contribution

    UMMS awarded 253 degrees at its 44th annual commencement exercises. Chancellor Michael F. Collins and graduating School of Medicine students Kasey Hebert, MD; Joseph Young, MD; Tyler Mehegan, MD; Alexander Boardman, MD; Brian Quattrochi, MD, PhD; and Graduating School of Nursing students Naomi Pappas, MS, and Anthony Bueno, MS, were quoted in the story.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 01 - 17

    Worcester schools add laundry to its offerings

    UMMS will help finance the addition of clothes washers and dryers to select Worcester Public Schools. Kola Akindele, senior director of community and government relations, was quoted in the story.

    Worester Telegram & Gazette

    WBUR (link not available)

    Boston Magazine

  • 05 - 30 - 17

    7 Things That Will Happen If 14 Million More People Are Uninsured Next Year

    Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP, professor of quantitative health sciences, is quoted in a story about the potential ramifications of the ACA repeal on treatment for opioid use disorder.

    Huffington Post

  • 05 - 20 - 17

    A New Treatment Approach May PERK Up the ALS Pipeline

    Research by Daryl A. Bosco, PhD, associate professor of neurology, is referenced in a story about whether trazodone or DBM would be worth trying as a treatment if translational repression of RNA does indeed occur in ALS model mice.

    ALS Research Forum

  • 05 - 20 - 17

    End-of-life care focus of UMass Memorial training program

    Retired Associate Chief Nurse Cathy Jewell; Jennifer Reidy, MD, MS, FAAHPM, assistant professor of family medicine & community health; Jessica Roy, RN; Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health; Nancy Bennet, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine; and Kim D. Houde, MD, MS, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, are referenced in an article about the Palliative Care Scholar Program in which nurses prepare for Hospice and Palliative Care Credentialing Center certification.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 19 - 17

    Mexiletine Alleviates Key Source of Muscle Pain in ALS

    Research by Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, and Chris Mueller, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, is referenced in a story about gene therapy treatments for ALS.

    ALS Research Forum

  • 05 - 19 - 17

    Tick Population Boom Could Mean Bad Year For Lyme Disease

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted Lyme disease infection, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.

    CBS-TV, Channel 2 New York

    New Hampshire Public Radio

    New Hampshire Public Radio

  • 05 - 18 - 17

    Mass Medical School receives $100K to start data center

    David D. McManus, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Silvia Corvera, MD, the Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research and professor of molecular medicine and cell & developmental biology, received $100,000 from the UMass President’s Office to form the Center for Data Driven Discovery and HealthCare (D3 Health).

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 18 - 17

    Survey: 62% hesitant to discuss end of life care

    While many people understand the importance of discussing end-of-life care, only about 35 percent have actually had those discussions with loved ones, according to a report co-authored by Melissa Clark, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences and director of research and evaluation at Commonwealth Medicine. Julie Flahive, MS, biostastician, and Sharina Person, PhD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, helped prepare the report.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 05 - 13 - 17

    ‘29 Who Shine’ honored

    Graduate School of Nursing student Nicholas Merry, RN, has been named one of the “29 Who Shine” in the commonwealth’s public higher education system. Each Massachusetts community college, state university and UMass campus picks one student annually to receive the award, based on his or her outstanding civic contribution.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 13 - 17

    Clive McFarlane: 15-year-old student on fast track to science career

    An op-ed about Aarushi Pendharkar, daughter of Jyothi Ananth Pendharkar, a research coordinator in the Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine, references her work in the lab of Gang Han, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 12 - 17

    Local Researchers On Brink Of Treatment To Prevent Lyme Disease

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted Lyme disease infection, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 05 - 12 - 17

    Study: Screening And Follow-Up Care Reduce Suicide Attempts Among ER Patients

    A study by Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, vice chair and professor of emergency medicine and professor of psychiatry and quantitative health sciences, found that a combination of brief interventions administered during and after an emergency department visit can decrease suicidal behavior among at-risk patients following the emergency room visit.

    WBUR

  • 05 - 11 - 17

    Vibrating mattress could help babies born dependent on opioids

    Elisabeth Salisbury, PhD, research associate professor of pediatrics, is investigating how a mattress device designed to deliver a small amount of therapeutic vibration could alleviate symptoms associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

    CBS Newspather

    CBS Philly

    WCAX-TV Burlington, VT

    WYMT-TV Kentucky

  • 05 - 09 - 17

    Med schools to teach how to discuss patients’ goals for care — and for life

    A study by Melissa Clark, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences and director of research and evaluation at Commonwealth Medicine; Sharina Person, PhD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences; and Julie Flahive, MS, a biostatistician for the Massachusetts Coalition of Serious Illness Care, found that if you want your end-of-life-care wishes followed, you should talk about it in advance with your loved ones and doctor.

    Boston Globe

    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 05 - 08 - 17

    New blood: Baystate Health, UMass Medical School to welcome 25 students

    Part of the focus of the Population-Based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) program, which will be based at the new regional campus in Springfield, is to increase the number of students over time from the western part of the state.

    Greenfield Recorder

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