News Makers 2014

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  • 10 - 16 - 14

    UMass researchers expand use of light to treat cancer

    An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy. This promising new treatment strategy could expand the current use of photodynamic therapies to access deep-set cancer tumors.
    News Medical
    Med India
    Worcester Business Journal
    AZO Nano

  • 10 - 15 - 14

    Ebola survivor Richard Sacra: what we must do next

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, talks to Boston Magazine about how well-meaning efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are devastating the country’s health care system.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 15 - 14

    UMass researchers identify bipolar disorder genetic pathway

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders.
    Boston Globe
    WBUR (link unavailable)
    Medical News Today
    Worcester Business Journal
    Medical Xpress
    News Medical
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 13 - 14

    Broccoli compound shows promise for treating autism

    A small study led by Andrew Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, discovered that a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. 
    CBS News
    Science Alert
    Red Orbit
    Daily Digest
    Medical Xpress
    Science Recorder
    Medical Daily
    Fox News
    CBS Tampa

  • 10 - 09 - 14

    An Unforgettable Cry

    Stuart A. Weisberger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Alan Peter Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in an article about babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a term used to describe the cluster of symptoms which may be displayed by babies whose mothers used prescription or illegal opiates during pregnancy.  Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester's interim commissioner of public health, is also quoted in the article.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 10 - 09 - 14

    March of Dimes set to host Signature Chefs Auction

    Lynda M. Young, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, will receive the March of Dimes Community Leadership Award at the annual Central Massachusetts March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction scheduled for Oct. 20 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    A New Target for Controlling Inflammation?

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, co-authored an article providing a detailed overview of the multi-layered gene regulation systems that are activated when the immune system recognizes a pathogen or other external danger signal.
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food

    A new study from UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health finds that not having close access to healthy foods can discourage even the most motivated dieters. The study by Wenjun Li, PhD, et. al. was published online Oct. 7 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
    Psych Central
    Medical News Today
    Medical Xpress
    News Medical
    Zee News

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    How could technology help Latino’s manage diabetes?

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the high rate of Latinos who are at risk of developing diabetes.
    VOXII

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

    Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, associate professor of quantitative health sciences.
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    UMass professor receives $4.2M grant to study paternal link to disease

    Oliver Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has received one of 10 highly competitive NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, which challenge investigators to develop groundbreaking approaches in biomedical or behavioral science. Dr. Rando’s project, “Role for small RNAs in sperm in control of offspring metabolism,” will focus on how a father’s diet can influence the metabolism of his children. 
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 07 - 14

    Coordinated Telehealth Is Key to Health Care’s New Normal

    An op-ed about efficiency in the health care industry references a recent study lead by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, which found that patients who received their ICU care as part of an eICU program were 26 percent more likely to survive the ICU and 16 percent more likely to survive hospitalization and be discharged. 
    US News & World Report

  • 10 - 04 - 14

    Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly Revealed

    An article about a recently published paper in Nature about Monarch butterflies.  The paper was coauthored by Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology.
    Science Codex
    Science Newsline
    Lab Product News

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    Down syndrome: what is the current focus of research?

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, talks about her research discovery that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome known as trisomy 21 could potentially be “switched off”. 
    Medical News Today

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    Monitoring "Developmental Milestones" in Kids

    Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA, instructor in family medicine & community health, joined NECN to discuss her work with the Centers for Disease Control and the Boston Children’s Museum to help parents track and celebrate developmental milestones in kids.
    NECN
    Comcast Sportsnet

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    What good is basic research?

    An op-ed written by Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell & developmental biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, explains how basic science discoveries made in Worcester have aided the quest to find a cure for Ebola and why funding for basic scientific research is critical.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 02 - 14

    "Of course I was concerned that I might die"

    A healthy but tired Rick Sacra, MD, read a statement and took questions at a press conference at UMass Medical School on Sept. 26, confirming that he likely contracted Ebola while caring for patients at ELWA Hospital in Liberia.
    The Landmark
    USA Today

  • 10 - 02 - 14

    Quest Diagnostics Unveils New State-of-the-Art Clinical Laboratory in Marlborough, Massachusetts

    Quest Diagnostics unveiled its new state-of-the-art clinical test laboratory in Marlborough.  About a dozen physicians and medical faculty employed by UMass Memorial Medical Group and the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide scientific leadership for several facets of laboratory testing for the Marlborough lab. They will also counsel the region's physicians in the selection and interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, collaborate on R&D, and assist with residency programs onsite for the University's medical students.
    Market Watch

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    A new target for controlling inflammation? Long non-coding RNAs fine-tune the immune system

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, co-authored a review article providing a detailed overview of the multi-layered gene regulation systems that are activated when the immune system recognizes a pathogen or other external danger signal.
    Medical Xpress
    Latinos Health

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Dr. DeBenedectis Discusses Breast Cancer Prevention with Senator

    Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, assistant professor of radiology was recently interviewed by Senator Harriette Chandler on Worcester Cable TV on Beacon Hill Chat.
    WCCATV Beacon Hill Chat

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Nuclear Cartography

    Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks about mapping long-range DNA interactions as part of the ENCODE project.
    The Scientist

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Suicide prevention gathering at Smith College

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UMMS Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety, spoke to 22 News about a program on suicide prevention being held at Smith College.
    WWLP 22 News