News Makers 2017

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  • 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

  • 05 - 01 - 17

    A CRISPR-Based Solution to the Problem of alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency

    An op-ed by  Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, looks at a potential CRISPR-based therapy for alpha1-Antityrpson Deficiency.

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 04 - 30 - 17

    As I See It: A chance to limit smoking in children

    An op-ed by Lynda M. Young MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, argues in favor of state legislation - S.1218 and H.2864 - that would raise the age at which tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, could be sold to people to 21.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 30 - 17

    WPI professor pioneers plant-based malaria treatment

    Malaria researcher Ann M. Moormann, PhD, MPH, associate professor of molecular medicine, is quoted in a story that looks at research exploring the use of  the plant Artemisia annua as a treatment for malaria.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 27 - 17

    Highmark Foundation honored for bullying prevention program

    Matthew Masiello, MD, MPHB, clinical professor of pediatrics, is quoted in a story about a Children’s Health Advocacy Dinner on bullying put on by Penn State Children’s Hospital.

    Carlisle Sentinel

  • 04 - 27 - 17

    Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Fills Loopholes in State and Federal Law

    Julia Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, gives an overview of some of the physically difficulties pregnant women may face in the workplace.

    BU News Service

  • 04 - 27 - 17

    Your Gut Bacteria May Effect Your Response to Chemotherapy Drugs

    Research by Marian Walhout, PhD, the Maroun Semaan Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of molecular medicine and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, shows that bacteria residing in your digestive tract, or your gut microbiota, may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy drugs.

    TechnologyNetworks.com

  • 04 - 26 - 17

    Fighting diphtheria: This old disease needs a new treatment

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics at UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how a new treatment for diphtheria developed at UMMS may help treat a disease that is making a global comeback.

    STAT News

  • 04 - 26 - 17

    Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs

    Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, comments on a genetic study that sheds light on the evolution of different dog breeds.

    The Scientist

    Science Magazine

  • 04 - 22 - 17

    Pregnant Workers Fairness Act fills loopholes in state, federal law

    Julia Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, gives an overview of some of the difficulties pregnant women may face, physically, in the workplace.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 21 - 17

    DNA's secret weapon against knots and tangles

    Job Dekker, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology,  explains how his groundbreaking work to map the 3D shape of the genome and his research into topologically associating domains is shedding new light on genetics and disease.

    Nature.com

  • 04 - 21 - 17

    Gene therapy 1.0 is a flop, but biotech isn’t worried

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, explains that gene therapy treatments have a bright future in commercialization.

    STAT News

  • 04 - 21 - 17

    House To Consider Amendments To $40.3 Billion State Budget

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins comments on a $3.4 million proposed budget amendment to help Baystate Health and UMass Medical School build out a new regional campus in Springfield.

    WAMC

    MassLive.com

  • 04 - 20 - 17

    After the March for Science, the fight must go on

    An op-ed co-written by Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, examines the value and need for funding basic science research.

    Boston Globe

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