News Makers 2011

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  • 01 - 31 - 11

    Boston Globe: Health benefits of practicing mindfulness techniques references the Center for Mindfulness

    A look at the health benefits of practicing mindfulness techniques reference the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

  • 01 - 31 - 11

    Medical News Today: Neil Aronin comments in story about a UMMS partnership with Lundbeck

    A story about a UMMS partnership with Lundbeck to explore the use of RNAi technology to slow or even stop the progression of Huntington disease includes comments from principal investigator Neil Aronin, MD, professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology. 

  • 01 - 31 - 11

    MedIndia: Steven Reppert, MD talks about his new research examining how migratory butterflies us 'GPS' for guidance

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, talks about his new research examining how migratory monarch butterflies use an internal compass and skylight cues to navigate from eastern North America to Mexico each fall. 

  • 01 - 31 - 11

    T&G: Kola A. Akindele becomes new Community Relations Associate

    Kola A. Akindele joins the University of Massachusetts Medical School as community relations associate in the department of community and government relations.

  • 01 - 27 - 11

    Business Wire: Lundbeck and UMMS to Evaluate RNAi-Based Drug for Huntington Disease

    Articles about a UMMS partnership with Lundbeck to explore the use of RNAi technology to slow or even stop the progression of Huntington disease includes comments from principal investigator Neil Aronin, MD, professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology.

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News – Lundbeck and UMMS to Evaluate RNAi-Based Drug for Huntington Disease

    Business Wire – UMMS and Lundbeck Enter Collaboration to Explore Potential Targeted Therapy for Huntington’s Disease sed Drug for Huntington Disease 

  • 01 - 27 - 11

    SiFy News: Steven Reppert, MD talks about how migratory butterflies use 'compass and sunlight' to find their way

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, talks about his new research examining how migratory monarch butterflies use an internal compass and skylight cues to navigate from eastern North America to Mexico each fall. 

  • 01 - 21 - 11

    Boston Globe: Thomas Houston II's research helps more patients.

    New research by Thomas Houston II, MD, MPH, professor of quantitative health sciences and medicine, found that pre-recorded videos of hypertension patients talking about their medical histories helped another group of patients with high blood pressure to control their condition over several months.

    United Press International - Patients' story helps lower blood pressure

  • 01 - 21 - 11

    Westborough News: Richard V. Aghababian and Jorge L. Yarzebski mentioned in article about teaching trip to the Dominican Republic

    A story about the international outreach efforts of the Westborough Rotary Club features a recent teaching trip to the Dominican Republic by a group of UMMS faculty and mentions Richard V. Aghababian, MD, professor of emergency medicine, and Jorge L. Yarzebski, MD, MPH, research associate professor of medicine. The trip was also highlighted on UMassMedNow. 

  • 01 - 19 - 11

    T&G: Jennifer M. MacDonald receives Young Leader, Visions Community Award

    MD/PhD student Jennifer M. MacDonaldreceives Young Leader, Visions Community Award from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for her volunteer work setting up two free clinics in Worcester and as an on-call responder for the American Red Cross. Also quoted in the article is Ms. MacDonald’s faculty advisor Marc R. Freeman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette – January 31, 2011 - An editorial about the Telegram & Gazette’s Visions community awards mentions MD/PhD student Jennifer M. MacDonald, who received the 2011 Young Leader award, and Mary C. DeFeudis, who received the Isaiah Thomas Award. 

  • 01 - 19 - 11

    USA Today: Donna Ambrosino is quoted in story about liver patients receiving experimental drug to prevent Hepatitis C infection

    MassBiologics has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial testing the ability of a human monoclonal antibody to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection of a donor liver in transplant patients. Donna Ambrosino, MD, executive director of MassBiologics and a professor of pediatrics, is quoted

    Science Daily – First Liver Transplant Patients Receive Experimental Drug to Prevent Hepatitis C Infection
    MedicalNewsToday – Phase 2 Clinical Trial Begins For Liver Transplant Patients
    The Medical News – UMMS begins MBL-HCV1 Phase 2 trial to prevent hepatitis C virus infection in liver transplant patients 
    Health Canal – UMMS starts phase 2 clinical trial begins for a novel monoclonal antibody 

  • 01 - 18 - 11

    MedPage Today: Romolo J. Gaspari's research shows high failure rate in needle aspiration of skin abscesses

    New research by Romolo J. Gaspari, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, shows that ultrasonographically guided needle aspiration -- a minimally invasive treatment for uncomplicated superficial skin abscesses -- has a failure rate of almost three in four. 

  • 01 - 18 - 11

    T&G: Deborah L. Plummer champions diversity during her keynote address at the MLK breakfast

    Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity, champions diversity in the community during her keynote address at the 26th annual MLK Worcester County Community breakfast 

  • 01 - 18 - 11

    Time: Thomas Houston II's research on how story-telling may help to lower blood pressure in African-Americans

    New research by Thomas Houston II, MD, MPH, professor of quantitative health sciences and medicine, found that pre-recorded videos of hypertension patients talking about their medical histories helped another group of patients with high blood pressure to control their condition over several months. 

    Reuters: Storytelling" found to aid blood pressure control 
    HeartWire: Hypertension success stories boost BP control
    EurekaAlert: Storytelling may help control blood pressure in African-Americans

  • 01 - 18 - 11

    USA Today: Jeffrey L. Geller calls for mandatory reporting laws for people suffering from psychosis

    In the wake of the Arizona shootings, an op-ed by Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, calls for mandatory reporting laws for people suffering from psychosis. 

  • 01 - 17 - 11

    T&G: Deborah L. Plummer explains how interracial friendships are the key to chipping away at racism

    Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity and keynote speaker at the 26th annual MLK Worcester County Community breakfast, explains how interracial friendships are the key to chipping away at racism and how her parents taught her to celebrate diversity.

  • 01 - 16 - 11

    T&G: Mary DeFeudis recipient of Isaiah Thomas Citizen of the Year Award

    Mary DeFeudis, chairwoman of the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Development Council and a champion for the Medical School, is named recipient of the Telegram & Gazette's Isaiah Thomas Citizen of the Year Award. Among the 2011 Telegram and Gazette’s Vision Award winners is MD/PhD student Jennifer M. MacDonald, who received the Young Leader Award. 

  • 01 - 14 - 11

    T&G: Caret selected as new UMass president

    The Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts has named Robert L. Caret, PhD, president of the five-campus university system. Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, comments that UMass Medical School has a growing academic health center enterprise and looks forward to working with President Caret.

  • 01 - 14 - 11

    T&G: Deborah L. Plummer keynote speaker at MLK event

    Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity, is the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Community Breakfast to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday. 

  • 01 - 13 - 11

    Philadelphia Daily News: Darshak M. Sanghavi on NBC’s "Today" show

    A story about research showing that one-third of American babies are either overweight or obese at as young as 9 months references an appearance by Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, on NBC’s "Today" show. 

  • 01 - 13 - 11

    RedOrbit: Highlights new research by David McManus

    New research by David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, identifies changing trends in acute myocardial infarction and resulting decreases in death rates. Some Heart Attack Rates Declining And Survival Improving

  • 01 - 13 - 11

    Science: Carlos Lois comments on new research using transgenic chickens

    Carlos Lois, PhD, associate professor in neurobiology, comments on new research using transgenic chickens that can't pass on avian influenza. 

  • 01 - 12 - 11

    T&G: Clark forum slated to examine future steps to combat AIDS

    A story about an upcoming forum on the future of AIDS research references the role John L. Sullivan, MD, vice provost for research, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, played in developing a drug that could stop the transmission of HIV from an infected mother to her unborn child.

  • 01 - 12 - 11

    Worcester Business Journal: Kola A. Akindele joins the UMMS

    Kola A. Akindele joins the University of Massachusetts Medical School as community relations associate in the department of community and government relations. 

  • 01 - 11 - 11

    T&G: Public health official chosen

    B. Dale Magee, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, has been named the new public health commissioner for the city of Worcester. 

  • 01 - 11 - 11

    T&G: Web developer Matthew Cory on net neutrality

    In an op-ed, Matthew Cory, a web developer with the UMMS Center for Outcomes Research, explains how “net neutrality” protects Internet users 

  • 01 - 10 - 11

    NECN: Richard P. Moser on Giffords' injuries

    In the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, Richard P. Moser, MD, professor of surgery and radiation oncology, talks about gun-related head injuries. 

  • 01 - 10 - 11

    T&G: Jeffrey L. Geller comments in article about firefighters

    An article about firefighters intentionally setting fires includes comment from Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry.

  • 01 - 09 - 11

    T&G: Terence Flotte Interviewed about helpers preparing to return to Haiti

    A front-page story about the ongoing need for aid in Haiti one year after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake includes an interview with Terence R. Flotte, who will make his third trip to the country next week. Dr. Flotte is working with a group convened by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help sustain the medical school in Port au Prince.

  • 01 - 05 - 11

    NBC Today Show: Darshak M. Sanghavi's talks about a study regarding child obesity

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, talks to Matt Lauer about a new study regarding obesity in infants and offers some practical advice for parents while cautioning them against restricting their baby’s diet. 

  • 01 - 04 - 11

    PsychCentral: Joanne Nicholson asks: Should You Tell Your Kids about Your Mental Illness?

    Joanne Nicholson, PhD, professor of psychiatry and family medicine & community health, discusses broaching the topic of mental illness with your children. 

  • 01 - 04 - 11

    WGBH Radio: Michael P. Hirsh talks about Goods for Guns program

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Surgery & Trauma, was interviewed live on the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH Radio 89.7 about the annual Goods for Guns program.

  • 01 - 03 - 11

    Boston Globe: Joanne Nicholson offers 11 healthy resolutions for 2011

    A story suggesting 11 New Year’s resolutions for 2011 includes quotes from Joanne Nicholson’s, PhD, professor of psychiatry and family medicine & community health, who recommends focusing on family this year. 

  • 01 - 02 - 11

    Boston Globe: Sherman Center listed as part of 2011 construction projects

    A story about construction projects slated for 2011 includes a photo of the Sherman Center construction site.

  • 01 - 02 - 11

    MetroWest Daily News: Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, references an op-ed about health cost transparency

    An editorial about spiraling health care costs references an op-ed about health cost transparency by Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, originally published in the Telegram and Gazette.

  • 01 - 02 - 11

    T&G: Joanne Nicholson offers tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions

    Joanne Nicholson, PhD, professor of psychiatry and family medicine & community health, offers tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.