News Makers 2012

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  • 06 - 30 - 12

    UMass Medical School helps women prepare for surgery

    John M. Castle, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery, talks about a new clinical trial at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that uses a remote-controlled device that will stretch skin for breast reconstruction after mastectomy so an implant can be put in place. The device is designed to replace the standard saline tissue expansion which requires weekly needle injections.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 29 - 12

    How Romneycare is like Obamacare on taxes

    A story about the differences in the individual mandates between the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts health reform references a study by the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMMS.
    Salon.com

  • 06 - 29 - 12

    Short stretches of piRNA evaluate cells' genetic history

    Research by Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, shows that piRNAs may be responsible for detecting foreign RNA—such as that carried by viruses -- relying on a complex search mechanism to reveal whether an invader is foreign based on prior gene activity.
    Science Codex

  • 06 - 28 - 12

    Cellucci fights ALS, raises money for research

    Former Gov. Paul Cellucci talks about his fundraising efforts for the UMass ALS Champion Fund. Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, are mentioned in the story.
    WCVB Boston
    MetroWest Daily News

  • 06 - 28 - 12

    Groundbreaking for new ER dept.

    John O'Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, and David Bennett, chairman of the UMass Memorial Health Care board of trustees, attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the new emergency department at Clinton Hospital.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 28 - 12

    Local reaction: The Affordable Care Act is upheld

    Jean C. Sullivan, JD, associate vice chancellor and director of the Center for Health Law and Economics, talks about the ramifications of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the affordable care act.
    Boston.com

  • 06 - 28 - 12

    UMass Announces Sale Of Home Health Care Business To VNA

    UMass Memorial Medical Center announced the sale its home-based health care services arm to VNA Care Network & Hospice. Stephen E. Tosi, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery and the chief medical officer for UMass Memorial Health Care, is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 27 - 12

    UMass researchers aim to use sensors to predict unhealthy behavior

    Sherry Lynn Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about a research grant project for mobile health-based sensors and interventions.
    Mobihealthnews

  • 06 - 26 - 12

    GEN TEN Saluted at BIO 2012

    Graduate student Seemin Seher Ahmed, M.S., and Post-doctoral scholar Wilfredo E. De Jesus-Monge, M.D., MSc., were among the honorees at the first GEN-sponsored GEN TEN Awards for the best primary research abstracts.
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 06 - 26 - 12

    RXi Pharmaceuticals Launches First Clinical Trial of RNAi Compound

    RXi Pharmaceuticals launched its first clinical trial of an RNAi compound which is designed to reduce or prevent skin scarring following trauma or surgery. Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is the company’s scientific founder.
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 06 - 26 - 12

    What You Need to Know About Helmet Safety

    Esther Borer, injury prevention coordinator at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s trauma center, is quoted in an article about bicycle accidents and the importance of wearing helmets.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 06 - 25 - 12

    Massachusetts health care reform enters new phase

    UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO John O’Brien is quoted in an article about the future of health care systems and how health reform is impacting UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 25 - 12

    Med schools start picturing their place in a medical home world

    Stephen T. Earls, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in a story about preparing the next generation of physicians to practice in patient-centered medical homes.
    Amednews.com

  • 06 - 24 - 12

    Bariatric Surgery Achieves Diabetes Type 2 Remission In 67% Of Cases

    Richard A. Perugini, MD, assistant professor of surgery, reports that a recent study showed 67 percent of patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery no longer needed medication to achieve proper control of elevated blood sugar.
    Medical News Today

  • 06 - 24 - 12

    Worcester competes for biotech

    Advocates for Central Massachusetts attribute the region’s strengths to the skilled labor force and academic resources at institutions such as UMass Medical School at last week’s Bio 2012. Rene Maehr, PhD, assistant professor of program in molecular medicine, participated in a panel discussion during the event.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 20 - 12

    First GEN TEN Awards for Outstanding Research Presented at BIO

    Seemin Seher Ahmed, M.S., and Wilfredo E. De Jesus-Monge, M.D., MSc., were among honorees at the first GEN-sponsored GEN TEN Awards for the best primary research abstracts.
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 06 - 20 - 12

    UMMS researcher Victor Ambros, Ph.D., named co-recipient of 2012 Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

    Longtime collaborators Victor R. Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine, and Gary B. Ruvkun, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, were awarded the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research by Johnson & Johnson for their co-discovery of microRNA (also known as miRNA), tiny molecules that are now understood to play a powerful role in gene expression and regulation. The award was announced during an event at the Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention in Boston.
    Mass High Tech
    Immortality Medicine
    Bio-Medicine
    World Medicine School
    IPS Cell Therapy
    Grays Medicine
    News-Medical.net
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 18 - 12

    Consumer Reports starts rating primary care practices

    Richard V. Aghababian, MD, professor of emergency medicine and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, talks about efforts by Consumer Reports for readers to rate their primary care physician practices.
    Amednews.com

  • 06 - 17 - 12

    Drug to combat overdose debated

    Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in an article about a state program that provides Naloxone to opiate addicts.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 15 - 12

    Fish Shed Light On Human Melanoma

    An article about using zebrafish to study melanoma includes research done by Craig Ceol, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine.
    Science Daily

  • 06 - 14 - 12

    Massachusetts life sciences initiative brings fewer jobs than expected

    An update on Gov. Patrick’s life sciences initiative and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center references the Sherman Center at UMass Medical School.
    Boston.com

  • 06 - 13 - 12

    Reproductive stage progression linked to worsening bipolar disorder

    Results from a study of women with bipolar disorder suggest that the illness may worsen with progression toward the later stages of reproductive life, according to lead researcher Wendy K. Marsh, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry.
    New-Medical.net

  • 06 - 13 - 12

    Sturbridge woman to head Women in Development of Greater Boston

    Megan Panek, senior major gifts officer, has been elected President of the Women in Development of Greater Boston, a nonprofit professional association dedicated to promoting the importance of philanthropy and supporting the advancement of women in the development profession.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 13 - 12

    UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center in breast reconstruction study

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center have started enrolling patients in a study that will use carbon dioxide, rather than saline, to stretch skin and tissue for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Healthcare Global

  • 06 - 13 - 12

    UMass Medical School scientist named 2012 Pew Latin-American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences

    An article on Juan I. Fuxman Bass, PhD, a post-doctoral scholar at UMass Medical School, being named a 2012 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences ran in more than two dozen media outlets across the country this week. Ten young scientists from Latin America were picked for the prestigious fellowship by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which provides support to help them pursue postdoctoral training in the United States and establish their own labs upon returning to their home countries.
    Bio-Medicine
    Phys.org
    WXVT.com
    The Sacramento Bee
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 13 - 12

    Will UMass Medical School Spawn Start-ups?

    Nate Hafer, director of operations for the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (UMCCTS) is interviewed by columnist Peter Cohan regarding the UMCCTS and why it could help generate start-ups in the Worcester area.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 11 - 12

    Researchers demonstrate iPhone camera can screen for atrial fibrillation

    David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, demonstrates a new smartphone application that can detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients. The app was developed by researchers at WPI and UMass Medical School.
    iMedicalApps.com

  • 06 - 11 - 12

    Stopping texting while driving in Worcester, Mass.

    Teen D.R.I.V.E. - Distracted Reality and Interactive Virtual Education – visits the YMCA in Worcester. The program is part of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Program. Mariann M. Manno, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine, and Francisca Turkson, injury prevention educator at UMass Memorial Medical Center, are quoted in the article.
    NECN.com

  • 06 - 10 - 12

    Medicine In 2022

    An article about the future of medical care includes comments from Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH, chair and professor of family medicine & community health, about the role a global payment system would have in improving care. Also quoted in the article is Richard Aghababian, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 08 - 12

    UMass Medical School & UMass Memorial Medical Center Lend a Hand (or 52!) at State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair

  • 06 - 07 - 12

    ‘Friends of Paul Cellucci’ to host ALS fundraiser

    Hudson residents will be holding a fundraiser on June 20th in honor of Former Gov. Paul Cellucci who was diagnosed nearly three years ago with ALS. Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Champion Fund.
    Community Advocate

  • 06 - 07 - 12

    How to Keep Your Teen Safe From the Sun

    Mary Elizabeth Maloney, MD, professor of medicine, offers advice on how to keep teens safe from the sun.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 06 - 07 - 12

    Most hospitals get an A for safety

    The nonprofit organization, Leapfrog Group grades local hospitals, including UMass Memorial Medical Center, on quality of safety.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 07 - 12

    New Hampshire Finds No Hospital Medicaid Cost Shifting

    Katharine London, MS, principal associate, Thomas Friedman, associate, Michael Grenier, senior associate and Paul Swoboda, senior associate research analytics, at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School, are working with the state of New Hampshire to find a suitable basic health care plan for low-income residents.
    LifeHealthPro

  • 06 - 06 - 12

    ‘Failure Matters’ Ellen Admits

  • 06 - 06 - 12

    Pregnancy complications not cut by omega-3s: study

    Tiffany Anne Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics, talks about a recent study which showed women who took fish oil supplements 20 weeks into pregnancy showed no significant benefits as a result.
    Reuters
    Fox News.com
    HealthNews

  • 06 - 05 - 12

    Liberia: 'Your Country Needs You - Be Proud to Be a Liberian,' President Sirleaf Tells Community At Town Hall Meeting in Massachusetts

    The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met with members of the Central Massachusetts Liberian community Saturday during a welcoming ceremony at UMass Medical School.
    AllAfrica.com

  • 06 - 05 - 12

    Worcester, Mass. aims to be healthiest city in US by 2020

    UMass Memorial Health Care is helping the city of Worcester launch a community health improvement initiative, which aims to make Worcester the healthiest city in the country by 2020. John O'Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, and Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, are quoted in the story.
    NECN.com
    GoLocalWorcester
    Shrewsbury Patch

  • 06 - 04 - 12

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gives commencement address at UMass Medical School

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, received an honorary degree at the UMass Worcester's 39th commencement ceremonies. Pictured in the article are Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 04 - 12

    UMass Memorial Health Care, union agree on three-year pact

    UFCW Local 1445 and UMass Memorial Health Care have agreed on a new three-year contract for the union’s members.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 06 - 04 - 12

    Worcester, Mass. aims to be healthiest city in US by 2020

    In a letter to the editor, a Fitchburg family who lost a loved one to cancer thanks her many caregivers and physicians including Vijay K. Kasturi, MD, assistant professor of medicine.
    Sentinel & Enterprise

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    Arturo's Fusion Sunday to benefit pancreatic cancer research

    The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance will host its third annual ‘Arturo’s Fusion Sunday,’ on June 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in front of Arturo’s Ristorante, 50 East Main St., Westborough. Proceeds will benefit research on pancreatic cancer at UMass Medical School in Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    MetroWest Daily News

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    Clinical drug trials challenging, rewarding

    Andrew Evens, DO, associate professor medicine, is quoted in an article about the importance of clinical trials for developing new cancer treatments and giving patients access to those treatments.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    College Town

    UMass Medical School is a co-sponsor of Destino Universidad, a collaborative effort among universities to provide Latino families with college planning resources.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    Liberian president hails peace

    The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met with members of the Central Massachusetts Liberian community Saturday during a welcoming ceremony at UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    Local companies win GROW awards

    UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care will receive certificates of nomination at the first annual Growing & Readying Our Workforce awards ceremony for going “above and beyond” in providing workplace experience for local youths.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    New phone app tracks heart rate

  • 06 - 03 - 12

    President Sirleaf Departs on 12-Day Visit to United States

    During a 12-day visit to the United States, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will visit Central Massachusetts and deliver the keynote address at UMass Worcester’s 39th Commencement ceremony.
    All Africa Global Media
    Individual.com

  • 06 - 02 - 12

    Liberia’s leader of hope

    An editorial in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette lauds Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, for her efforts to rebuild her war-torn country.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 02 - 12

    Wilmington High School holds driving safety program

    Teen D.R.I.V.E. - Distracted Reality and Interactive Virtual Education – visits Wilmington High School. The program is part of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Program.
    Wicked Local Wilmington
    Acton Patch