News Makers 2013

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  • 05 - 31 - 13

    Study Aims to Address Needs of Changing Demographics

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School will work with the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative on a project geared to providing a more aging-friendly environment for the elderly population on Martha’s Vineyard.
    Vineyard Gazette

  • 05 - 31 - 13

    Worcester residents stay cool in extreme heat

    UMass Memorial Medical Center EMS Deputy Chief Michael Hunter talks to New England Cable News about the need to hydrate in hot weather.
    NECN

  • 05 - 30 - 13

    EVENT PREVIEW: Sharon Timlin 5K June 15

    The 10th Annual Sharon Timlin Race will be held in Hopkinton on June 15th. Proceeds will benefit the Cecil B. Day Laboratory at UMMS to support ALS research.
    Wicked Local Hopkington

  • 05 - 30 - 13

    Health Watch Poison Ivy Extended

    Carolyn Keiper, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, discusses poison ivy for a recent Charter TV3 Health Watch segment.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 30 - 13

    Newborn Screening Leader from UMass Medical School Receives Prestigious Award

    Anne Marie Comeau, PhD, deputy director of the New England Newborn Screening Program and professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the 2013 Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening. Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine is quoted in the article.
    Business Wire
    Fort Mill Times

  • 05 - 29 - 13

    Auburn Parzych twins follow successful paths together

    Twin sisters Julia and Lydia Parzych, School of Medicine class of 2013, talk to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette about their pending graduation from medical school on Sunday, June 2, and the prospect of pursuing different academic paths for the first time in 28 years.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 29 - 13

    Bikini season and the effect on body image

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, joins NECN’s Morning Show to talk about the effects of fat-shaming and body image.
    New England Cable News

  • 05 - 29 - 13

    The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

    Craig J. Ceol, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, has been named a 2013 Kimmel Scholar Award by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research.
    Times Union

  • 05 - 29 - 13

    WSP Project for UMass Medical School Wins Award From the New England Chapter of CMAA

    The Albert Sherman Center has been named “Project of the Year” in its size category by the New England Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
    Citybizlist.com
    Boston Business Journal

  • 05 - 28 - 13

    Depending on Cigarette Taxes

    An article on states dependencies on the added tax revenue generated by the cigarette excise tax includes comments from Denise Jolicoeur, program director for the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control.
    NACS Online

  • 05 - 26 - 13

    Confident Worcester leaders solicit ideas for development

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell & developmental biology, took part in a forum last week on ways to improve Worcester's competitiveness. The meeting was held by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 26 - 13

    Medical school launches online course for parents of children with autism

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has produced an online course that helps parents understand behavioral intervention, an evidence-based program designed to help people with autism. Maura Buckley, program manager, is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 25 - 13

    John Monfredo: Making Worcester “The City That Reads”

    UMass Medical School participated in Worcester’s “Give A Book” Drive to assist local children and to raise awareness of the importance of literacy.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 05 - 25 - 13

    Polaris Awarded NCI Grant to Develop Oncology Survivor Transition System

    Polaris Health Directions has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to begin building an innovative system that will create tailored survivorship plans for cancer patients in remission.
    PR.com

  • 05 - 25 - 13

    State ALS registry to be named after former Gov. Cellucci

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci, who helped launch the UMass ALS Champion Fund two years ago after disclosing his own diagnosis with the disease, is “honored and humbled” by the state Senate vote to name the state ALS registry after him.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Boston Herald

  • 05 - 23 - 13

    Dr. Wayne B. Glazier is recognized among Castle Connolly's Top Doctors® for Worcester, MA region in 2013.

    Wayne B. Glazier, MD, clinical assistant professor of urology, has been named a Regional Top Doctor for 2013 by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
    Heraldonline.com

  • 05 - 23 - 13

    Health Watch Genetic Counseling

    Jilliane Sotelo, MS, LCGC, instructor in pediatrics, discusses the field of genetic counseling.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 23 - 13

    Health Watch Weight Center Extended

    Mitchell Jay Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, talks about making the decision for weight loss surgery and the different types of procedures offered at UMass Memorial.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 23 - 13

    Making strides for mental health

    Fidelity Bank has hosted two fundraisers to benefit mental health research at the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare’s Department of Psychiatry in Worcester, as well as for continued awareness and education programming in Central Massachusetts.
    Leominster Champion

  • 05 - 20 - 13

    Giving up cushy gigs to save lives in mid-air

    Joshua Sparks, critical care paramedic, and Ed Shoemaker, helicopter pilot, for UMass Memorial's Life Flight team, talk to Fortune about providing critical care to trauma patients in a helicopter.
    Fortune.com

  • 05 - 20 - 13

    How Does Weight Affect Joint Health?

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, joins fellow experts for a panel on joint health.
    Everydayhealth.com

  • 05 - 20 - 13

    Study: ADHD In Childhood Linked To Obesity In Adulthood

    Study: ADHD In Childhood Linked To Obesity In Adulthood

  • 05 - 20 - 13

    UMass student trustees seek state budget that would avoid tuition, fee hikes

    University of Massachusetts student trustees called on the Senate to approve a $478 million funding proposal from Governor Deval Patrick. The student trustees are Jennifer Healy, of UMass Amherst; Alexis Marvel, of UMass Boston; Joshua Encarnacion, of UMass Dartmouth; Phillip J. Geoffroy, of UMass Lowell; and Brian Quattrochi, UMass Worcester. University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is quoted in the story.
    Masslive.com

  • 05 - 19 - 13

    A renewed focus on family medicine

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD; Ronald N. Adler, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health; and Elise M. Bognanno, fourth year medical student, are featured in an article about the shortage of primary care physicians and how UMass Medical School is combating the problem.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 19 - 13

    Business People

    Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor in family medicine & community health, was elected vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 19 - 13

    Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor in family medicine & community health, was elected vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    An internationally recognized expert in viruses, Robert W. Finberg, MD, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair and professor of medicine and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, is quoted in an article about a recent study that details an innovative method of using the genetic code of a flu virus to quickly design its vaccine.
    Boston Globe
    iHealth Beat
    Popular Science
    Device.com

  • 05 - 19 - 13

    Heart implants found to be effective

    Patients from UMass Memorial Health Care were part of a study which found that cardiac defibrillators implanted in patients at high risk for heart attack proved effective in predicting heart attacks.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 19 - 13

    Mergers likely to continue in behavioral care

    An article about the possibility of smaller behavioral health providers merging due to financial constraints mentions UMass Memorial Health Care as an example of consolidation in the health care industry.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 16 - 13

    Heart failure patients living longer, but long-term survival still low

    A new study by cardiac fellow Samuel W. Joffe, M.D., shows that people hospitalized for acute heart failure are likely to survive longer compared to the prior decade but overall, long-term survival rates remain low.
    Medical Xpress

  • 05 - 15 - 13

    Scientific Design, Development of Polaris’s Oncology Distress Management System Published in Contemporary Clinical Trials

    Researchers at UMass Medical School were part of a trial for an oncology distress management system that assessed its clinical compatibility and utility.
    PR.com

  • 05 - 15 - 13

    Sustainability at UMass Medical School

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD; John Baker, associate vice chancellor of facilities; Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager; Tina Fortier, research associate cancer biology, 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, are featured in a video about the Growing Green sustainability program at UMass Medical School.
    IPS Cell Therapy
    Immortality Medicine

  • 05 - 14 - 13

    Lipitor Linked To An Increased Risk For Diabetes In Women

    Research by Yunsheng Ma, PhD, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, found that women who take Lipitor are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
    Attorney at Law

  • 05 - 14 - 13

    UMass Boston to award posthumous degree to bombing victim Krystle Campbell

    The University of Massachusetts today announced a series of initiatives to honor victims injured and killed a month ago during the Boston Marathon attack, including a posthumous degree for Marathon victim Krystle Campbell, a former sociology student at UMass Boston.
    Boston.com
    Fox Boston

  • 05 - 13 - 13

    Boston scientists earn Hughes Institute investigator status

    Marc R. Freeman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and a leader in the study of glial cells, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 13 - 13

    Mother's Day a stressful time for women going through infertility

    An article about the rise in infertility rates among women includes quotes from Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 13 - 13

    Sensor technology holds promise to keep former drug addicts clean

    An article about the use of sensor-based devices to help treat people with substance abuse problems mentions a smartphone application called iHeal, developed by Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Richard Fletcher, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. The application is designed to help detect developing drug cravings and promote an intervention prior to drug use.

  • 05 - 13 - 13

    Weekly challenge: Say no to Abercrombie & Fitch’s weight discrimination

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Boston Globe about retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s decision not to carry extra-large clothing sizes and what message that might send to image-conscious teenagers.
    Boston.com

  • 05 - 12 - 13

    Co-chairmen picked for Heart Walk

    UMass Medical School is a sponsor of the 2013 Central Massachusetts Heart Walk planned for May 19 at Cristoforo Columbo Park in Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 10 - 13

    Sensor technology is psychologists’ latest tool in tackling drug abuse

    An article about the use of sensor-based devices to help treat people with substance abuse problems mentions a smartphone application called iHeal, developed by Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Richard Fletcher, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. The application is designed to help detect developing drug cravings and promote an intervention prior to drug use.
    Gigaom.com

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Appointments to the Mass. Medical Society

    Richard S. Pieters, MD, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology, was named president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health was named vice president.
    Boston.com

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Boston-area scientists receive biomedical research funding

    Marc R. Freeman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and a leader in the study of glial cells, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    EurekAlert
    Phys.org

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Charlton Girl Scout Cadettes make Blankets for Babies

    Four local cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 11284 have donated blankets to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Health Watch Allergies Extended

    Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, offers advice to those who suffer from spring allergies.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Health Watch Cancer Walk

    On the latest Health Watch segment Andrew Evens, DO, associate professor medicine, discusses the valuable clinical care and research that gets funded each year by the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Local hospital charges reflect disparities in system

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data this week showing a wide ranges in what local hospitals, including UMass Memorial Medical Center, charge for medical procedures.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Methylphenidate 'Normalizes' Activation in Key Brain Areas in Kids with ADHD

    Constance M. Moore, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, was the lead investigator on new research that showed the stimulant drug methylphenidate "normalizes" activation of several brain areas in young patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Newswire.com
    Bio-Medicine
    Bio-Medicine
    Health.com
    WebMD

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    One-third of new Howard Hughes-funded biomedical researchers from Massachusetts

    An article about Massachusetts major funders of biomedical research mentions the recent announcement of Marc R. Freeman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and a leader in the study of glial cells, as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
    Boston.com

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Pagoto: Society shouldn't allow stores to set beauty standards

    Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks to NECN about the controversy over a retailer who markets to an exclusive size range.
    NECN

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    Phillips vows to keep taking the fight to diabetes

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, and Michael P. Czech, PhD, the Isadore and Fannie Foxman Chair in Medical Research, chair and professor of molecular medicine and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, were among a panel of speakers to address Central Massachusetts business leaders on behalf of the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 09 - 13

    United Way bestows awards at meeting

    Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and the newly named president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, spoke at the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ 93rd annual meeting.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 08 - 13

    10 years after landmark study, progress and challenges remain for youth mental health treatment

    Thomas Grisso, PhD, professor of psychiatry, talks about the impact of a study by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention on mental health and substance abuse problems faced by confined youth and the treatment provided to them, two years after its release.
    Publicintegrity.org

  • 05 - 08 - 13

    Here Are the Official Medical Marijuana Regulations for Massachusetts

    An article about the recent release of medical marijuana rules and regulations by the Department of Public Health, includes comments from James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health.
    Boston Magazine

  • 05 - 08 - 13

    In stressful times, helping others reduces your stress, too

    A story about coping with everyday stress, mentions a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about the increasing number of hospitals combining meditation with traditional medical therapies like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, which was devised at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.com

  • 05 - 08 - 13

    State House News -- Departing health commissioner looking to stay in public service

    Former Vice Chancellor of University Relations Albert “Albie” Sherman, is stepping down from the Public Health Council after 25 years.
    Braintree Wicked Local
    State House News Service

  • 05 - 07 - 13

    Hunting down the deadly

    Robert A. Fein, PhD, senior affiliate in psychiatry, is quoted in a story about the pitfalls and challenges of profiling potential terrorists and shooters.
    Politico

  • 05 - 07 - 13

    Quality Measures for Kids Need to Be Different

    David M. Keller, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, talks about the need for policymakers to develop Affordable Care Act models to measure pediatric care.
    MedPage Today

  • 05 - 07 - 13

    Waking Up the Workplace

    Gregg Jacobs, MD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks about the need for employers to recognize sleep-deprivation as part of their wellness programs.
    Human Resource Executive Online

  • 05 - 06 - 13

    A weight off one’s mind

    A recent study found that women struggling with clinical depression and obesity significantly boosted their moods when behavioral therapy was incorporated into a comprehensive diet and exercise program. Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 06 - 13

    F.D.A. Proposes New Tanning Bed Warnings

    Tanning beds could soon be labeled with skin cancer warnings, according to a report in USA Today that quotes Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine and director of dermatologic surgery and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology, on the new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration.
    New York Times
    USA Today
    NYDailyNews.com
    Wall Street Journal

  • 05 - 06 - 13

    Marlborough Hospital Opens Spine Center

    Robert L. Deters, MD, clinical assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, joins Marlborough Hospital’s Spine Center.
    Marlborough Patch

  • 05 - 06 - 13

    Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

    A story about the discovery of a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice includes comments from Philip J. diIorio, PhD, research assistant professor, about the potential for building supplies of human beta cells in a lab for transplant into diabetes patients.
    Associated Press

  • 05 - 05 - 13

    Emergency funds for medical students

    UMMS is one of four Massachusetts medical schools to receive a $100,000 grant from the Middlesex District Medical Society to benefit medical students during unanticipated financial emergences.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 05 - 13

    Telomeres Affect Gene Expression

    Rossella Tupler, MD, PhD, research assistant professor in molecular medicine, is quoted in an article about a new study which found the gene responsible for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is caused, not by a genetic mutation, but by shortening of telomeres as we age.
    The Scientist

  • 05 - 04 - 13

    UMass Medical School Doctor Named to TIME’s Top

    UMass Medical School’s Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, was recently named to TIME Magazine’s 2013 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The article also includes coverage of the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant.
    GoLocal Worcester
    PhilStar.com

  • 05 - 03 - 13

    At-Home Drug Errors Common for Kids With Cancer

    New research by Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, looks at missed doses, wrong doses and other medication errors among children with cancer who receive part of their treatment at home.
    WebMD
    US News

  • 05 - 03 - 13

    Chuck Brown: Am I a Dad or a Chuck?

    An article about the challenges of raising a teenager daughter, quotes Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body.
    The Kitchener Recorder.com

  • 05 - 03 - 13

    Obama Calls for Major Initiative to Advance Brain Research

    An article about President Obama’s proposed Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, includes comments from Sheldon Benjamin, MD, professor of psychiatry.
    Psychiatric News
    Healio.com

  • 05 - 02 - 13

    The Changing Face of Autism

    A story about the new Center for Autism and NeuroDevelopmental Disorders opening at UMass Medical School includes comments from Jean A. Frazier, MD, the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics; David Micah Cochran, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry; and Kelly Hurley, an autism resource specialist at UMMS.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 05 - 01 - 13

    29 Massachusetts Students Who Shine

    UMass Medical School GSN student Meredith Walsh, MPH, RN, was named by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as one of its “29 Who Shine” honorees for 2013. The award honors outstanding public university and college graduates, one from each UMass campus, state university and community college, for their academic achievement and community service.
    Boston.com
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    UMassMedNow