News Makers 2013

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  • 06 - 30 - 13

    Endowed chairs give UMass researchers flexibility

    A column by Worcester Telegram and Gazette Business Editor Aaron Nicodemus explores how endowed chair and professor positions at UMass Medical School provide an opportunity for private donors to support a specific area of scientific research.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 30 - 13

    'Perfect' Teamwork Saves Cardiac Arrest Victim

    A UMass Memorial Medical Center dispatcher instructs bystanders to perform CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest until paramedics can arrive, helping to save the patient’s life.
    Westborough Patch

  • 06 - 28 - 13

    Hingham Resident to Serve as ‘Brave Spirit’ Fighting ALS

    Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is quoted in an article about a Hingham resident who will be serving as national chair of the ALS Therapy Alliance’s new campaign, Breakthrough ALS.
    Wicked Local Hingham

  • 06 - 27 - 13

    Health Watch Incontinence

    Michael K. Flynn, MD, MHS, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, talks about treatment options for pelvic floor disorders.
    Charter TV3

  • 06 - 27 - 13

    Health Watch Kids Safety – Swimming

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, offers summer swimming safety tips for children and parents.
    Charter TV3

  • 06 - 27 - 13

    SSRIs in late pregnancy may increase PPHN risk in newborns

    Alan Ehrlich, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, writes about the risks for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy.
    The Clinical Advisor

  • 06 - 27 - 13

    UMass Medical School Establishes Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research

    Through the generous support of Stanley Berman and his late wife Eileen Berman, EdD, UMass Medical School has established the Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research, supported through an endowed fund that the Bermans created at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence in 2011. Dale Greiner, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, will be the inaugural recipient.
    Worcester Business Journal
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 06 - 26 - 13

    Medical Schools Integrate Health Disparity Education Across Curriculum

    Suzanne B. Cashman, DSc, professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about how medical schools are integrating health disparities into their curriculum.
    AAMC Reporter

  • 06 - 26 - 13

    Obesity as a disease: A first step to prevention?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, explains the recent announcement by the American Medical Association to officially recognize obesity as a disease in an op-ed for Boston.com.
    Boston.com

  • 06 - 26 - 13

    Shrewsbury Rotary honors UMass physician

    Alan Peter Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, was awarded the Paul Harris Award by the Shrewsbury Rotary Club. The award, named in honor of Rotary’s founder, is the International Rotary’s highest community service award.
    Community Advocate

  • 06 - 26 - 13

    Viewpoint: Profound Lessons for Tomorrow’s Doctors

    In an op-ed by Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, talks about the heroism of the first responders at the Boston Marathon Bombing last April and the commitment of academic medical centers to serve patients, educate students and conduct research.
    AAMC Reporter

  • 06 - 25 - 13

    Childhood ADHD Tied to Obesity Decades Later

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the connection between childhood ADHD and adult obesity.
    Pacific Standard

  • 06 - 25 - 13

    Sen. Moore announces IT grants for area hospitals

    UMMHC will receive a HIway Implementation Grant for $75,000 to assist in connecting to the statewide Health Information Exchange.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 24 - 13

    Early lung cancer detection could cost you

    UMass Memorial Health Care plans to join local hospitals in offering discounted rates for CT screening.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 24 - 13

    UMMS tracks impact of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes – Video

    Richard Perugini, MD, assistant professor of surgery and surgical director of the UMass Memorial Weight Center, has seen firsthand the positive impact of gastric bypass surgery on patients with type 2 diabetes for years.
    Genetherapy.tv

  • 06 - 24 - 13

    Using a phone while walking is risky

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks about the increase in pedestrian injuries due to the distractions of cellphones and other mobile devices.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 24 - 13

    Valeritas May Improve Glycemic Control And Reduce Total Daily Insulin Dose For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

    An article about an insulin delivery device called V-Go, includes quotes from David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine.
    The Lahore Times

  • 06 - 24 - 13

    View This Year's Central Mass. 100

    UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School ranked first and third respectively in the Worcester Business Journal’s Central Mass. 100 this year. Companies are ranked based on number of employees.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 22 - 13

    Groundbreaking artery implant at UMass

    Jeffrey J. Rade, MD, professor of medicine, talks to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about a new clinical trial for a bioresorbable vascular stent, commonly used in cardiac catheterizations, taking place at UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 21 - 13

    Pre-med boot camp at UMass Medical School

    Robert Layne, MEd, director of outreach programs, talks to Worcester Channel 3 about UMass Medical School’s summer enrichment programs for college sophomores and juniors interested in the medical field.
    NECN
    CSNNE

  • 06 - 21 - 13

    UMass Medical School Health Policy Experts to Present at Academy Health Conference

    Robin E. Clark, PhD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, Judith L. Steinberg, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, Ann G. Lawthers, DSC, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, and Bruce A. Barton, PhD, research professor of quantitative health sciences, will present at the AcademyHealth Conference in Baltimore this month.
    Wall Street Journal
    Market Watch
    HeraldOnline
    Morningstar
    Reuters

  • 06 - 20 - 13

    Depression Linked to Elevated Markers for CVD, Diabetes

    Postmenopausal women who use antidepressant medication or suffer from depression might be more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist circumference and inflammation—all associated with increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a study led by UMass Medical School investigator Yunsheng Ma, PhD, MD, MPH, and published in the June 13 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
    Medscape
    News-Medical
    Science Codex
    Health Canal
    Medpage Today
    Daily RX

  • 06 - 19 - 13

    American Medical Association: Obesity is a disease

    Mitchell Jay Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, talks about the recent announcement by the American Medical Association to officially recognize obesity as a disease.
    NECN
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 19 - 13

    Festivals make city vibrant

    UMass Medical School helps sponsor local summer festivals.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 19 - 13

    New England has more primary care doctors than most of U.S.

    Article about the number of primary care physicians per capita in New England credit the UMass Medical School with having increased their emphasis on educating doctors for primary care.
    Press Herald
    Boston Herald

  • 06 - 19 - 13

    Touching hearts, saving lives

    A local family who lost a son to an undetected heart condition, offer heart screenings for teens to detect potential heart conditions. Doctors from UMass Medical School were among volunteers who participated in last Saturday’s screening.
    The Landmark

  • 06 - 19 - 13

    Wheels to Water aims for safe and sound summer fun

    The Wheels to Water program gives local children transportation to area pools. The program also offers swim lessons and activity programs and is sponsored in part by UMass Memorial Health Care.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 18 - 13

    Cellucci: A true public servant

    In an op-ed, Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, pays tribute to the life of former Governor Paul Cellucci, and his commitment to raise funds to support the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 18 - 13

    More good job reviews for city manager

    Chancellor Michael Collins, MD, is pictured in an article about last night’s City Council meeting.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 18 - 13

    School libraries to benefit from help from Worcester Public Library

    James Leary, vice chancellor of community and government relations, is quoted in an article about Worcester’s One City, One Library program. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is providing a five-year, $1.6 million grant to support the Worcester Public Library and Worcester Public Schools’ biotech and bioscience classrooms and curriculum.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 14 - 13

    DSM-5 Offers Creative Teaching Opportunity

    Sheldon Benjamin, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurology and vice chair of education for the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted at a recent symposium about the newly released DSM-5, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
    Psychiatric News

  • 06 - 14 - 13

    Scientists at UMass Medical School identify neurons that control feeding behavior in Drosophila

    Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a novel transgenic system which allows them to remotely activate individual brain cells in the model organism Drosophila using ambient temperature. Motojiro Yoshihara, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, is quoted in the article.
    Science Daily
    EurekAlert
    News Medical

  • 06 - 13 - 13

    Tribute to Governor Paul Cellucci

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and UMass Medical School pay tribute to the life of Governor Paul Cellucci.
    Boston Globe
    Boston Herald
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 13 - 13

    UMass Medical School chancellor: 'Cellucci knew he was embarking on final campaign with ALS'

    Paying tribute to the life of former Governor Paul Cellucci, Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, talk about his commitment to raise funds to support the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    NECN
    NECN
    Masslive.com
    NECN
    Fox 25
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    National Post

  • 06 - 13 - 13

    UMass Memorial doctor gives tips to exhausted Bruins fans

    Josna Adusumilli, MD, assistant professor of neurology, offers tips for those suffering from sleep deprivation.
    NECN

  • 06 - 12 - 13

    Hopkins Researcher Describes First ‘Functional HIV Cure’ in an Infant

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, talks about the recent breakthrough of a “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, according to Dr. Luzuriaga, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children.
    Health Canal

  • 06 - 12 - 13

    Jammed molecular motors may play role in development of ALS

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, participated in a recent study which showed how a genetic mutation often associated with inherited ALS caused delays in the transport of important molecules along the long axons of neurons.
    Health Canal

  • 06 - 11 - 13

    A Simple Test. Newborn Lives Saved. What's The Holdup?

    An article about making pulse oximentry screening mandatory for newborns is written by Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics. The test can detect serious heart defects in newborns by measuring oxygen levels.
    WBUR

  • 06 - 11 - 13

    Program Cuts Use of Antibiotics in Kids

    Brian O’Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics, weighs in on new research showing an educational intervention combined with regular feedback to pediatricians reduced inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for children treated for respiratory infections in an outpatient setting.
    MedPage Today

  • 06 - 11 - 13

    Shrewsbury, Mass. family who lost 5-year-old son gives back to UMass ICU

    A family from Shrewsbury raised $25,000 for 3 nicview cameras at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Scot T. Bateman, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, is interviewed in the segment.
    NECN

  • 06 - 11 - 13

    UMass Remembers Cellucci’s ‘Courageous’ Campaign For ALS Research

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, talks about former Governor Paul Cellucci and his commitment to raising funds to support the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    WBUR
    MetroWest Daily News

  • 06 - 09 - 13

    Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci mourned

    Former Massachusetts Governor A. Paul Cellucci, a devoted public servant who dedicated the final chapter of his life to raising funds to support the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), died June 8 at his home in Hudson, surrounded by family, from complications of the disease.
    WCVB
    Boston Herald
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Boston Globe
    WHDH
    CNN
    Boston Herald
    USA Today
    New York Times
    Boston.com
    Boston Herald
    Newsday
    Boston Globe
    WBUR
    Fox Boston
    CBS Boston
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 09 - 13

    UMass professor gets screening award

    Anne Marie Comeau, deputy director of the New England Newborn Screening Program and professor in the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s department of pediatrics, has been awarded the 2013 Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 09 - 13

    WPI professor developing health care apps

    WPI and researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Diabetes Center of Excellence are working to develop a smartphone application that could save diabetes patients some trips to the hospital.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 08 - 13

    Fmr. Mass. Governor Paul Cellucci dead at 65

    Chancellor Michael Collins and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology talk to NECN about Former Governor A. Paul Cellucci’s dedication to ALS research.
    NECN

  • 06 - 08 - 13

    Technology blurs lines between home, office

    Lynn Koerbel, senior teacher, and Paul Galvin, interim assistant director of the Oasis Institute at University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, are quoted in an article about the pressures of being constantly connected via electronics.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 06 - 13

    Health Watch Bike Safety

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks about the importance of children always wearing a helmet and other safety tips when bicycling in the recent Health Watch segment.
    Charter TV3

  • 06 - 06 - 13

    UMass Amherst gets $95m life sciences grant

    The Albert Sherman Center is referenced in an article about Governor Patrick’s investment in the life science industries.
    Boston Globe
    Boston.com

  • 06 - 05 - 13

    Delivering the doctors

    An editorial about the importance of primary care physicians in the health care system and the need to encourage more students to enter the specialty praises UMass Medical School for its success in producing and training primary care physicians.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 05 - 13

    Raised awareness for genetic testing for breast cancer

    Jilliane Sotelo, MS, LCGC, instructor in pediatrics and a licensed genetic counselor at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about genetic testing and the risks of breast and ovarian cancers for women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 05 - 13

    Study Hints of Rituximab MS Benefit

    Christopher Perrone, SOM 2014, talks about study findings which showed patients receiving off-label rituximab (Rituxan) for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis either improved or showed little further progression of the disease.
    Medpage Today

  • 06 - 04 - 13

    OCD In Dogs And Humans Has Similar Brain Abnormalities

    An article about similarities in structural brain abnormalities in dogs and humans afflicted with obsessive compulsive disorder, refers to a 2010 study by Edward I. Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neurology and pathology.
    Science
    Science Codex

  • 06 - 03 - 13

    More than 200 get degrees at University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Students from the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences receive their degrees at UMass Medical School’s 40th Commencement exercises. Quoted in the story is Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, who recognized Christina H. Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Maurine Williams, MD, emergency medicine resident, for their part in responding to the twin bombing attack that killed three and injured 264 at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Also mentioned in the story was 2013 MD/PhD graduate Keith P. Romano who was hooded by Thomas F. Halpin, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, the doctor who delivered him 32 years ago.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 13

    NIH grants fall victim to budget cuts

    A story about how federal budget cuts are impacting NIH grants for small businesses mentions UMass Medical School’s research enterprise.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette