News Makers 2013

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  • 11 - 30 - 13

    Chance meeting leads to novel preeclampsia treatment

    Melissa J. Moore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks to the Boston Globe about her research to find a treatment for preeclampsia, a medical condition that effects pregnant woman and can cause babies to be born prematurely.
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 30 - 13

    Improve care through outcomes reporting

    Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, wrote an op-ed explaining the importance of the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement or FORCE-TJR for those having undergone joint replacement.
    Modern Healthcare

  • 11 - 29 - 13

    Screenings aim at cardiac health for teen athletes in Central Mass.

    Michael C. Fahey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, explains how screening student athletes for cardiac abnormalities can save lives. Lisa Chan, a nurse at UMass Memorial participated in a screening event at Sutton High School.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 26 - 13

    Health Watch Limb Loss

    William Robinson, MD, assistant professor of surgery, was interviewed by the Charter TV3 Health Watch team about how diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can lead to limb loss.
    Charter TV3

  • 11 - 26 - 13

    Those holiday blues could be a psychiatric disorder

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, explains symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 26 - 13

    UMass Med Licenses Anti-Cancer Technology

    UMass Medical School has licensed “anti-gal” technology developed by Uri Galili, PhD, professor of surgery and medicine, to newly formed biopharmaceutical company Agalimmune Ltd. for the purpose of developing innovative immunotherapies for the treatment of solid tumor cancers.
    Worcester Business Journal
    News Medical
    PhysOrg
    PharmaBiz.com
    Fort Mill Times

  • 11 - 26 - 13

    University Of Massachusetts Medical School scientists re-imagine how genomes are assembled

    Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and Noam Kaplan, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow, have developed a new method for piecing together the short DNA reads produced by next-generation sequencing technologies that are the basis for building complete genome sequences.
    Science News
    News Tonight Africa
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    French Tribune
    Health Render
    EurekAlert
    Science Codex
    PhysOrg
    Health News Digest

  • 11 - 25 - 13

    Anti-fungal drug 'makes flu worse'

    Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, talks about his new study which found evidence that a widely used antifungal medicine increases susceptibility to flu infection in mice and cell cultures.
    International News Network

  • 11 - 24 - 13

    All in the family: CHC residency program 'turning the tide'

    Robert A. Babineau, Jr., MD, assistant professor family medicine and community health, talks about the Fitchburg family medicine residency program at Community Health Connections, which trains 18 family medicine residents each year in partnership with UMass Medical School.
    Sentinel & Enterprise

  • 11 - 21 - 13

    Amphotericin B: Anti-fungal drug 'makes flu worse'

    Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, talks to the British Broadcasting Company about his new study which found evidence that a widely used antifungal medicine increases susceptibility to flu infection in mice and cell cultures.
    BBC
    Medical Xpress
    Drug Discovery & Development
    Digital Journal

  • 11 - 21 - 13

    Surprising Weight-Loss Tip: Weigh Yourself Daily

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about how weighing yourself each morning can help you make better food choices throughout the day.
    AARP

  • 11 - 20 - 13

    UMass Memorial cardio-oncology clinic makes vital connections

    The newly created cardio-oncology clinic at UMass Memorial Medical Center was established to help cancer patients whose hearts may have been damaged by treatment. The story includes quotes from Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, professor of medicine, and Matthew E. McGuiness, MD, assistant professor of medicine.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 18 - 13

    Health Watch Physiatry

    Jennifer Anne Baima, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, talks about how physiatrists can help restore patients’ form to funtion after injury, trauma or surgery, so they can get back to what they were doing before becoming ill.
    Charter TV3

  • 11 - 16 - 13

    Human Treg responses allow sustained recombinant adeno-associated virus-mediated transgene expression

    In a new paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, and Christian Mueller, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and colleagues, have shown persistent gene expression for a period of more than a year in a Phase II gene therapy human trial, providing additional support for gene therapy as a therapeutic tool.
    News Medical

  • 11 - 15 - 13

    Can't Quit Smoking? Blame Your Brain

    A new study by Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and interim director of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, identifies the region of the brain where symptoms of nicotine withdrawal originate.
    Everyday Health
    GoLocalWorcester
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    MedicalXpress
    Examiner.com

  • 11 - 12 - 13

    Adding Pounds, Then New Knees

    New statistics from the UMass Medical School-led national database for knee and hip replacements and patient-reported outcomes (FORCE-TJR) shows obesity is a major factor in the surge of knee replacement surgeries. Patricia Franklin, MD, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and principal investigator of FORCE-TJR, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and director of the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, are quoted in the story.
    New York Times
    Health Day
    U.S. News and World Report 

  • 11 - 11 - 13

    Does Treating Depression Help With Weight Loss?

    A team of investigators from the University of Massachusetts Medical School show that delivering evidence-based behavioral therapy for depression before a lifestyle weight loss intervention improves both weight loss and depression. Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was lead author on the study.
    Medscape

  • 11 - 11 - 13

    Imaging May Spot Risky Coronary Plaque Early On

    GSBS student Réka Haraszti, MD, explains the clinical implications of a new study showing the use of noninvasive imaging technique to detect coronary atherosclerotic plaques at high risk for rupture in an accompanying Lancet editorial.
    MedPage Today 

  • 11 - 11 - 13

    Marlboro's success at drawing life sciences companies offers lessons for Worcester

    A column about how Marlboro has attracted biotech and medical device companies to the city references the talent at UMass Medical School as a draw for such companies to Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 11 - 13

    Worcester Doctor Not A Typical Veteran

    Mark D. Price, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and Bronze Star recipient, spoke at a special Veterans Day program in Worcester where he recounted his seven months of leading a mobile surgical unit in Afghanistan.
    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 11 - 10 - 13

    Flu clinics get a dose of competition

    A story about how municipalities are reimbursed for flu clinic efforts credits Commonwealth Medicine and its Center for Health Care Financing for arranging the reimbursement system.
    Boston Globe

  • 11 - 10 - 13

    Germs may replace steel in Worcester factories

    An article about the life sciences industry in Worcester references UMass Medical School as a compelling attraction for biopharmaceutical manufacturing companies and start-ups.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 11 - 10 - 13

    Hope Seen In Chromosome Therapy For Down Syndrome

    Scientists at UMass Medical School are the first to establish that a naturally occurring X chromosome “off switch” can be rerouted to neutralize the extra chromosome responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by cognitive impairment. Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, explains.
    Forbes

  • 11 - 09 - 13

    Report: 491 New Medicine Trials Conducted in Worcester Since 1999

    Since 1999, 491 new medicine trials have been conducted in Worcester, many of them at UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 11 - 07 - 13

    A booster shot for education

    In an op-ed, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret highlights accomplishments of faculty and students at UMass Medical School. In the article, he references Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD; Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for Mass Biologics, Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine; Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology; and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, and the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Research, for their contributions.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 07 - 13

    Researchers answer century old question about 3D structure of mitotic chromosomes

    A new study by Job Dekker, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, provides evidence for a general principle of condensed, mitotic chromosome organization and structure that is highly adaptable and common to all cells.
    PhysOrg
    Science Blog
    Technology.org
    Science

  • 11 - 06 - 13

    Rural scholars outline strategies for aging Vineyard

    According to an assessment by a team of students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Martha’s Vineyard needs to overhaul and expand its senior health care system quickly to respond to unprecedented growth in its senior population. UMMS students Gosha Smas, GSN; Arianne (Cuff) Baker, SOM 2016; Kelli Paice SOM 2016; Ismael Rivera, SOM 2016; and Caroline Royer, SOM 2016; were pictured in the article. 
    Vineyard Gazette

  • 11 - 06 - 13

    This is a triumph of basic science with huge implications. CRISPR technique breaks the mould

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, wrote an op-ed about the new use in human cells of CRISPR, a prokaryotic immune system component which has been shown to precisely and efficiently alter the genome of human cells.
    The Independent
    Fox News
    Asia News International
    The Times Science

  • 11 - 05 - 13

    Researchers recommend wellness programs for increased number of young TJR patients with obesity

    Rising rates of obesity among younger Americans are causing an increase in knee replacement surgeries according to new data from a national research program led by UMass Medical School on knee and hip replacements and patient-reported outcomes. Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, are quoted in the story.
    Healio.com
    Spire Health Care

  • 11 - 05 - 13

    Should Young Murder Suspects Be Tried As Adults?

    Thomas Grisso, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at UMMS, explained how the brain develops in adolescents for a WBUR report examining the Massachusetts law requiring anyone age 14 and above charged with murder to be tried in an adult court.
    WBUR

  • 11 - 04 - 13

    Coming Back from the Dead

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks to CNN about the drug Naloxone, which is being used to counter the effects of opiate overdose.
    CNN

  • 11 - 04 - 13

    Library branches straight to the kids

    Under Worcester's new One City, One Library initiative, branches of the public library are setting up in selected elementary schools. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is providing support and funding for the One City, One Library program.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 04 - 13

    Veterans Day parade, breakfast Nov. 11

    Mark D. Price, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and Bronze Star Navy recipient is scheduled to be guest speaker at a special Veteran’s Day program.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 03 - 13

    Struck by dementia at 37... but hope lies in science

    Research by Fen-Biao Gao, PhD, professor of neurology, provides new clues to the cause of dementia.
    Yorkshire Post

  • 11 - 03 - 13

    Telemonitoring: Limited Help in ICU?

    Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, calls into question results of a recent single-center study which found that eICU monitoring didn't shorten patient stays or reduce risks.
    Medpage Today