News Makers 2017

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  • 09 - 08 - 17

    Biosimilars: Consensus Recommendations Issued

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about new recommendations on the use of biosimilars for rheumatologic diseases.

    MedPage Today

  • 09 - 06 - 17

    As Key Data Loom, Nobel Winner Mello Reflects on RNAi 'Sci-Fi' Story

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, comments on the promise of RNAi-based therapeutics.


  • 09 - 05 - 17

    Local authors tell the story of Pete Frates and his viral Ice Bucket Challenge

    Casey Sherman’s new book  The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS references the ALS Cellucci Fund at UMass Medical School and includes remarks from ALS researcher John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology.

    Patriot Ledger

  • 09 - 05 - 17

    Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about integrative medicine about how meditation can be a valuable tool for doctors addressing psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression and addiction.

    U.S.News & World Report

  • 09 - 04 - 17

    Editorial: City of industry transformed to city of knowledge

    An editorial about the transformation of the Worcester economy from manufacturing to innovation references UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 31 - 17

    Former monk says he won’t back down in fight against international cosmetics giant

    Carmel Laboratories LLC has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L’Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise money for the poor. UMass Medical School, which developed the technology using a chemical compound found in the heart that can promote skin elasticity and  licensed it to Carmel in 2009, is named in the suit.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Philadelphia Tribune

    Worcester Business Journal

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 08 - 28 - 17

    A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

    Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology and molecular medicine, is quoted in a story about new study linking bacterial products to animal “healthspans” and life spans.

    The Scientist

  • 08 - 27 - 17

    Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

    The first UMass Medical School satellite campus opened at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Chancellor Michael F. Collins; medical student Kevin White, SOM 2021; Rebecca D. Blanchard, PhD, MEd, senior director of educational affairs at Baystate Health and assistant professor of medicine; and Harry Hoar, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in the story.

  • 08 - 24 - 17

    Worcester eye clinics report no cases of damage from eclipse - for now

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology, is quoted in a story about potential retinal damage caused by a solar eclipse.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 21 - 17

    For this investor, it’s a life-and-death venture

    Venture capitalist Ed Krapels invests in Apic Bio, which uses technology incubated at UMass Medical School, under the guidance of  Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, and Chris Mueller, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, with the goal of making a treatment for alpha-1 that is more like a cure and less like a palliative medicine.

    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    Concern over NIH cuts unites Worcester’s medical school, political leaders

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, lead a panel discussion about the potential cost of cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    MetroWest Daily News

    Worcester Magazine

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    UMass Med School specialist helps doctors learn about marijuana’s risks, benefits

    Alan Ehrlich, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in a story about educating physicians about the risks and benefits of prescribing marijuana.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    Worcester schools, UMass Medical team up for food pantry, laundry rooms for students

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Kola Akindele, senior director for community and government relations, are quoted in a story about the launch of a new initiative being funded by the medical school to help alleviate the pressures of poverty on the area’s low-income students.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Magazine

  • 07 - 21 - 17

    Our Dogs Can Get Lyme Vaccines And We (Still) Can't. When Might We?

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted Lyme disease infection, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.

    WBUR CommonHealth

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Boston Herald

    Country Living


    Woman's Day

    Daily Mail


    WGGB/WSHM Western Mass News

  • 07 - 21 - 17

    Refractory RA Yields to Rituximab

    According to Leslie R. Harrold, MD, MPH, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, of 667 patients enrolled in the Corrona RA Registry who had failed at least one tumor necrosis factor inhibitor and were subsequently given rituximab, nearly 50 percent showed clinically meaningful improvements.

    MedPage Today


  • 07 - 19 - 17

    Genetic therapy for two inherited neurologic diseases moves closer to human clinical trials

    Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology, said he is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to test a gene therapy treatment for Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases, genetic disorders in a category known as lysosomal storage diseases.

    Medical News


  • 07 - 19 - 17

    Making It in Central Mass.: From ginger beer to biotech, region’s manufacturing delivers

    UMass Medical School and UMass Medicine Science Park are referenced in an article about the Worcester manufacturing economy and its biotechnology industry.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 19 - 17

    Obese patients don't need to lose weight before total joint replacement, study finds

    Patricia Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, explains that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery.

    Science Daily

  • 07 - 19 - 17

    UMass study finds half of overdose patients unaware of their fentanyl exposure

    Kavita M. Babu, MD, professor of emergency medicine and chief of the toxicology, said that among adult patients who came to the emergency room after being revived from a heroin overdose, nearly all had fentanyl in their urine. When asked, roughly half of the patients did not know they had taken fentanyl, according to her study.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 17 - 17

    C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

    John P. Haran, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about the declining cases of Clostridium difficile infections in health care facilities.

    Collective Evolution

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