News Makers 2016

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  • 11 - 05 - 16

    Naloxone recalled due to not being effective anymore?

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, comments on the recall of an atomizer used to administer naloxone.

    Latin Post

  • 11 - 03 - 16

    Ebola Evolved Into Deadlier Enemy During the African Epidemic

    A new study by Jeremy Luban, MD, the David J. Freelander Professor in AIDS Research and professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, found that a mutation to the Ebola virus during the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak made it easier for the virus to infect human cells.

    New York Times


    New Scientist

    Scientific American

    Washington Post


    Boston Herald

    NBC News

    The Atlantic

    International Business Times


    Worcester Telegram & Gazette


    Science Magazine

  • 11 - 03 - 16

    Peace of Mind for a Tumultuous Election: Paper Trails and Risk-Limiting Audits

    An op-ed by Arlene Ash, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences, explores the relevance and importance of conducting post-election audits of paper ballots.

    Huffington Post

  • 11 - 02 - 16

    Nanoparticle conjugates could help treat flu

    Jennifer Wang, MD, associate professor of medicine, comments on an experimental way of treating influenza using nanoparticles.

  • 11 - 01 - 16

    How to cram your entire genome into a tiny nucleus

    Job Dekker, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, explains how the genome is packed into our cells.


  • 10 - 31 - 16

    Autism Latest News & Updates: New Study Discovers The Prevalence Of Obesity Among Children And Teens With ASD

    Linda Bandini, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, comments on a story about the occurrence of obesity in children with autism.

    Parent Herald

  • 10 - 28 - 16

    Five-year safety data of golimumab remained consistent with 3-year data

    A study by Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, found that the 5-year safety data of 50-mg and 100-mg golimumab remained consistent with its 3-year results. 


  • 10 - 28 - 16

    Researchers Develop SPIN Score for Estimating Survival after Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury

    Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, associate professor of neurology, has developed a new tool that may help predict a person’s chance of survival after a gunshot wound or other penetrating brain injury.

    Neurology Today

    Science Daily

    New Haven Register

    Medical News Today

  • 10 - 27 - 16

    Genetic Architects Untwist DNA’s Turns

    The groundbreaking work of Job Dekker, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, to map the 3D shape of the genome is referenced in an article on the complexity of the human genome.

    Quanta Magazine

  • 10 - 26 - 16

    Uncovering Cells' Hidden Genetic Scaffolding

    A story examining the complex interaction between different genes includes quotes from A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD, professor of molecular medicine and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology.

    The Atlantic

  • 10 - 25 - 16

    Lupus Research Alliance Awards Grant to Team Working on Potential Therapies

    Kerstin Nündel, PhD, instructor in medicine, received a three-year, $574,000 grant from the Lupus Research Alliance to examine how the white blood cells called B cells go haywire in some individuals to cause the organ damage that is the hallmark of lupus.

    Lupus News Today

  • 10 - 20 - 16

    Philly-based gene therapy firm teams up with UMass Medical researcher

    The Horae Gene Therapy Center at UMMS, led by Guangping Gao, PhD, the Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, will partner with Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics to figure out better ways to get disease-curing genes into cells.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 10 - 19 - 16

    Night sweats, bloody cough — and a diagnosis that turned a doctor into an activist

    UMMS alum Kelly Holland, MD, explains how a diagnosis of tuberculosis led him to advocate for additional public health funding to combat the disease.

    STAT News

    PBS Newshour

  • 10 - 19 - 16

    Regulate Quality, Dosage and Purity of Kratom

    An op-ed by Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and  Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, calls for the regulation of Kratom, an herb often used by chronic opioid users to curb cravings.

    New York Times

  • 10 - 19 - 16

    UMass Medical School joins Obama's $5.5M precision partnership

    UMass Medical School is part of a multistate team researching how environment, lifestyle and genetics influence health. The project is part of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, which hopes to collect and analyze the personal health and lifestyle information, and biological samples, of as many as a million people over several years. The data will be used to develop prevention strategies and treatments that are based on a person’s own characteristics.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 19 - 16

    Why a Norwood biotech is outperforming every public company in Mass. this year

    Sumner H. Burstein, PhD, professor emeritus, is referenced in a story about Corbus Pharmaceuticals for his discovery of the anti-inflammatory drug Resunab.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 10 - 17 - 16

    Increased Division Over Breast-Feeding in Bed

    Lawrence M. Rhein, MD, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in a story about a new study which found that public-health efforts to encourage breast-feeding are increasingly coming into conflict with guidelines to ensure babies sleep safely.

    Wall Street Journal

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    ALS continues to ravage lives, but hope for a cure endures

    The career and research of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is explored by Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher.

    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    Hundreds of girls go 'geek' on the WPI campus

    UMass Medical School sponsored the Geek Is Glam (GIG) STEM Expo at WPI that brought together more than 430 Girl Scouts from Central and Western Massachusetts to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    Ten years after UMass researcher Craig Mello earns Nobel, search for RNAi-related treatments continues

    Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, talks about the therapeutic promise of RNAi and the strides made over the last decade to develop new drugs for clinical application.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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