News Makers 2016

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  • 02 - 08 - 16

    Connection Between Diabetes And Mental Disorder Found

    Rita Bortell, PhD, research professor of molecular medicine, and Agata Jurczyk, PhD, instructor in molecular medicine, have discovered that a shared gene (or genes) may underlie the co-occurrence of schizophrenia and diabetes.

    Youth Health Magazine

    Business Standard

    LiveMint.com

  • 02 - 08 - 16

    Massachusetts lawmakers continue negotiating opioid, solar bills

    Gov. Charlie Baker met with UMass Medical School officials to discuss how to incorporate lessons about addiction into the medical school curriculum. 

    Springfield Republican

  • 02 - 05 - 16

    Aging Shrinks Chromosomes

    A new study shows that in cells undergoing senescence, chromosomes tend to become more compact. In the article Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, interim chair and professor of cell & developmental biology, explains how the structure of chromatin and the chromosomes they form change as cells age.

    The Scientist

  • 02 - 04 - 16

    Medical Schools Boost Pain Management Education

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, spoke to the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington D.C. about changes to the School of Medicine curriculum, which includes an immersive training module, geared to training medical students about prescribing opioids and preventing abuse.

    MedPage Today

  • 02 - 02 - 16

    CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic for tyrosinemai type I delivered to mice

    Wen Xue, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, has found a way to more efficiently deliver a CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic to adult mice with the metabolic disease Tyrosinemia type I that may also prove to be safer for use in humans. His research shows that administering the treatment by combining two delivery mechanisms already in clinical development for other diseases led to correction of the mutated gene that causes the rare liver disorder in 6 percent of liver cells -- enough to effectively cure the disease in mice.

    Nanotechnology Now

    Bangalore Mirror

  • 02 - 02 - 16

    Curing Disease by Repairing Faulty Genes

    Wen Xue, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, has found a way to more efficiently deliver a CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic to adult mice with the metabolic disease Tyrosinemia type I that may also prove to be safer for use in humans.

    Drug Discovery & Development Magazine
    NewsMedical.net

  • 02 - 02 - 16

    Excessive Tanning Could Be A Sign Of A Deeper Problem

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, comments on her research that suggests excessive tanning could be a flag for other mental health issues in some patients.

    Huffington Post

  • 02 - 02 - 16

    Local delegation tours MassBiologics facility

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine, took local politicians on a tour of the MassBiologics South Coast facility, which just received a good manufacturing process designation by federal regulators. Chancellor Michael F. Collins was also quoted in the article.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 02 - 16

    Meta-Analysis Confirms Benefit of Stent Retrievers in Stroke

    Raphael A Carandang, MD, assistant professor of neurology, calls a new stent retriever treatment for stroke patients “the second revolutionary therapeutic breakthrough in acute stroke care in the last 50 years.”

    MedScape.com

  • 02 - 01 - 16

    Harnessing the power of viruses to treat Huntington's disease

    A look at recent developments to engineer AAV vectors to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s disease, includes comments from Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology.

    HDBuzz

  • 02 - 01 - 16

    In Search of Forty Winks

    A story about treating insomnia references the five-week Conquering Insomnia program taught by sleep specialist Gregg Jacobs, PhD.

    New Yorker

  • 01 - 29 - 16

    Researchers find link between autism and infectious disease

    Research by Jun R. Huh, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, found that a viral infection during pregnancy can cause  autism-like behaviors in mice by triggering a key immune reaction.

    Boston Business Journal
    MIT News
    Medical News Today

  • 01 - 28 - 16

    Do Viral Infections During Pregnancy Cause Autism?

    Research by Jun R. Huh, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, found that a viral infection during pregnancy can cause  autism-like behaviors in mice by triggering a key immune reaction.

    NewsMax
    Parent Herald
    Health Canal.com
    NewsMedical
    NewsMedical
    The Health Site
    ScienceBlog.com

  • 01 - 28 - 16

    Research into potential probiotic wormer in horses scores federal cash

    Raffi V. Aroian, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has received funding to explore the potential of a crystal protein produced by a soil-dwelling bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, to kill equine parasites.

    HorseTalk.com
    The Horse

  • 01 - 28 - 16

    What Would Single-Payer Mean for Doctors?

    Katharine London, MS, principal at the Center for Health Law and Economics, describes the benefits and disadvantages of a single-payer health care system.

    MedPage Today

  • 01 - 27 - 16

    New Optogenetic Technology Uses Near-Infrared Light to Turn Immune Cells to Attack Melanoma Tumors

    Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has developed a new optogentic technology that can trigger the immune system to attack cancer cells.

    AZO Optics
    NovusLight
    MedicalXpress

  • 01 - 27 - 16

    Strongest evidence yet of link between indoor tanning and melanoma

    Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine, comments on the link between indoor tanning and melanoma.

    NH Voice
    MedPage Today

  • 01 - 26 - 16

    Boston-area researchers achieve insulin-independence in diabetic mice

    Dale Greiner, PhD, the Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of molecular medicine, and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston University, Harvard University, and Joslin Diabetes Center, have shown in mice with type-1 diabetes that it’s possible to hide insulin-producing beta cells from the immune system.

    Boston Business Journal
    The Health Site

  • 01 - 26 - 16

    Doctors change how they evaluate blood pressure numbers

    Stephen A Martin, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health; Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, professor of medicine; and Glenn R. Kershaw, MD, clinical professor medicine, talk about the dangers of high-blood pressure, changes in how physicians treat the disease, and the findings of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) conducted in part at UMMS.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 26 - 16

    Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills

    Darwin’s Dogs, a project by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, collects canine DNA from dogs with the hope of using the information as a basis for studies of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and behavioral conditions.

    Nature

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