News Makers 2016

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  • 06 - 23 - 16

    CCH Names New UMass Medical School Associate Dean

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, was quoted in an article  about the appointment of Donald A. Guadagnoli, MD,  to the position of associate dean for medical education and assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at Cape Cod Healthcare by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Cape Cod Times

  • 06 - 23 - 16

    Massachusetts Considers Imposing Statewide Single-Payer Health Care System

    An article about Massachusetts considering a single-payer health care system says that 75 percent of the state’s 200,000 uninsured residents cited high costs as their reason for lacking health insurance coverage, according to a February report by UMass Medical School, which was commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

    The Heartland Institute

  • 06 - 23 - 16

    Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine, by Steven Hatch

    In his book, Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine, Steven C. Hatch, MD, assistant professor of medicine, aims to empower the general public, as consumers of medicine, with a toolkit for interrogating scientific and medical claims and for asking the right questions of health care professionals.

    Times Higher Education

  • 06 - 22 - 16

    UMass team nabs $17M from NIAID to produce HIV vaccine

    Shan Lu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, has received $17.3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop and produce an optimized HIV vaccine to be used in Phase II human clinical trials.


  • 06 - 21 - 16

    CRISPER screening reveals Zika weaknesses

    Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, has identified multiple human proteins the Zika virus needs to infect cells.

    Free Press Journal


    Bioscience Technology

    Science Daily



  • 06 - 21 - 16

    Family on the front lines in battle against ALS

    Ratt Kennedy, president of The Angel Fund, which raises fund for Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, lost his father and brother to ALS and has been diagnosed with the disease.

    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 20 - 16

    City Hall forum in Worcester discusses opioid crisis

    Alan P. Brown, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry; Matilde Castiel, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine; take part in a panel discussion at Worcester City Hall on the successes and remaining challenges in the state’s battle against opioid abuse.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 06 - 20 - 16

    Healthcare providers maximize resources through teams

    David Polakoff, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, chief medical officer and associate dean of Commonwealth Medicine, explains that a team-based approach to primary care is key to managed care models that have been integrated into primary care, pediatrics and geriatrics.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 20 - 16

    High costs pose barriers to opioid alternatives

    Hugh Silk, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, said making alternatives to opioid painkillers such as Lidoderm patches less cost-prohibitive could help stem the tide of drug addiction.

    Becker’s Hospital Review

    Lowell Sun

    Insurance Journal

    Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

    Albany Times Union


  • 06 - 18 - 16

    'Changing the message' about women's health at UMass multicultural summit

    Julia Johnson, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, and Deborah L. Plummer, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, organized a Multicultural Women's Health Summit at UMass Medical School, designed to offer women in the community an opportunity to learn about health.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 18 - 16

    Not just cosmetic: For afflicted, vitiligo is a serious matter

    John E. Harris, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center, talks about the causes of  vitiligo and his research into finding a cure for the disease.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 16 - 16

    Bruins 'Fist Bump Kid' cancer survivor Liam Fitzgerald has kicked cancer's butt

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, joins cancer patients, such as 10-year-old Liam Fitzgerald, and UMMS biomedical and clinical researchers at the kick-off event for the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run.

    Worcester News Tonight

    WCVB-TV (no link available)

  • 06 - 15 - 16

    Protecting young athletes from the opioid crisis

    James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health; Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health; Erik J. Garcia, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health; Maria M. Garcia, MD,MPH, associate professor of medicine, discuss treating sports injuries in college and youth athletes with opioids.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 16

    Central Mass. colleges seek out-of-state students to fill enrollment gap

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins discusses how admitting out-of-state students to the School of Medicine has added to the medical school’s diversity and increased access to highly qualified candidates.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 16

    Science from Scientists engages Burncoat Prep students in Worcester

    Don Gammon, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the RTI, visits Burncoat Preparatory School twice a month to do hands-on science experiments with fifth grade students.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 16

    UMass Medical School employees receive awards

    Alexis D. Henry, ScD, research assistant professor of psychiatry, received the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Armin Loeb Award during the 2016 Recovery Workforce Summit held recently in Boston; Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, was presented with the American Psychiatric Association’s Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for his work on the Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry, the first comprehensive correctional psychiatric textbook.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 10 - 16

    Kratom: Natural painkiller or addictive drug?

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how kratom, a Southeast Asian leaf and natural painkiller sometimes used as a substitute for people coping with heroin addiction, works by binding to opioid receptors.

  • 06 - 09 - 16

    Bristol-Myers Squibb locks into novel autoimmune strategy

    Paul R. Thompson, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, explains how protein arginine deiminases (PADs)  may be a viable treatment alternative for autoimmune disorders.

    Nature Biotechnology

  • 06 - 08 - 16

    Encouraging News for Patients on TNF Inhibitors

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, said that new research shows that patients with spondyloarthritis taking tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are not at increased risk for developing malignancies.

  • 06 - 07 - 16

    6 things New England states are doing to combat the opioid epidemic

    A story about efforts to curb the opioid epidemic in New England references UMass Medical School.

    Springfield Republican

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