News Makers 2016

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  • 05 - 02 - 16


    An article about the challenges facing mental health workers in the field of correctional psychology includes comments from Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry.

    New Yorker

  • 04 - 28 - 16

    Gene Therapy Might be the Best, and Perhaps Only, Chance at Curing Brain Diseases

    Guangping Gao, PhD, the Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, and Dominic Gessler, research fellow, talk about the promise gene therapy holds for treating Canavan and other neurodegenerative diseases.


  • 04 - 26 - 16

    Elderly Acute MI Patients Still Waiting Too Long to Seek Medical Care

    A new study by Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences, found that elderly patients wait more than 3.5 hours before seeking medical care for acute myocardial infarction, a delay that hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years and is a serious clinical and public health concern.

    TCT MD

  • 04 - 26 - 16

    High rate of diabetes seen in TB patients from South India

    A study by Hardy Kornfeld, MD, professor of medicine, suggests that becoming sick with TB can push people from pre-diabetes into a diabetic range of high blood sugar.

  • 04 - 26 - 16

    Vitamin B12 accelerates worm development: University of Massachusetts Study

    Marian Walhout, PhD, co-director of the program in systems biology and professor of molecular medicine, discusses how they have developed a novel interspecies model system that shows how bacterially supplied vitamin B12 changes gene expression, development and fertility in C. elegans.

    Women Fitness

  • 04 - 25 - 16

    5 Central Mass. women to receive Erskine Awards at YWCA luncheon

    Susan V. George, clinical associate professor of medicine, will receive the Katharine F. Erskine Award during the Tribute to Women luncheon on May 3 at Mechanics Hall.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 25 - 16

    Caring for a pet could improve type 1 diabetes management in children

    Louise Maranda, PhD, assistant professor of quantitative health sciences, is mentioned in an article about research that found patients with diabetes can benefit from pet ownership.

    Diabetes Digital Media

    Science Daily

  • 04 - 25 - 16

    Fitchburg hearing targets flavored tobacco sales

    Tina Grosowsky, project coordinator for the Central Mass. Tobacco Free Community Partnership, is quoted in an article about the city of Fitchburg considering a measure that would limit where consumers can buy flavored tobacco products such as candy-flavored vapes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 25 - 16

    Genetic Approach May Lead to New Treatments for Digestive Diseases

    Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, has identified a new molecular pathway critical for maintaining the smooth muscle tone that allows the passage of materials through the digestive system.

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

    Tech Times

    Science Daily

    Medical XPress

  • 04 - 25 - 16

    Juvenile Justice Reformers Driven by Memories of Mistakes in Their Less-informed Past

    Gina Vincent, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about reducing recidivism rates and the number of youth in detention facilities.

    Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

  • 04 - 21 - 16

    CRISPRainbow Uses Gene-Editing Technology to Track DNA in Live Cells

    Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Hanhui Ma, PhD, research specialist, have developed a new technology capable of tagging and tracking genomic loci in live cells.

    Headline and Global News

    Crazy Engineers

    Eureka Alert

    Science Daily

    Science Newsline Biology

    NH Voice

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

    Laboratory Equipment

    News Everyday


  • 04 - 21 - 16

    Florida biotech AGTC plans growth of Cambridge offices this year

    A story about AGTC, a gene therapy company based in Gainesville, FL, opening an office in Cambridge references the MassBiologics South Coast facility as a primary reason for the move.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 04 - 21 - 16

    Photos: Seen@ The UMass Medical School's Earth Day celebration

    Suzanne Wood, sustainability and energy efficiency manager, explains how UMMS encourages sustainability among staff, faculty and students during the medical school’s Earth Day celebration.

  • 04 - 21 - 16

    UMass Medical School celebrates Earth Day

    Suzanne Wood, sustainability and energy efficiency manager, explains how UMMS encourages sustainability among staff, faculty and students during the medical school’s Earth Day celebration.

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    8 Steps to Exodus from Your Bondage

    Machelle M. Seibel, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, offers eight tips for a healthy Passover.

    Atlanta Jewish Times

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    Participants in Massachusetts drug courts are overwhelmingly white

    Ira K. Packer, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry, is working with the Massachusetts trial courts to try to ascertain why participants in drug courts are predominantly white.

    Springfield Republican

  • 04 - 20 - 16

    Searching for reasons African-American men face increased risk of prostate cancer

    Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, chair and professor of urology,  explains that African-American and African men are more likely to develop life-threatening prostate cancer and thus, should be tested regularly.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 18 - 16

    Boston Marathon Runners Share Stories From the Finish Line

    Chris Benyo and his wife, Denise DiMarzo, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, competed in this year’s Boston Marathon to raise money for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund, which supports ALS research at UMass Medical School. Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is referenced in the story.


    WFXT Fox 25

    ALS News Today

  • 04 - 15 - 16

    Massive Monarch migrations. How do they know which way to go?

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology, discusses his new study, which sheds light on how monarch butterflies integrate various environmental clues in their brains in order to migrate thousands of miles to their overwintering grounds in Mexico.

    Christian Science Monitor

    Market Business News


    Maine News Online

    Washington News Wire

    The Independent

    Minnesota Daily

  • 04 - 15 - 16

    More and more doctors want to make marijuana legal

    An article about a group of physicians organizing nationally with the intent of legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana in the interest of public health includes comments from Peter Friedmann, MD, associate dean of research at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Health.

    Washington Post

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