News Makers 2014

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  • 10 - 30 - 14

    No Shortage of Tanning Beds for Students at Top Colleges in US

    Despite increasing the risk of skin cancer, tanning beds are available on-campus or in off-campus housing at nearly half of the nation’s top colleges, and access is frequently discounted or entirely free of charge, according to a new study from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    Good Morning America 
    NPR
    NBC News
    WHDH
    ABC News Chicago
    US News
    Science Codex
    Health Day
    Medical Xpress
    Tech Times

  • 10 - 29 - 14

    Life sciences in region looks ahead at panel in Worcester

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is quoted in an article about the need for the region’s life sciences industry to work together. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 29 - 14

    The Road To Hope In Liberia

    An op-ed by Chancellor Michael F. Collins asks that others follow the lead of UMass Medical School and its faculty in assisting Liberia’s overburdened health care system meet the demands imposed by the devastation of the Ebola outbreak.
    WBUR

  • 10 - 29 - 14

    UMass Medical School, Georgia company to partner in clinical study

    LumaMed and the UMass Medical School announced a clinical study using LumaMed's LumaScan imaging platform, which is designed to help surgeons visualize cancerous tissue on the margins of excised solid tumors during breast cancer surgery. Ashraf Khan, MD, professor of pathology is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Yahoo Finance

  • 10 - 28 - 14

    Studying Neuropathic Pain, at a Snail's Pace

    Ann R. Rittenhouse, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems, talks about research that could lead to the development of neuropathic pain therapies.
    Anesthesiology News

  • 10 - 28 - 14

    UMass Ebola Panel Addresses Questions, Concerns

    Donna Gallagher, MSN, MA, instructor in family medicine & community health and nursing and co-director of the UMMS Office of Global Health, was part of a panel at UMass Amherst that addressed concerns about Ebola.
    WGGB Fox Springfield

  • 10 - 28 - 14

    UMass Medical School to run center to aid courts on addiction, mental health

    The Worcester Trial Court has announced the creation of a Specialty Courts Center of Excellence at UMass Medical School.  The center will work with specialty courts that focus on defendants with substance abuse and mental health problems and will be run by Ira K. Packer, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette 
    Mass.gov

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    200 Experts to Discuss and Shape the Future of Brain Health, Gathered Around a Virtual Table

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, is taking part in the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit which features over 40 of the world’s top scientists and innovators working on ways to enhance brain fitness via neuroscience-based innovation.
    Houston Chronicle

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    Better chemotherapy through targeted delivery

    Urvashi M. Upadhyay, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, was the lead author of a study that suggests that delivering chemotherapy directly into the brain may offer a better way to treat tumors that have metastasized to the brain.
    MIT News
    Health Canal
    Drug Discovery & Development

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    Ebola: Fear Not

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost for global health, explains how the Ebola virus infects patients and how it has devastated the country of Liberia.
    WCVB Chronicle

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    Ebola's front line

    An editorial by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette lauds the collective expertise found at UMass Medical School, which will be a truly priceless ally in the battle against Ebola. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    Local Liberians Fight Stigma

    A story about how Worcester’s large Liberian population is reacting to the Ebola outbreak references UMass Medical School’s long relationship with the country of Liberia and includes comments from Chancellor Michael F. Collins.
    WCVB Chronicle

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    Mass. Patients Await Access To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is interviewed for a story related to the delays by the Department of Public Health in the implementation process for the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries.
    WGBH

  • 10 - 27 - 14

    New book tells backstory of birth control pill development in Worcester

    "The Birth of the Pill, How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution," talks about the discovery of the birth control pill invented by a team of scientists including Dr. Gregory G. Pincus, renowned reproductive biologist and co-founder of the Worcester Foundation.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 26 - 14

    Photo exhibit celebrates the lives and spirits of disabled

    A photo exhibit at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library called "Our Stories: Celebrating Four Decades of Living in the Community," captures the obstacles that lay in the path of many individuals with disabilities and celebrates the spirit of those who overcame them.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 23 - 14

    New ALS-associated Gene Identified

    A team of international scientists led by John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, has shown that TUBA4A, the gene encoding the Tubulin Alpha 4A protein, is associated with the familial form of the neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
    Bioscience Technology 
    Medical News Today

  • 10 - 23 - 14

    UMass Medical School to lead Ebola team in Liberia

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost for global health, talk about a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation that UMass Medical School will use to lead a team of academic partners to provide comprehensive relief efforts in Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak.
    Boston Globe
    WGBH Radio
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive.com
    Worcester News Tonight
    Mashable
    Reuters
    USA Today
    Geek Wire
    Los Angeles Times
    Worcester Business Journal
    Boston Business Journal
    Wall Street Journal
    The Seattle Times
    NESN
    Seahawks.com
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 23 - 14

    Worcester program gives young students hands-on medical experience

    Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, vice provost of school services and professor of cell biology, talks to WCVB about the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative, part of a grant program aimed at increasing the number of under-represented students in health care professions.
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 10 - 16 - 14

    UMass researchers expand use of light to treat cancer

    An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy. This promising new treatment strategy could expand the current use of photodynamic therapies to access deep-set cancer tumors.
    News Medical
    Med India
    Worcester Business Journal
    AZO Nano

  • 10 - 15 - 14

    Ebola survivor Richard Sacra: what we must do next

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, talks to Boston Magazine about how well-meaning efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are devastating the country’s health care system.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 15 - 14

    UMass researchers identify bipolar disorder genetic pathway

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders.
    Boston Globe
    WBUR (link unavailable)
    Medical News Today
    Worcester Business Journal
    Medical Xpress
    News Medical
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 13 - 14

    Broccoli compound shows promise for treating autism

    A small study led by Andrew Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, discovered that a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. 
    CBS News
    Science Alert
    Red Orbit
    Daily Digest
    Medical Xpress
    Science Recorder
    Medical Daily
    Fox News
    CBS Tampa

  • 10 - 09 - 14

    An Unforgettable Cry

    Stuart A. Weisberger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Alan Peter Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in an article about babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a term used to describe the cluster of symptoms which may be displayed by babies whose mothers used prescription or illegal opiates during pregnancy.  Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester's interim commissioner of public health, is also quoted in the article.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 10 - 09 - 14

    March of Dimes set to host Signature Chefs Auction

    Lynda M. Young, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, will receive the March of Dimes Community Leadership Award at the annual Central Massachusetts March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction scheduled for Oct. 20 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    A New Target for Controlling Inflammation?

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, co-authored an article providing a detailed overview of the multi-layered gene regulation systems that are activated when the immune system recognizes a pathogen or other external danger signal.
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food

    A new study from UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health finds that not having close access to healthy foods can discourage even the most motivated dieters. The study by Wenjun Li, PhD, et. al. was published online Oct. 7 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
    Psych Central
    Medical News Today
    Medical Xpress
    News Medical
    Zee News

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    How could technology help Latino’s manage diabetes?

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the high rate of Latinos who are at risk of developing diabetes.
    VOXII

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

    Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, associate professor of quantitative health sciences.
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 08 - 14

    UMass professor receives $4.2M grant to study paternal link to disease

    Oliver Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has received one of 10 highly competitive NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, which challenge investigators to develop groundbreaking approaches in biomedical or behavioral science. Dr. Rando’s project, “Role for small RNAs in sperm in control of offspring metabolism,” will focus on how a father’s diet can influence the metabolism of his children. 
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 07 - 14

    Coordinated Telehealth Is Key to Health Care’s New Normal

    An op-ed about efficiency in the health care industry references a recent study lead by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, which found that patients who received their ICU care as part of an eICU program were 26 percent more likely to survive the ICU and 16 percent more likely to survive hospitalization and be discharged. 
    US News & World Report

  • 10 - 04 - 14

    Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly Revealed

    An article about a recently published paper in Nature about Monarch butterflies.  The paper was coauthored by Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology.
    Science Codex
    Science Newsline
    Lab Product News

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    Down syndrome: what is the current focus of research?

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, talks about her research discovery that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome known as trisomy 21 could potentially be “switched off”. 
    Medical News Today

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    Monitoring "Developmental Milestones" in Kids

    Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA, instructor in family medicine & community health, joined NECN to discuss her work with the Centers for Disease Control and the Boston Children’s Museum to help parents track and celebrate developmental milestones in kids.
    NECN
    Comcast Sportsnet

  • 10 - 03 - 14

    What good is basic research?

    An op-ed written by Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell & developmental biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, explains how basic science discoveries made in Worcester have aided the quest to find a cure for Ebola and why funding for basic scientific research is critical.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 02 - 14

    "Of course I was concerned that I might die"

    A healthy but tired Rick Sacra, MD, read a statement and took questions at a press conference at UMass Medical School on Sept. 26, confirming that he likely contracted Ebola while caring for patients at ELWA Hospital in Liberia.
    The Landmark
    USA Today

  • 10 - 02 - 14

    Quest Diagnostics Unveils New State-of-the-Art Clinical Laboratory in Marlborough, Massachusetts

    Quest Diagnostics unveiled its new state-of-the-art clinical test laboratory in Marlborough.  About a dozen physicians and medical faculty employed by UMass Memorial Medical Group and the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide scientific leadership for several facets of laboratory testing for the Marlborough lab. They will also counsel the region's physicians in the selection and interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, collaborate on R&D, and assist with residency programs onsite for the University's medical students.
    Market Watch

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    A new target for controlling inflammation? Long non-coding RNAs fine-tune the immune system

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, co-authored a review article providing a detailed overview of the multi-layered gene regulation systems that are activated when the immune system recognizes a pathogen or other external danger signal.
    Medical Xpress
    Latinos Health

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Dr. DeBenedectis Discusses Breast Cancer Prevention with Senator

    Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, assistant professor of radiology was recently interviewed by Senator Harriette Chandler on Worcester Cable TV on Beacon Hill Chat.
    WCCATV Beacon Hill Chat

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Nuclear Cartography

    Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks about mapping long-range DNA interactions as part of the ENCODE project.
    The Scientist

  • 10 - 01 - 14

    Suicide prevention gathering at Smith College

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UMMS Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety, spoke to 22 News about a program on suicide prevention being held at Smith College.
    WWLP 22 News