News Makers 2016

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  • 07 - 13 - 16

    As I See It: Better care for children in foster care

    An op-ed by Heather C. Forkey, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, calls for supporting federal legislation that would require mental health residential programs for adolescents to meet common-sense standards for licensed clinical and nursing staff.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 13 - 16

    Senate advances bill to tackle opioid addictions

    An article about a federal  bill to combat the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic includes a photo of GSN student Morgan Brescia as she  participates in a simulation of treatment for a patient coping with addiction.

    Washington Times

  • 07 - 13 - 16

    Shocking New Role Found for the Immune System: Controlling Social Interactions

    A study by Vladimir Litvak, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, shows that the immune system plays a role in social interactions in mice.


  • 07 - 07 - 16

    Nutrition and epigenetics link found in mice

    Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, comments on a new study that links parental diet with inherited epigenetic modifications in offspring.

    Chemical and Engineering News

  • 07 - 06 - 16

    Teledermatology Scores Big With Doctors and Patients

    Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine,  and Thomas J. Scornavacca, Jr., DO, instructor in family medicine & community health, are quoted in an article about a new teledermatology system being developed by 3Derm.

    mHealth Intelligence

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 06 - 16

    UMass business school expansion turns to private sector for donations

    An article about UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management raising private funds for a 70,000-square-foot expansion mentions that UMass Medical School topped $26 million in private donations for the Lazare Research Building, the largest private fund raising for a building in the system’s history.

    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 05 - 16

    Researchers look to biosensors as way to monitor opioid use

    A study by Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, found that wristbands monitoring skin temperature and movement can be used to track and predict opioid use with a fair degree of accuracy. The ability to identify instances of opioid use and opioid tolerance in real time could be helpful to manage pain or substance abuse treatment.

    Health Data Management

  • 07 - 03 - 16

    AIDS Project Worcester marks successes as it builds needle-exchange program

    Erik J. Garcia, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, explains that a "low-barrier" to syringe services among drug addicts can help reduce transmission of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 03 - 16

    Critics: State doctor rank system is misleading

    An article about the Group Insurance Commission, the body that oversees health insurance for the state’s 430,000 state and municipal workers, retirees and their family members, includes comments from Joseph L. Bouchard, MD, assistant professor of medicine.

    Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

  • 07 - 03 - 16

    Springfield native son Sean T. Collins promoted to general, named to Pentagon post

    Graduate School of Nursing alum Sean T. Collins, PhD, was promoted to brigadier general in the Air National Guard and will serve at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A veteran of more than 20 years with the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, the Southwick native will serve as the assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

    Springfield Republican

  • 07 - 01 - 16

    Comeback for Google Glass?

    Peter R. Chai, MD,  instructor in emergency medicine, explains how Google Glass is being used to perform emergency medicine and toxicology consultations.


    Android Headline

    EE Times

  • 07 - 01 - 16

    Congressman McGovern, Community Servings look to future of nonprofit food delivery

    Mireya Wessolossky, MD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about food and nutrition nonprofit Community Servings, which just delivered its 100,000th meal in Worcester, becoming a template for a national movement to deliver quality food to sick and medically needy citizens.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 06 - 30 - 16

    Two Minutes With . . . Dr. Mike Hirsh

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the importance of preventing injuries and the uncertain science around e-cigarettes.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 06 - 29 - 16

    Genes Control the Behavior & Health of Dogs, More Information Needed

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

    Live Trading News

    Cape Cod News

  • 06 - 29 - 16

    State launches safe summer driving campaign

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the dangers of driving while distracted at UMass Memorial Medical Center during the kick-off of a new publicity campaign aimed at steering motorists toward safe driving habits this summer.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    State House News vis Berkshire Eagle

  • 06 - 29 - 16

    Years and miles apart, UMass doctor and patient reunite

    Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, reunites with 21-year-old Katy Drennan to perform a second bypass for a rare aortic condition he first repaired while at UC San Francisco 18 years ago in the then 3 year old.

    Worcester Magazine

    WFXT-Fox 25 Boston

    WHDH-TV Boston

  • 06 - 28 - 16

    Calling All Twentysomethings: Your DNA Could Help Cure Disease

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, explains how biobanks that collect samples of serum, plasma, DNA, and RNA from patients with a variety of diseases can facilitate clinical research into new disease therapeutics.

  • 06 - 28 - 16

    U.S. medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse

    In response to the opioid crisis, Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health, explains how UMass Medical School is using advanced medical simulation programs to teach medical students and health care providers how to be safely prescribe the highly addictive medications.

    Associated Press

    Associated Press Television

    ABC News
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Fox News Health
    Fall River Herald
    Washington Post
    Fairbanks Daily News Miner
    Boston Herald

  • 06 - 27 - 16

    2016 Lupus Insight Prize goes to University of Massachusetts professor

    Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, professor of medicine, received the 2016 Lupus Insight Prize for promising research to improve the treatment of the lupus-related skin disease called cutaneous lupus.

    Lupus News Today

  • 06 - 27 - 16

    Finding exercise that speaks to you, making it fun

    An article about finding the exercise that suits your personal needs includes comments from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.

    Chicago Tribune

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