News Makers 2011

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  • 11 - 29 - 11

    Patriots players visit UMass Memorial, bring smiles to children

    Players from the New England Patriots stop by the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center as part of the team's week-long focus on health care volunteerism.

    NECN

  • 11 - 29 - 11

    UMass Medical School wins AARP worker recognition

    UMass Medical School is named to AARP’s 2011 list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. Patricia Keith, academic administrator and chair of the 20-member mature workforce committee, Susanna Perkins, administrative manager, and Edith Cullen, administrator contracts division, were interviewed for the story.

    Fifty Plus Advocates

  • 11 - 27 - 11

    Worcester’s new mayor has big job ahead

    An op-ed by Peter Cohan credits UMMS for attracting world-class scientific talent to the area.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 24 - 11

    $3.4B set for projects statewide

    An article about statewide capital spending references the Albert Sherman Center.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 24 - 11

    Holiday is tailor-made for traditions

    A story about Thanksgiving day traditions includes comments from Sherry Lynn Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, about the caloric value of those traditions.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 23 - 11

    Butterfly’s epic journey comes to light

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, discusses his research sequencing the half-billion letters that make up the monarch butterfly’s genome and how it will help shed light on certain human diseases.

    Butterfly’s epic journey comes to light
    Boston Globe

    Monarch butterfly genome sequenced
    Boston.com

    Monarch Butterfly Genome Gives Clues about Slew of Migration Mysteries
    Scientific America

    Monarch butterfly genome gives clues about slew of migration mysteries
    Nature

    Monarch Butterfly Genome Sequenced
    Science Daily

    Scientists Reveal Monarch Butterfly Genome
    US News

    Researchers Sequence Monarch Butterfly’s Genome
    redOrbit

    Monarch butterfly's genome revealed
    Daily News & Analysis

  • 11 - 22 - 11

    A proven way to cure for the poor and sick

    An article about the Senior Care Options (SCO) program in Massachusetts references a UMMS survey of SCO members which found that they "were quite happy with the program, the services they received, and the personnel who provided them." 

    The Boston Globe

  • 11 - 21 - 11

    How learning to cook is helping doctors give nutritional advice

    Barbara C. Olendzki, RD, MPH, director of nutrition and assistant professor of medicine, and Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talks about a new healthy cooking program at UMass Medical School designed for doctors so they can better understand what it means to prepare and eat the foods they are recommending to patients. Lynn Li, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, is also quoted in the story.

    American Medical News

  • 11 - 21 - 11

    Movers & Shakers

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, is named to Grove Instruments Inc.’s scientific advisory board.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 11 - 21 - 11

    Seeing cancer in three dimensions

    A revolutionary new method to generate a complete, three-dimensional model of a cell’s chromosomes developed by Job Dekker, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and molecular medicine, is used to study principles governing genome alterations in cancer cells.

    Health Canal

  • 11 - 18 - 11

    Smokers try to kick the habit in the annual Smokeout

    Gregory Seward, MSCHA, director of the tobacco free initiative at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is interviewed for a story about the 36th annual Great American Smokeout.

    NECN

  • 11 - 17 - 11

    A Mother’s Fight for Newborn Hearts

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, explains how a simple test called pulse oximetry, used to check newborns for potentially lethal heart defects, was added to the nationally recommended panel of tests for newborns.

    New York Times

  • 11 - 17 - 11

    The Albert Sherman Center Well Under Way

    A look at the progress of the Sherman Center, currently under construction, includes comments from John Baker, associate vice chancellor of facilities.

    High-Profile Monthly

  • 11 - 16 - 11

    Medicine Enters a New Era

    An article about electronic medical records systems includes comments from Karen Marhefka, associate chief information officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 11 - 15 - 11

    New Developments In Research For Deadly Tay-Sachs Disease

    Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology, was interviewed by RadioBoston host Jessica Alpert about his research on a gene therapy treatment for Tay-Sachs Disease.

    WBUR Radio Boston

  • 11 - 15 - 11

    Physician Artist Exhibits at Westboro Gallery

    James Barry Hanshaw, MD, professor of pediatrics and dean emeritus, displayed his art work at Westboro Gallery.

    Westborough Patch (video)

  • 11 - 14 - 11

    Mass. research funding at risk

    A story about the proposed budget reductions in federal research funding examines the possible impact cuts would have on research at local institutions, including UMass Medical School.

    Boston Globe

  • 11 - 13 - 11

    Business Briefs: Drug suppresses hepatitis C virus

    A human monoclonal antibody developed by MassBiologics and given to patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection undergoing liver transplantation significantly suppressed the virus for at least a week after transplant and delayed the time to viral rebound according to a new study presented at The Liver Meeting. Deborah C. Molrine, MD, MPH, deputy director of clinical and regulatory affairs and associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted in the article.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 13 - 11

    Sustainability is the new buzzword at businesses big and small

    Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager, discusses a few of the programs that UMass Medical School has implemented in order to maximize resources in an effort to be more sustainable.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 12 - 11

    Author speaks at Hanover

    Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke at the Hanover Theatre last week as part of the UMass Medical School Distinguished Speaker Series.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 11 - 11 - 11

    First Human Gene Therapy Trial Planned For Deadly Tay-Sachs Disease

    A story about a gene therapy treatment for Tay-Sachs disease being developed at UMass Medical School includes comments from principal investigator Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology and Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems.

    WBUR Boston

  • 11 - 11 - 11

    HPV vaccine increasingly recommended for boys too

    A story about the CDC recommending that 11 and 12 year old boys receive the HPV vaccine includes comments from Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric cardiology.

    CTV Ottawa

  • 11 - 09 - 11

    Aetna to lead quality study of CT health care

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research will work with Aetna Foundation and four other healthcare foundations in Connecticut to survey how well healthcare is delivered in the state

    Hartford Business Journal

  • 11 - 09 - 11

    Goodwin kicks off Distinguished Speaker Series

    As part of the UMass Medical School Distinguished Speaker Series, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak at the Hanover Theatre on Thursday, November 10.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Autism Researchers Discover ‘Epigenetic’ Changes

    Research by Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD, director of the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and professor of psychiatry and Zhiping Weng, PhD, director of the Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, is the first to map epigenetic signatures for autism which overlap with known genetic risk factors.

    Autism Researchers Discover ‘Epigenetic’ Changes
    Autism Speaks

    Researchers Find New Factors in Autism Profile
    MedPage Today

    Prefrontal Cortex Epigenetic Signatures In Brain Tissue Of People With Autism
    Medical News Today

    UMMS researchers identify epigenetic signatures of autism
    Eureka Alert

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Doctors sometimes fail to report child abuse

    New research finds that physicians may not be accurately judging when to report cases that might constitute child abuse to authorities. Kimberly A. Schwartz, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and a member of the child protection program at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, was quoted in the story about the need for better communication between physicians and the state.

    Boston.com

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Experimental drug suppresses rebound of hepatitis C virus in liver transplant patients

    A human monoclonal antibody given to patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection undergoing liver transplantation significantly suppressed the virus for at least a week after transplant. Quoted in the story was Deborah C. Molrine, MD, deputy director of clinical and regulatory affairs.

    Eureka Alert

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Grants, programs like Guard Support, push to open doors to make room for veterans

    A story about how some employers are helping veterans transition into the civilian workforce references Commonwealth Medicine’s Veterans Associates Program. (subscription required)

    Boston Business Journal

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Serving up a passion for food and nutrition

    Medical students Mitch Li, 2013, Matt DeWolf, 2014, andAdam Chin, 2014, talk about WooFood, a nutrition project they started with a Learn and Serve grant, aimed at encouraging healthful eating habits.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 07 - 11

    Smart phone turned into vital signs monitor

    David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, is working with faculty at WPI to test a new smartphone application that can detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients.

    Worcester Business Journal

    British Journal of Health Care Computing

  • 11 - 06 - 11

    Worcester biotech startups get a boost

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    An op-ed about the biotech industry in Worcester references UMass Medical School.

  • 11 - 02 - 11

    Robert Caret inaugurated as new UMass president

    Robert L. Caret is inaugurated as the 26th president of the University of Massachusetts in a ceremony held at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

    Boston Herald

  • 11 - 02 - 11

    UMass Medical School to help Liberia

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School is working with the University of Liberia and Indiana University on a $7.2-million grant to establish health care training programs in Liberia. Katherine Ruiz De Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, were both quoted in the story.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    $7.2 million project will address a national shortage of health care workers in Liberia
    Indiana University News Room – November 2, 2011

  • 11 - 02 - 11

    Vaccine, communication key

    An op-ed by Diane R. Blake-Johnson, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, talks about how important the HPV vaccine is for preventing certain forms of cancer.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 11 - 01 - 11

    Alvirne graduate recognized for 'Leading by Example'

    Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager, received a Leading By Example award from Gov. Patrick for achievements in clean energy and environmental quality including the development of the Growing Green website and newsletter. This is the first time a Leading By Example award has been given to an individual.

    Sentinel and Enterprise