News Makers 2012

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  • 10 - 31 - 12

    Adding Soy to Diet Does Not Affect Onset of Menopausal Hot Flashes

    Sybil L. Crawford, PhD, professor of medicine, is a co-investigator on a recent study about the relationship between soy and menopausal symptoms that was published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society.
    Science Daily

  • 10 - 31 - 12

    Adviser to family doctors lists points of advice

    Frank J. Domino, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, gives examples of good medical practices for family physicians based on the latest research at the 2012 AAFP Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia.
    Philly.com

  • 10 - 31 - 12

    Asia and Ashley Matthew Excellence Times Two

    An article about identical twin sisters Asia and Ashley Matthew, first year students in the MD/PhD program, explores their journey from Roxbury to Xavier University to UMass Medical School.
    Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

  • 10 - 31 - 12

    Less Capacity Is The Coolest

    Gary Valcourt, senior director of capital planning and management for UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks to Engineering Systems about the challenges associated with renovating and modernizing the HVAC system used for cooling at the Hahnemann campus.
    Engineered Systems

  • 10 - 30 - 12

    Region grapples with impact of Sandy's winds

    Gina Smith, RN, director of emergency preparedness for UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about hospital readiness during hurricane Sandy.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 30 - 12

    Suicide epidemic hits corrections officers

    Representatives from UMass Medical School will take part in a meeting with national law enforcement and other health officials later this year to review a recent rash of suicides involving correctional facility guards.
    Clarion Ledger

  • 10 - 28 - 12

    ‘Lean’ approach to health care

    Charles E. Cavagnaro III, MD, president and chief executive of Wing Memorial Hospital and instructor in medicine, and Robert A. Klugman, MD, chief quality officer and senior vice president at UMass Memorial Medical Center and associate professor of medicine, are quoted in an article about hospitals using manufacturing management techniques to help control medical spending.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 12

    Featured speakers at business expo

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins is scheduled to be the guest speaker at this year’s Central Mass Business Expo on November 1st at the DCU Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 12

    MBI business incubator boasts a high success rate

    An article about EpigenDX, a startup biotech company that once occupied space provided by Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, referenced the collaboration MBI has with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the benefits it brings to the organization’s clients.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 12

    UMass Memorial team tackles difficult disorders

    Michael Flynn, MD, MHS, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Jyot Saini, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, are quoted in an article about urogynecological afflictions. Pictured are members of the urogynecology team at UMass Memorial Medical Center: Danielle Patterson, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, Dr. Saini, Dr. Flynn, Jenn L. Porter, senior administrative assistant, Tina M. Glavin, senior administrative assistant and Dorene F. Boudreau, LPN.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 26 - 12

    Flu season outlook: under control

    In an article about the upcoming flu season, Robert W. Finberg, MD, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair and professor of medicine and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, explains how this year’s flu vaccine was formulated. Pictured administering a flu shot at the Holden Senior Center is GSN student Joanne Nhan, class of 2014.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 26 - 12

    Health Watch Pancreatic Cancer

    Jennifer LaFemina, MD, assistant professor of surgery, was featured on a recent edition of Charter TV3’s Health Watch, where she discussed the upcoming Pancreatic Cancer Symposium scheduled for October 30th.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 10 - 26 - 12

    Plank-A-Day

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, stops by the news room at the Boston Globe to talk about plank-a-day and to plank with the reporters.
    Boston.com

  • 10 - 26 - 12

    Worcester MD a Finalist for Compassionate Caregiver Award

    John K. Zawacki, MD, professor of medicine, has been named a finalist for the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 10 - 25 - 12

    Asia and Ashley Matthew: Excellence Times Two

    An article about identical twin sisters Asia and Ashley Matthew, first year students in the MD/PhD program, explores their journey from Roxbury to Xavier University to UMass Medical School.
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education

  • 10 - 25 - 12

    Caffeine OD: The dangers of too much caffeine

    Richard J. Church, MD, assistant professor in emergency medicine, talks to NECN about the adverse affects of highly caffeinated energy drinks.
    NECN

  • 10 - 25 - 12

    Pivotal Findings on Autoimmune Disease Shared at Lupus Research Institute "Forum for Discovery"

    Ann Marshak-Rothstein, MD, professor of medicine, presented new research at The 12th Annual Lupus Research Institute (LRI) Scientific Conference.
    Reuters
    Pharmalive.com
    St. Louis Business Journal
    Los Angeles Business Times

  • 10 - 25 - 12

    UMass Memorial Achieves Breast Center Accreditation

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a part of the American College of Surgeons. Robert M. Quinlan, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in the article.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Shrewsbury Patch

  • 10 - 24 - 12

    Milford Regional Introduces Bariatric Surgery

    John Kelly, MD, associate professor of surgery, and Phillip Cohen, MD, assistant professor of surgery, will begin performing bariatric surgery at Milford Hospital.
    Milford Patch

  • 10 - 24 - 12

    To your health when dining out, from WooFood

    Medical students Mitch Li, 2013, Matt DeWolf, 2014, and Adam 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

  • 10 - 24 - 12

    UMass Medical School Professor Portrays the Brain’s Functions as Art

    Vivian Budnik, PhD, professor of neurobiology, is exhibiting her drawings of the brain in an Artist in Residence exhibit at the Lamar Soutter Library entitled “Brainscapes.” Dr. Brudnick along with Nancy Linnehan, co-chair of the cultural events team at the Lamar Soutter Library, are both quoted in the story.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 10 - 22 - 12

    'Consortium’s Got Talent' brings out the best in colleges

    UMass Medical School joins other Worcester area colleges in the third annual “Consortium’s Got Talent” competition on Nov. 1 at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts presented by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 22 - 12

    South Hadley notes: State ballot questions

    James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, will speak at a forum about the state ballot question concerning the legalization of medical marijuana in South Hadley on October 25th.
    MassLive.com

  • 10 - 22 - 12

    The Oval Off-ice

    For the first time, on Nov. 30, the city will open the public outdoor ice skating rink on the Common, behind City Hall. UMass Medical School is one of the sponsors.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 21 - 12

    Adviser to family doctors lists points of advice

    Frank J. Domino, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, gives examples of good medical practices for family physicians based on the latest research at the 2012 AAFP Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia.
    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 10 - 21 - 12

    Pink Revolution takes aim at fundraising issue

    A story about year-round fund raising for breast cancer research talks about how the donated funds are spent and includes comments from Audrey Kurlan-Marcy, co-founder of Pink Revolution, which raises funds for the Comprehensive Breast Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 20 - 12

    Exchange Could Drive Up Costs For Catamount Health Users

    An article about Vermont’s plan to move to a single payer health care system references UMass Medical School, which is drafting a financing plan for the program on behalf of the state of Vermont.
    Vermont Public Radio

  • 10 - 18 - 12

    A mother’s best friend

    Mary Elizabeth Gamache, CNM, NP, clinical instructor in obstetrics & gynecology, talks about the prenatal care available at UMass Memorial Medical Center from certified nurse-midwives.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 10 - 18 - 12

    Dr. Pertusi Discusses Arthritis

    Raymond Pertusi, DO, a rheumatologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was recently featured in the Health Watch segment on Worcester News Tonight to discuss osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as some of the myths associated with these conditions.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 10 - 18 - 12

    Group raises the alarm over allowing medical marijuana

    Jay B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, offers his views at a recent meeting on the Nov. 6 state ballot question concerning the legalization of medical marijuana.
    Patriot Ledger

  • 10 - 17 - 12

    UMass Memorial Health Care to sell lab business

    Quest Diagnostics Inc has signed an agreement to purchase the clinical outreach laboratory business of UMass Memorial Health Care for an undisclosed price.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Boston.com
    Worcester Business Journal
    Boston Herald
    Boston Business Journal
    IVD Technology

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    Carnegie Institution and UMass Medical School granted broad US Patent related to RNA interference

    The Carnegie Institution for Science and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have been granted U.S. Patent 8,283,329, entitled, "Genetic inhibition of double-stranded RNA." The patent, issued on October 9, 2012, is broadly directed to the use of RNA interference (RNAi) to inhibit expression of a target gene in animal cells, including mammalian cells. Craig C. Mello, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell & developmental biology, co-discovered RNAi in 1998 and received the Nobel Prize for his work in 2006.
    Physorg.com

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    Lupus Research Institute Awards First $1 Million Private Sector Research Grants to Uncover the Root Causes of Lupus That Can Drive to a Cure

    The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) has named Ann Marshak-Rothstein, MD, professor of medicine, one of two recipients of the first LRI Distinguished Innovator Awards. Created to provide outstanding scientists with support for conducting novel research into the fundamental causes of lupus, the $1 million Distinguished Innovator Award was established to address the current lack of treatments for lupus and aims to encourage new directions toward a cure or prevention.
    Market Watch
    News Medical
    Physorg.com

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    Mass. Firefighters Learn to Defend Themselves

    An article about a program offering self-defense tactics for Worcester EMS staff members includes quotes from Dan Meisels, director of the UMass Memorial EMS program.
    Firehouse.com

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    Twitter can help you lose weight

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks to the Fox 25 Morning Show about the impact social media has on weight loss.
    Fox25

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    UMass launches fundraising campaign

    In an op-ed University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret talks about the impact UMass has on the Commonwealth and the importance of both public and private support for the public university system. Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, and Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, were mentioned in the article.

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    UMass Medical School Building Earns LEED Silver

    The Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first building in UMass Medical School's history to achieve such status. Terence R. Flotte, MD, theCelia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, is quoted in the article.
    Banker & Tradesman
    Worcester Business Journal
    Immortality Medicine
    World Medical School
    Grays Medicine
    IPS Cell Therapy
    World Interior Design

  • 10 - 16 - 12

    UMass Memorial Health Care Teams Up with Informatica and MedCPU on Innovative Solution for Reducing Preventable Readmissions

    UMass Memorial Health Care is implementing new technology to reduce the frequency of preventable readmissions. George Brenckle, CIO and senior vice president at UMass Memorial Health Care is quoted in the article.
    Enhanced Online News

  • 10 - 15 - 12

    Cummings School makes dance video to cure cancer

    The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine created a video for the Pink Glove Competition 2012. If they win, the Cummings School will donate the $10,000 prize to the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center.
    The Tufts Daily

  • 10 - 15 - 12

    Decision-Making Tool Embraces Drug-Choice Variables

    John Poikonen, PharmD, clinical informatics director at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about a newly developed computerized decision-making tool that considers evidence-based medicine plus factors like social, legal and ethical concerns to help hospitals determine which perioperative drugs to stock in their formulary.
    Pharmacy Practice News

  • 10 - 15 - 12

    Hospitals Ditch Formula Samples to Promote Breast-Feeding

    An article about a nationwide effort to ban free infant formula samples given to new mothers when they’re released from the hospital. Ellen H. Delpapa, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology is quoted in the article.
    New York Times

  • 10 - 12 - 12

    Changing lives at UMass

    An op-ed by President Robert L. Caret highlights how the University of Massachusetts is continuing to transform individual lives and make our communities, our state and our nation smarter and more competitive. In the article, he references the UMass Medical School students who started WooFood.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 12 - 12

    Chelmsford Gets $150,000 Earmark in Patrick Capital Investment Plan

    Article about Governor Patrick’s five-year capital investment plan references the construction of the Sherman Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Chelmsford Patch

  • 10 - 12 - 12

    Early awareness central in mental health issues

    A story about Alison Malmon, creator of Active Minds, a nonprofit organization advocating communication among young people about mental illness, includes comments from Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Phoebe Moore, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 10 - 12 - 12

    Marlborough Hospital Expands Surgery Offerings

    Marlborough Hospital will expand its surgical offerings with the addition of a new surgeon, Philip Cohen, who specializes in digestive diseases, weight loss surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and small bowel and hernia conditions. Marlborough Hospital CEO Karen Moore is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 10 - 12

    Companies Try Tested Techniques to Cut Employee Stress

    A story about using mindfulness techniques in the workplace references UMass Medical School and the Oct. 10 Wall Street Journal story quoting Diana Kamila, a senior instructor at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. 
    ABA Journal

  • 10 - 10 - 12

    To Cut Office Stress, Try Butterflies and Meditation?

    A story about using mindfulness techniques in the workplace references the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School and includes comments from Diana Kamila, a senior instructor at the center
    Wall Street Journal

  • 10 - 09 - 12

    First contractor for single payer financing plan backs out; proposal on track for January report to the Legislature

    An article about Vermont’s plan to move to a single payer health care system references UMass Medical School, which is drafting a financing plan for the program on behalf of the state of Vermont.
    The Vermont Journalism Trust 

  • 10 - 09 - 12

    How To Pay For Single Payer? The Answer Will Have To Wait

    An article about Vermont’s plan to move to a single payer health care system references UMass Medical School, which is drafting a financing plan for the program on behalf of the state of Vermont.
    Vermont Public Radio

  • 10 - 09 - 12

    Lilly drug may slow memory loss in mild Alzheimer’s

    David A. Drachman, MD, professor of neurology, questions a study released by a pharmaceutical company which found that an experimental Alzheimer’s drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months.
    Reuters

  • 10 - 07 - 12

    Breast cancer research brings hope, but challenges remain

    Brighton-Pittsford Post

    A story about new advances in breast cancer detection includes comments from Robert Quinlan, MD, professor of surgery, about the need to provide better access to health care for patients.

  • 10 - 07 - 12

    UMMS study looks at joint replacement surgery

    UMass Medical School is leading a consortium of academic medical centers in establishing Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR.) In the article, Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, explain the importance of the registry and how it will work. 
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 10 - 03 - 12

    Threat to funds haunts Boston’s science labs

    An article about the impact looming federal budget cuts would have on medical research references UMass Medical School.
    The Boston Globe

  • 10 - 02 - 12

    Defeat marijuana measure

    In an op-ed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Leonard J. Morse, MD, clinical professor of medicine and family medicine & community health, offers his views on the Nov. 6 ballot question concerning the legalization of medical marijuana.

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence awards recognizes 14 scientists

    The NIH announced grants totaling $30.3 million to expand the ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (ENCODE). Zhiping Weng, PhD, director of the Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, will receive $8 million to lead the ENCODE Data Analysis Center and perform integrated analyses of all ENCODE data.
    PharmPro

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    Brown, Warren debate in Lowell

    In a wrap-up of the Massachusetts Senate debate held at UMass Lowell, Chancellor Marty Meehan references the strong partnership his institution has with UMass Medical School and Chancellor Michael Collins.
    Boston.com

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    Cell Therapeutics OPAXIOTM Receives Orphan Drug Designation for Malignant Brain Cancer from FDA

    UMass Memorial Medical Center will take part in a clinical trial for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme ("GBM"), a malignant brain cancer.
    Business Review Canada

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    Health Reform II: A Doctor's Diagnosis

    Richard Aghababian, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMass Medical School, wrote an opinion piece addressing positive elements of health care cost reform as well as some of his concerns.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    Newly developed nanoparticles shine from deep within biological tissue

    Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, is part of an international team of scientists who’ve developed a new nanoparticle that can provide deep-tissue imaging.
    Gizmag
    In-PharmaTechnologist.com

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    NightSide – Gov Paul Cellucci And Michael Collins Join Dan Rea To Talk About ALS

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci talk with WBZ’s Dan Rea about his battle with ALS and fundraising efforts for the UMass ALS Champion Fund. In the interview Cellucci refers to Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, as one of the preeminent ALS researchers in the world and the medical school as a power house research institute.
    WBZ Radio

  • 10 - 01 - 12

    Sex and the Superbug

    Peter A. Rice, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the challenges in developing a vaccine for gonorrhea, which is increasingly becoming antibiotic resistance.
    The New Yorker