News Makers 2013

- archived News Makers -
  • 03 - 31 - 13

    Doctor to receive public health award

    Linda D. Sagor, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics, is this year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 31 - 13

    Medical School researchers win grants

    Researchers Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; Jie Song, PhD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation; Stephen C. Miller, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; and Paul D. Kaufman, PhD, professor of molecular medicine; recently received $25,000 research grants through the Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property Technology Development Fund at UMass.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 13

    Doctors at odds

    Stephen T. Earls, MD, clinical associate professor in family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about proposed regulation which would require tighter control of drugs that include hydrocodone, an opioid found in Vicodin and dozens of other brand-name products.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 13

    From survival to real recovery

    A patient who was pronounced brain dead after an accident back in 2004, credits Gerald T. McGillicuddy, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery as his saving grace.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 13

    Milford establishes satellite Kennedy community health center

    In an article about the importance of affordable health care being offered through the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, UMass Medical School is credited as the seventh largest producer of primary care physicians in the country.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 13

    Texting and Driving Dangers

    Mariann M. Manno, MD, professor of pediatrics, talks about the impact of auto accidents due to distracted driving.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 03 - 28 - 13

    At Statehouse, all's OK with UMass Med purchase of biotech park

    UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Worcester City Manager met before the Legislature’s Education Committee to discuss the school’s recent agreement to contribute nearly $1.58 million over five years to support education programs in Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 28 - 13

    Exosomes can transfer membrane proteins, study reveals

    Important new research from UMass Medical School demonstrates how exosomes shuttle proteins from neurons to muscle cells where they take part in critical signaling mechanisms, an exciting discovery that means these tiny vehicles could one day be loaded with therapeutic agents, such as RNA interference (RNAi), and directly target disease-carrying cells.
    News-Medical.net

  • 03 - 28 - 13

    Farewell party for UMass Memorial CEO

    John G. O'Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care since 2002, says goodbye to staff and friends.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 28 - 13

    Hip Replacement Worth the Cost, Says Study

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, is quoted in an article about hip replacement.
    Medscape

  • 03 - 28 - 13

    Precise makeup of diet affects health in powerful ways, UMass worm research suggests

    A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD, co-director of the program in systems biology and professor of molecular medicine, discusses her new work which shows that the precise composition of a diet can have profound health effects, suggesting that exactly what’s in each mouthful may matter more than anyone anticipated.
    Boston.com

  • 03 - 27 - 13

    Life science is a life saver for Bay State, MetroWest

    The Albert Sherman Center is referenced in an article about Governor Patrick’s investment in the life science industries.
    MetroWest Daily News

  • 03 - 27 - 13

    Pregnancy weight gain versus being overweight

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was featured on NECN where she discussed unhealthy attitudes towards pregnancy weight gain.
    NECN

  • 03 - 27 - 13

    UMass Medical School will pay Worcester $1.58M

    UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins is quoted in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette regarding a new economic and educational support agreement the medical school has reached with the city of Worcester. UMMS will contribute nearly $1.58 million over five years to support programs in Worcester that create a skilled and technologically literate workforce, including contributions to the Worcester Public Library and the biotech and bioscience programs at Worcester Technical High School.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    MassLive.com
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 26 - 13

    UMass Memorial EMS Trains Motorcycle Group in CPR (begins at mark 2:00)

    Richard Nudam, training coordinator in emergency medicine, talks about a recent CPR training course.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 03 - 25 - 13

    HealthAlliance Tops Consumer Reports' Hospital Safety Ranking

    HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, which is a member of Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health Care, scored the highest safety rating in the state in Consumer Reports' ranking released this month. The magazine offers independent reviews of consumer products and services.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 25 - 13

    Paramedic Dan Hehir Discusses How Common Emergency Home Births Are

    Dan Hehir, a paramedic in emergence medicine, talks about a recent emergency call for assistance in delivering a baby.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 03 - 25 - 13

    Worcester firefighters deliver baby girl at family’s apartment

    Worcester firefighters and UMass Memorial Medical Center EMTs assist in delivering a baby girl.
    Boston Globe
    NECN

  • 03 - 25 - 13

    Worcester Sharks host suicide prevention program

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, was at the DCU Center Sunday to promote efforts to prevent suicides in Central Massachusetts. In a talk, Dr. Feldman stressed the importance of confronting the issue with people who showed the potential to attempt suicide. The event was sponsored by the SHINE Initiative, the Central Mass. Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Worcester Sharks.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 22 - 13

    Worcester Students to Learn about Careers for Women in Science

    The 17th Annual Women in Science Conference, sponsored by the EcoTarium and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was held over the weekend. The conference is designed to give seventh and eighth grade girls the opportunity to explore careers in the sciences.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 03 - 21 - 13

    Health Watch Perinatal Depression

    Nancy Byatt, DO, assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses the signs of perinatal depression, which occurs during pregnancy and can last up to one year after delivery, and potential treatment options.
    Charter TV3

  • 03 - 21 - 13

    New UMass Memorial chief targets reform

    Speaking at the F.J. Aspinwall Symposium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday, Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and the newly named president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, said it’s possible to come up with better health care delivery systems in a place like Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 03 - 21 - 13

    Shrewsbury Street neighbors express concerns about UMass psychiatric facility

    The Shrewsbury Street Neighborhood Association voices concerns about UMass Memorial Health Care’s plans to relocate its outpatient psychiatric services to the neighborhood.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 21 - 13

    WPI and UMass Medical School Team Up to Improve Healthcare Delivery

    UMass Medical School (UMMS) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have established a new strategic affiliation to foster joint research and educational programs that improve health care delivery. The five-year affiliation agreement creates a partnership between WPI’s Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) and UMMS to bring clinical, scientific, engineering and business management expertise to bear on a range of complex challenges facing the health care system.
    WPI News
    UMassMedNow
    IPS Cell Therapy
    Becker's Hospital Review
    HealthTechZone.com

  • 03 - 20 - 13

    Relieving stress through mindfulness

    An article about the growing trend of practicing “mindfulness” in the workplace, references the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS.
    Consumer Affairs

  • 03 - 20 - 13

    UMass Doctor Scores $150K Grant From March of Dimes

    Chinmay M. Trivedi, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded the Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award grant from the March of Dimes Foundation.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 03 - 19 - 13

    Affordable Care Act At 3: A Snapshot In Massachusetts

    An update on the Affordable Care Act references the Early Innovator Grant, which was awarded to a consortium of New England states and is being led by UMass Medical School.
    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 03 - 19 - 13

    M2D2 venture competition kicks off Wednesday

    The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School initiative, is sponsoring the 2013 M2D2 New Venture Competition Showcase to find top medical-device startups, product designs and technologies. Winner will be awarded $20,000 in engineering, business, legal and medical services.
    Lowell Sun

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    Central Mass. Sweating Federal Budget Cuts’ Potential Impacts

    The apparent cure of a Mississippi toddler infected with HIV at birth, is just one of the many medical breakthroughs that might be sacrificed if looming federal budget cuts to medical research are instituted according to UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    Harvard, MIT thwart effort to cap overhead payments

    Harvard, MIT, and a coalition of other powerhouse research institutions have thwarted a reform proposal by the Obama administration to slash the amount of government research money each school receives for overhead costs.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    Social Support for Weight Loss: Online Friends Versus Real Friends

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, will present her research on how tweeting about your weight loss journey can actually lead to additional weight loss at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, March 20-23, in San Francisco, CA.
    PRWeb

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    UMass Medical Purchase Highlights Twists Of Non-Profit Ownership

    An article about UMass Medical School’s recent acquisition of the biotech buildings on Plantation Street elaborates on tax policies for non-profit entities and UMass Medical School’s plans to find for-profit tenants for the space.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    UMass Memorial's outlook dims as pension liabilities mount

    Moody Investor Service downgrades UMass Memorial Health Care’s credit from “stable” to “positive” due to concerns over it weakening operating performance and pension liability.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 03 - 18 - 13

    Wooing Life Sciences To Worcester

    A reception, organized by the Economic Development Coordinating Council, was held last week at the Albert Sherman Center, to educate commercial real estate agents about the life science space available in the City of Worcester.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 17 - 13

    Bill would ban smoking in apartments

    Jennifer MacDonald, MD/PhD student at UMMS and a trustee at the 12-unit Dickinson Place Condominiums on Williams Street in Worcester, is quoted in an article about a bill that would ban smoking in multi-unit housing.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 16 - 13

    Happy faces as medical students learn their next move

    Match Day coverage at UMass Medical School includes comments fromChancellor Michael F. Collins and School of Medicine class of 2013 students Timothy Gleeson, Seth Curits, Megan Weeks, Jennifer Evansmith and Anna McMahan.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 16 - 13

    It’s ‘Match Day’ at UMass Medical School

    Vincent Minichiello, School of Medicine class of 2013, talks about the Match Day experience and his residency plans, which he’ll be doing at the University of Wisconsin.
    NECN

  • 03 - 16 - 13

    Twin sisters a perfect match on Match Day

  • 03 - 15 - 13

    Belchertown's Jesse Columbo joins other students being matched with medical centers

    Jesse Columbo, School of Medicine class of 2013, learns he’ll spend the next six years training in vascular surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire.
    The Republican

  • 03 - 15 - 13

    No need for multivitamins

    Ira S. Ockene, MD, professor of medicine, discusses vitamin supplements and the importance of diet and exercise.
    What’s In It 4 Me

  • 03 - 13 - 13

    Buyer beware when it comes to online beauty bargains

    An article about the growing concerns over the safety of cosmetic procedures being promoted by internet coupons includes quotes from Raymond M. Dunn, MD, professor of surgery.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 13 - 13

    Dermatology Consults Halt Cellulitis Misdiagnoses

    Lauren Strazzula, School of Medicine class of 2013, talks about research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 71st Annual Meeting which found that using dermatology consultations prevented misdiagnosis of cellulitis.
    Medscape.com

  • 03 - 13 - 13

    Program gives troubled vets a lifeline

    David A. Smelson, Psy.D., professor of psychiatry, was part of a roundtable discussion about Mission Direct Vet, which provides alternatives to incarceration for veterans with trauma-related mental health and substance abuse issues who run afoul of the law.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 13 - 13

    UMass Memorial failed to notify state DPH of water contamination

    Robert Brogna, media and public relations manager at UMass Memorial Health Care, is quoted in an article about the timing to report problems associated with instrument sterilizing equipment last January to state hospital regulators.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    BBJ names Best Green Practices award winners

    Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) and Suffolk Construction are this year’s winners of the BBJ’s Best Green Practices award in design for their work on the Albert Sherman Center.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    Could a bitter compound give clues about asthma?

    Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems, talks with the Boston Globe about his new study which explains how substances that give some foods their bitter flavors can also act to reverse the contraction of airway cells. These findings may lead to new treatments for asthma.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    Despite ‘cure,’ HIV researchers cautious about path forward

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, talks about the recent breakthrough of a “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, according to Dr. Luzuriaga, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    New law requires revelation of gifts to health providers

    An article about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act — now part of the Affordable Care Act — which will require manufacturers to collect information about financial payments or gifts to health care providers starting August 1 includes comments from John T. Randolph, vice president and chief compliance officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center about the system’s 2008 policy prohibiting anyone directly or indirectly involved with patient care from accepting gifts, food, entertainment, travel and honorariums from manufacturers.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    Plumley Village residents get insights on cooking healthier on a low budget

    Margaret Apura, dietician at the Center for Advancement of Primary care at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about the Share Our Strengths Cooking Matters program, which teaches families to prepare healthy and affordable meals.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    U.S. News 2014 Best Medical School Rankings

    UMass Medical School was ranked ninth in primary care education among 126 medical schools and 23 schools of osteopathic medicine surveyed by weekly news magazine U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 edition of the “Best Graduate Schools” issue, released Tuesday, March 12. UMMS has been listed near the top of the category since 1994 when the magazine began publishing the much-anticipated rankings.
    Huffington Post
    GoLocalWorcester
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 12 - 13

    Winners celebrated for their community vision

    Abraham W. Haddad, DMD, clinical assistant professor of surgery, received the Isaiah Thomas Award at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Annual Vision Awards held at Mechanics Hall last night.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 10 - 13

    Good Deeds

    Tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will receive tetanus and diphtheria vaccine thanks to a donation by MassBiologics to Project HOPE, a global non-governmental organization dedicated to making health care available for people around the globe.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 09 - 13

    The ills of smoking

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about the relationship between mental illness and smoking.
    Scienceline.org

  • 03 - 09 - 13

    UMass sells $284M in bonds for construction

    The University of Massachusetts has sold $284 million in bonds to help fund construction projects across the school’s five campuses, including UMass Medical School’s purchase of three buildings at the biotechnology research park.
    Boston.com
    Boston Herald.com
    The Daily Collegian

  • 03 - 07 - 13

    Bitter Compounds Have The Potential To Be Used Therapeutically To Relax Airways

    Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems, is senior author of a new study which explains how substances that give some foods their bitter flavors can also act to reverse the contraction of airway cells. These findings may lead to new treatments for asthma.
    Medical News Today
    MediLexicon.com
    Ivanhoe.com
    Boston.com
    Fox 25 Boston
    WGBH Radio
    Yahoo News
    Science Codex
    Science Daily
    Truthdive.com

  • 03 - 07 - 13

    Health Watch Colonoscopy Extended

    Justin A. Maykel, MD, assistant professor of surgery was featured on a recent Health Watch segment discussing colorectal cancer, which kills 50,000 people annually in the United States.
    Charter TV3

  • 03 - 07 - 13

    UMass Medical School plays key role in HIV discovery

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, is interviewed on Worcester News Tonight about the recent announcement of the case of an infant who underwent remission of HIV infection after receiving ART within 30 hours of birth.
    Charter TV3 (story begins at 6:30 mark)
    NECN

  • 03 - 07 - 13

    Unseen, Mortal Wounds: The Struggle to Prevent Veteran Suicides

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about suicide prevention strategies for military personnel.
    WGBH

  • 03 - 07 - 13

    Westborough’s RXi Buys Firm’s RNAi Assets

    Biotechnology firm RXi Pharmeceuticals of Westborough will acquire all of OPKO Health Inc.'s assets that are related to RNA Interference (RNAi), including 12 patent families tied to biological targets. 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 the company’s scientific founder.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Fierce BioTech

  • 03 - 06 - 13

    FDA Panel Nixes 2 Nonhormonal Meds for Hot Flashes

    Chair of the FDA’s advisory committee for reproductive health drugs Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, explains why the panel voted against approving two nonhormonal products for the treatment of hot flashes associated with menopause.
    WebMD
    New York Times
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 06 - 13

    Twelve-college consortium considers changes

    The Colleges of Worcester Consortium, whose 12 members include the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is reassessing how those members fund the institution and the services it provides.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 06 - 13

    U.S. doctor's "gutsy" move led to baby's cure from HIV

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, describe the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, according to Dr. Luzuriaga, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children.
    Reuters
    Fox News
    Wall Street Journal
    New York Times
    Washington Post
    CNN
    USA Today
    NPR
    Boston Globe
    Boston Business Journal
    Vitals NBC News
    Reuters
    Boston Herald
    PBS News Hour
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    The Guardian
    CBS Boston
    KFSN Fresno

  • 03 - 06 - 13

    Worcester, Mass. residents try to chase away winter blues

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, gives advice on how to avoid seasonal depression.
    NECN

  • 03 - 05 - 13

    Baby HIV cure raises more questions than answers

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, talks about the recent breakthrough of a “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, according to Dr. Luzuriaga, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children. A second study shows babies born HIV positive who were treated within two months of birth with anti-retroviral drugs showed “dramatically” lower copy numbers of viral DNA compared to those treated later.
    Boston.com
    Huffington Post
    Discovery News
    Japan Times

  • 03 - 05 - 13

    Early treatment could thwart HIV

    A second study by Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, shows that babies born HIV positive who were treated within two months of birth with anti-retroviral drugs showed "dramatically” lower copy numbers of viral DNA compared to those treated later.
    Boston Herald
    Boston Herald

  • 03 - 04 - 13

    Boston medical mysteries: A mini-epidemic

    Sharone Green, MD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about a patient diagnosed with dengue hemorrhagic fever.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 04 - 13

    Cancer Care Grows In Central Mass.

    UMass Memorial's Marlborough Hospital Cancer Pavilion, a state-of-the-art care center, is scheduled to open later this year.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 04 - 13

    The Intriguing Case of a Baby Cured of HIV

    Editorials by the New York Times and Boston Herald tout the work of Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, and others to “functionally cure” an HIV-infected infant as potentially game-changing for the 300,000 infants around the world born with HIV each year.
    New York Times
    Boston Herald
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 04 - 13

    UMass Researcher Involved In Cure For Baby Born With HIV

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and John Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, spoke to Boston media about the recent breakthrough by Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, and a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, describing the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant.
    WBZ Boston
    WHDH-TV Boston
    Fox-TV News Boston
    NECN
    WCVB-TV Boston
    Channel 3 Worcester News Tonight
    CNN
    Reuters
    WBUR
    Bio-Medicine
    Los Angeles Times
    Oregon Live

  • 03 - 03 - 13

    Are city's tax loss worries overblown?

    A close look at UMass Medical School’s plans to find for-profit tenants for Biotech III, IV and V, which were acquired by the medical school two weeks ago, reveals that fears about potential lost tax revenue by the City of Worcester may be exaggerated.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 03 - 03 - 13

    The serious side of video games

    Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine and community health, talks about the role video games, such as “On Call” which was developed by UMass Medical School, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute and Becker College, play in training medical students.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 01 - 13

    MGHPCC Receives $4.54 Million Grant from MLSC

    Manuel Garber, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, is quoted in an article about a $4.54 million grant the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) received from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) for a supercomputer system. The computer system will be used by biomedical researchers at UMass Medical School, such as Dr. Garber.
    HPC Wire

  • 03 - 01 - 13

    UMass gets $750K NSF grant to study workplace gender bias

    UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create an index that will measure gender biases in the workplace.
    Boston Business Journal