News Makers 2013

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  • 07 - 31 - 13

    Financial barrier to lung cancer screening comes down

    Max Paul Rosen, MD, MPH, chair and professor of radiology, comments on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation that longtime smokers should be offered annual lung cancer screening using low-dose CT scans instead of chest X-rays. UMass Memorial Medical Center plans on rolling out its own CT screening for lung cancer program in the fall.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 30 - 13

    Couple forms foundation for NICU

    The Sydney Meaghan Memorial Foundation will hold its first fundraising event this Saturday, August 3, to benefit the UMass Memorial Medical Center NICU. Stuart A. Weisberger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, will speak at the event. The event will also honor Francis J. Bednarek, MD, chief of neonatology at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, and director of the perinatal fellowship program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Bednarek passed away earlier this month.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 30 - 13

    How Gout Changed History

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, writes about the impact of gout on Spanish history.
    Medscape

  • 07 - 30 - 13

    Reflectance To Cut Risk For 17 Million Emergency Room Patients

    Reflectance Medical, a company founded by Babs Soller, PhD, professor of anesthesiology and surgery, has developed a device that uses light to noninvasively read a patients’ blood chemistry. On July 19, Reflectance received Food and Drug Administration clearance to sell its device, the Mobile CareGuide 3100.
    Forbes

  • 07 - 30 - 13

    Researchers retrace steps of 1938 experiment

    William J. Schwartz, MD, professor of neurology, explores the site of a sleep study that took place 75 years ago inside Mammoth Cave's Rafinesque Hall with students from Vanderbilt University.
    Park City Daily News

  • 07 - 29 - 13

    Health Watch Pediatric Health Myths

    Cornelius Tyrrell, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, debunks or confirms a number of pediatric health myths, such as sugar’s effect on hyperactivity in kids, for Worcester News Tonight’s Health Watch segment.
    Charter TV3

  • 07 - 29 - 13

    Math whizzes gather at WP

    A group of students participating in WPI's Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, funded by the National Science Foundation, spent part of their summer working with John Landers, PhD, associate professor of neurology, trying to identify genetic mutations that cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Landers is quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 29 - 13

    Shriver Center Autism Expert to Develop Training to Improve Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders among Diverse Cultures

    Teaching Massachusetts pediatricians how to sensitively navigate diverse cultures while screening children for autism spectrum disorders will be the focus of a pilot project led by Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA, an autism expert at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division. Gabovitch was awarded $80,000 to support the project from the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund, administered by The Medical Foundation in Boston.
    Fort Mill Times
    iStockAnalyst

  • 07 - 29 - 13

    What Can Our City Become?

    The City of Worcester finds itself in the unique position to capitalize on the success of local institutions, such as the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to attract new businesses to the area explains Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD.
    Holy Cross Magazine

  • 07 - 29 - 13

    Will Grove Instruments' bloodless glucose tester hit the market by 2016?

    Grove Instruments, a local Worcester company developing a pocket sized device that measures glucose levels in diabetic patients, have trialed their device at UMass Memorial Medical Center according to an op-ed by Peter Cohan at the Telegram and Gazette.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 28 - 13

    Can Westboro's RXi Pharmaceuticals make it to 2015?

    An op-ed column by Peter Cohan at the Telegram and Gazette examines the future of RXi Pharmaceuticals, a startup company using RNAi technology to develop therapeutic treatments for humans. Referenced in the article is 2006 Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of RNAi Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 28 - 13

    Nipmuc chief passes the pipe of leadership

    Cheryll L. Holley, clinical supervisor of dermatology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was named the new Chief Wunnonmetah of the Nipmuc Nation.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 24 - 13

    Sleep Needs May Decline With Age

    Gregg Jacobs, MD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks about a recent study that shows adults may require less sleep as they age.
    Theramatch.com

  • 07 - 23 - 13

    Family removes stomachs to cut cancer risk

    Siblings Mike Walsh and Beth Walsh Lambert, frequent guest speakers at the Graduate School of Nursing genetics and genomics class, talked to the Boston Globe about the radical surgery they underwent after discovering they have the genetic mutation that causes a rare form of stomach cancer.
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 23 - 13

    Food waste ban seen as good thing in Worcester

    UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care are already taking steps to meet the proposed ban on commercial food waste in Massachusetts as part of its Growing Green initiative, said Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager.
    Worcester Mag
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 23 - 13

    New Scientific Discovery May Hold Key to Saving Infants with Down Syndrome

    Scientists at UMass Medical School are the first to establish that a naturally occurring X chromosome “off switch” can be rerouted to neutralize the extra chromosome responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by cognitive impairment. Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, explains.
    National Catholic Register

  • 07 - 22 - 13

    Jordan Levy Show Features Pancreatic Cancer Team

    Jennifer LaFemina, MD, assistant professor of surgery, and Jilliane Sotelo, MS, LCGC, instructor in pediatrics, were recently featured on the Jordan Levy Show on WTAG AM 580. They discussed risk factors for pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, the importance of screening protocols, research, the role of genetics in screening patients and why they each choose to get involved in this field.
    WTAG

  • 07 - 22 - 13

    Leaps against Down

    An editorial in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette lauds Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, professor and interim chair of cell & developmental biology, and her efforts to silence the extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 22 - 13

    UMass announces president awards

    The University of Massachusetts has announced $830,000 in awards for faculty science and technology projects, including grants to Melissa J. Moore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; Celia Schiffer, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Institute for Drug Resistance; and Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, to create a research center "focused on creating a validation laboratory where early stage technologies can be tested”; and Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for the UMass Biologics Laboratory, to support the MassBiologics Gene Therapy Vector Manufacturing Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 21 - 13

    Cutbacks On University Research Funding Could Hamper Innovation

    A story about how cutbacks in federally funded research mean fewer ground breaking discoveries includes comments from 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. The story refers to the discovery led by Jeanne Lawrence, PhD, professor and interim chair of cell & developmental biology, silencing the extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome.
    WGBH Radio

  • 07 - 21 - 13

    UMass Medical School's $1.75 billion contribution to Worcester's economy

    James B. Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, discusses UMass Medical School’s contribution to Worcester’s economy and highlights some successful local companies that have licensed technology developed at the medical school.
    Worceter Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 18 - 13

    Brilliant grad is left in limbo

    An article about a local immigrant who wants to attend UMass Medical School but doesn't qualify because of our in-state guidelines.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 18 - 13

    Fresh Insights Into Down Syndrome

    Scientists at UMass Medical School are the first to establish that a naturally occurring X chromosome “off switch” can be rerouted to neutralize the extra chromosome responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by cognitive impairment. Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, explains.
    WBZ-TV Boston
    WBUR's Common Health
    GoLocal Worcester
    Huffington Post
    Chicago Tribune
    Newstalk Radio Dublin
    Irish Times
    Japan Times
    MSN New Zealand
    Science World Report
    WBUR
    Boston Globe
    WBUR's Here & Now
    Fox 25 Morning News
    WCVB Channel 5
    Boston Herald
    Fox News
    Bloomberg
    Nature World News
    BBC News
    National Geographic
    Science News
    CBS News
    New York Post
    The Guardian
    Discovery News
    Boston Business Journal

  • 07 - 17 - 13

    Bacolod-born scientist one of Time Magazine's most influential people

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013, talks about her work.
    GMA News

  • 07 - 17 - 13

    UMass Cancer Walk Celebrates its 15th year

    The UMass Medicine Cancer Walk is kicking off its 15th year with a breakfast and special program for team fundraisers and community members Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 am in the Aaron Lazare Research Building.
    The Shrewsbury Lantern

  • 07 - 16 - 13

    Baystate Medical Center listed as third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is the 14th-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to the new U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” ranking.
    Springfield Republican

  • 07 - 16 - 13

    Dr. Francis Bednarek, head of UMass Memorial neonatal unit, dies

    Francis J. Bednarek, MD, chief of neonatology at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, and director of the perinatal fellowship program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, passed away this week.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 15 - 13

    Patrick Muldoon named leader of UMass Memorial Medical Center

    Patrick Muldoon, president and CEO of a UMass Memorial Health Care affiliate, has been named the new president of UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Business Journal
    Worcester Magazine
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 14 - 13

    Gene therapy’s time seems to have come

    A front page story in Sunday’s Boston Globe about advances in gene therapy prominently feature comments from 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; Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology and; Neil Aronin, MD, professor of medicine, cell & developmental biology and microbiology & physiological systems.
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 14 - 13

    Mass. health care cost containment only goes so far

    An op-ed by Worcester Telegram and Gazette business writer Aaron Nicodemus examines an aspect of the Massachusetts health cost containment law, which he argues focuses on redistributing wealth from "asset-rich" hospitals to those considered "distressed," even if those hospitals are part of the same health care institution.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 14 - 13

    Obesity a disease that calls for range of care

    Mitchell Jay Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, writes a letter to the Boston Globe expressing his disappointment with Alex Beam’s June 27 op-ed column condemning the recent decision by the American Medical Association to recognize obesity as a disease.
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 11 - 13

    Who Has an Abortion After 20 Weeks?

    In an op-ed piece, Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, explains the medical reasons a woman may need to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation, which a new bill in Texas would ban.
    Slate

  • 07 - 10 - 13

    Cape Cod nonprofits to explore health coverage plans

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Health Policy and Research will examine the quality of high-deductible plans being offered by three nonprofit community health centers on Cape Cod as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Cape Cod Times

  • 07 - 10 - 13

    Colleges of Worcester Consortium splits, MassEdCO born

    The Colleges of Worcester Consortium, whose 13 members include the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has split into two parts. The two groups have been rebranded the Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc. and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. The Colleges of Worcester Consortium will eventually be renamed.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 10 - 13

    Job Club with 55 percent success rate ready to start again

    Stephen Colella, disability reviewer at UMass Medical School, helps local members of Job Club RI find employment. Colella created the Club in 2009 as a community-based organization to help members exchange ideas and information on improved job searches, résumés, cover letters, interview skills, follow-up skills, Internet job searching techniques and the hidden job market.
    Cranston Herald

  • 07 - 10 - 13

    Remembering the Boston Marathon tragedy: A report from physicians who were there

    James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, and Pierre A. Rouzier, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, who were among the Boston Marathon medical volunteers, remember the tragedy and the amazing efforts of all those who raced to help the victims.
    Medical Economics

  • 07 - 09 - 13

    Diabetes clinic improves outcomes across patient population

    A blog post by David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, explains how UMass Memorial Medical Center is using electronic health records to connect diabetic patients with their health care teams, engage patients in their own care, and can facilitate communication among healthcare team members.
    Allscripts

  • 07 - 09 - 13

    YouthWorks helping young adults find employment opportunities in Mass.

    In an article about the need for summer jobs for young adults, Monica Lowell, vice president for community relations at UMass Memorial Health Care, talks about the Wheels to Water program which puts approximately 60 young adults to work each summer. The program is sponsored in part by UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    NECN

  • 07 - 08 - 13

    Central Mass. Scientists Chip Away At Finding Cancer Cures

    An article about local companies and researchers looking for new ways to treat cancer includes comments from, Giles Whalen, MD, professor of surgery, and Brian Lewis, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, about the importance of clinical trials and new research taking place at UMMS.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 07 - 08 - 13

    Salk Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Cancer Diagnosis

    Andrew H. Fischer, MD, professor of pathology, participated in a new study, published on July 3 in Cell, which finds that disrupted micronuclei, which can trigger massive DNA damage in chromosomes, might play an even more active role in carcinogenesis than previously thought.
    Newswise

  • 07 - 08 - 13

    The delicate art of the corporate apology ad

    An article about the sincerity of public apologies includes quotes from Aaron Lazare, MD, chancellor and dean emeritus and professor of psychiatry.
    Salon

  • 07 - 07 - 13

    Barre clinic joins medical home movement

    Judith L. Steinberg, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, and Ronald N. Adler, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, are quoted in a story about the state’s three-year demonstration project aimed at turning 46 primary care medical practices into "medical homes." Stephen T. Earls, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, Marco Cornelio, MD, chief resident, and Alice M. LeBlanc, clinical care manager at the Barre Family Health Center, one of the 46 pilot sites, are also quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 05 - 13

    Staying Safe in the Heat

    Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor, and Paul Cutler, UMass Memorial Medical Center EMS, offer tips for staying safe during the recent heat wave.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 07 - 05 - 13

    Volunteering has healthy side-effects

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, explains the health benefits that come from volunteering.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 03 - 13

    Worcester, Mass. surgeon to receive Bronze Star

    Mark D. Price, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, will receive the Bronze Star on July 14 in Newport, R.I. for meritorious service in combat situations. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Price will receive the commendation, in part, for his innovation in outfitting a mobile hospital unit during his tour in Afghanistan.
    NECN
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 02 - 13

    $34B budget approved on Beacon Hill

    Massachusetts senate leaders agree to increase funding for the University of Massachusetts, eliminating the need for tuition and fee increases through 2015.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 02 - 13

    WNT Wheels to Water Begins July 2

    Cheryl Lapriore, vice president and chief of staff at UMass Memorial Health Care, speaks at the Wheels to Water program kickoff event. The Wheels to Water program kicked off its fifth year. The program, funded in part by UMass Memorial Health Care, gives local children transportation to area pools and offers swim lessons and activity programs.
    Charter TV3
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 01 - 13

    ADHD in Children Linked to Obesity in Adulthood

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the connection between childhood ADHD and adult obesity.
    Digital Journal