News Makers 2013

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  • 12 - 29 - 13

    Dr. Michael T. Foley, 63; formerly Fenway Park’s doctor-in-residence

    Michael T. Foley, MD, a 1976 graduate of UMass Medical School, passed away on December 11. For 15 years Dr. Foley served as a trustee in the University of Massachusetts system, and in 2009 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. He was a founding member of the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
    Boston Globe

  • 12 - 26 - 13

    20 NIH Scientists Chosen by President Obama For Early Career Awards

    Thomas G. Fazzio, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, was recognized by President Obama as one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work on elucidating the roles of chromatin regulation in embryonic stem cell self-renewal.
    International Science Times

  • 12 - 25 - 13

    Surgeons says even a few extra pounds can increase stress on knees

    David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, talks about the quality-of-life improvements knee replacement surgery provides and how more people under 65 years of age are getting the surgery. Patient Annmarie Winslow, coordinator of the office of ethics at the UMass Memorial Health Care, is featured in the story.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 23 - 13

    Hopkins virologist Persaud on 'Nature' list of 10 people who mattered in 2013

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, is honored for the recent breakthrough of a “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant.
    HUB
    Nature

  • 12 - 21 - 13

    Mass. is losing senior voice in Senate

    An article about the impact of Senator John Kerry becoming the next secretary of state, notes Kerry’s work to ensure funding for the NIH which has implications for UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 21 - 13

    WooFood, local eateries offer healthier holiday dining

    WooFood founders Mitch Li, SOM 2013, Matt DeWolf, SOM 2014 and Adam Chin, SOM 2014, talk about the nonprofit’s success in creating a brand for the startup and encouraging healthful holiday eating habits among Worcester restaurant goers. WooFood was started in 2011 by Li, DeWolf and Chin with a Learn and Serve grant from the medical school.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 18 - 13

    Amarantus Licenses MANF-Related Wolfram's and Diabetes Therapeutic and Diagnostic Intellectual Property From University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. has licensed intellectual property surrounding the use of mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) as both a biomarker and a treatment for beta cell-degenerating disorders from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Market Watch

  • 12 - 17 - 13

    Aging Cells Unravel

    Researchers from UMass Medical School discovered that the satellite DNA found at human and mouse centromeres—the points where chromosomes connect to microtubules during cell division—unraveled from its normal compact state as cells entered senescence.
    Laboratory Equipment

  • 12 - 17 - 13

    Ancient form of Yoga used to cure Yuletide stress

    A story about the health benefits of Yoga nidra reference a proposed University of Massachusetts Medical School study to gauge its utility for treating chronic pain.
    Boston Globe

  • 12 - 17 - 13

    Infant mortality realities

    An op-ed by Sara G. Shields, MD, MS, clinical professor of family medicine and community health, explains that Worcester's high infant mortality rate is not a medical issue, but rather a reflection of socioeconomic status, stress, and living conditions in the community, and that promoting educational attainment is the key to improvement.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 16 - 13

    As anniversaries pass, victims find meaning, less pain in memories

    Leonard A. Doerfler, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is quoted in a story about coping with the tragedy of loss.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 16 - 13

    Health Watch Orthopedic Oncology

    Mathew J. Most, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, was recently featured on the Charter TV Health Watch to discuss the connection between orthopedics and oncology.
    Charter TV3

  • 12 - 16 - 13

    Moody's Issues UMass Memorial Health Care Credit Downgrade

    Moody's Investor Service has downgraded UMass Memorial Health Care's credit rating from BBB+ to BBB-.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 16 - 13

    New insight into reducing racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes mortality in postmenopausal women

    Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, concludes that the way to reduce high diabetes-related death rates among all postmenopausal women—including black and Hispanic women—is through diabetes prevention programs.
    YottaFire

  • 12 - 15 - 13

    Annual Goods for Guns buyback program garners 85 weapons

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, is quoted in a story about the success of the 12th annual Goods for Guns program.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    GoLocal Worcester
    MassLive

  • 12 - 15 - 13

    Business People

    James Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, has been appointed as chairman-elect for the United Way of Central Massachusetts.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 15 - 13

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    ay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, was awarded the Harriet Hardy lifetime achievement award by the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 15 - 13

    UMMHC president is a 'leader to know'

    Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, was named to Becker's Hospital Review 2013 edition of its list "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know," which recognizes health care leaders from hospitals and health systems across the country.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 13 - 13

    Gun Restrictions For Mentally Ill The Focus Of Mass. Debate

    Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about recommendations for restricting firearm access for people with a history of mental illness.
    WBUR

  • 12 - 12 - 13

    Evaluating mobile weight loss apps on use of evidence-based behavioral strategies

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about her new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, whichevaluates mobile weight-loss apps for their use of evidence-based behavioral strategies.
    YottaFire

  • 12 - 12 - 13

    Gun buy-back program to be held on Sandy Hook anniversary

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, is quoted in a story about the success of the 12th annual Goods for Guns program.
    NECN

  • 12 - 10 - 13

    Battling Winter Blues

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses the difference between the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder, which can be treated with the use of exercise and light therapy.
    WTAG Radio (link unavailable)

  • 12 - 10 - 13

    From Down’s syndrome to basic epigenetics and back again

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, discusses her breakthrough in translating the basic mechanism of X-chromosome inactivation to correct for chromosomal imbalance in Down syndrome cells.
    Epigenomics

  • 12 - 09 - 13

    2013 Power Player

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, are both listed as a Worcester Business Journal’s 2013 Power Player.
    Dr. Michael Collins: Chancellor, UMass Medical School, Worcester
    Dr. Eric Dickson: CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care Inc., Worcester

  • 12 - 09 - 13

    After Newtown, Tackling Mental Health And Gun Violence

    William H. Fisher, PhD, professor of psychiatry, talks with WBUR Radio about gun violence and proposals to include certain mental health records in the federal background check database.
    WBUR

  • 12 - 09 - 13

    Researchers identify central switch by which HDL controls inflammatory response

    Eicke Latz, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explains new research which identifies a central switch by which HDL controls the inflammatory response. The results are presented in the current issue of "Nature Immunology".
    News Medical
    Medical Xpress
    Science Daily

  • 12 - 09 - 13

    The Year in Rheumatology: 2013

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about 10 important advances in rheumatology in 2013.
    Medscape

  • 12 - 08 - 13

    Biotechnology alive and well in Central Mass.

    An article about the concentration of biotechnology companies in the Worcester area mentions technology licensed by Targeted Cell Therapies LLC from UMMS to treat Gaucher disease. Edward I. Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neurology and pathology, is president of Targeted Cell Therapies. RXi Pharmaceuticals and its anti-scarring treatment, which is a phase 2 clinical trials, is also mentioned in the article. 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 Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 08 - 13

    Kids living with smokers have more ear infections

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, talks about the increased risk of surgery for children who suffer from inner ear infections as a result of living with smokers.
    The International News

  • 12 - 08 - 13

    Sturbridge moms form network to boost awareness of deadly food allergies

    Whitney Anne-Elizabeth Dunlap, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about food allergies.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 08 - 13

    Westboro native, saved by newborn screening 22 years ago, to speak at event marking medical milestone

    Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine, is quoted in a story about the 50th anniversary of the newborn screening program.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 06 - 13

    HIV virus returns after cure hope rose

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, is quoted in today’s Boston Globe story about the return of the HIV virus in two adult patients after being virus-free.
    Boston Globe
    Headline & Global News
    NPR

  • 12 - 06 - 13

    Masimo and Newborn Foundation Jointly Announce Mobile Health Initiative to Reduce Global Newborn Mortality

    Darshak Sanghavi, MD, fellow and managing director at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is quoted in a story about the debut of the BORN Project (Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborns). The first global health initiative to reduce infant mortality through early detection of illness, disease and congenital birth defects using mobile-enabled technology that measures blood-oxygen levels in newborns.
    The Wall Street Journal

  • 12 - 05 - 13

    Craig Mello to visit Mass Academy of Math and Science

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, speaks at WPI on December 10th as part of the Nobel Laureates School Visits Series.
    MENAFN.com

  • 12 - 05 - 13

    Health Watch Winter Blahs

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses the difference between the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder, which can be treated with the use of exercise and light therapy.
    Charter TV3

  • 12 - 05 - 13

    Pittsburgh area warned of home-made 'krokodil' heroin

    Matthew Zuckerman, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, talks about the dangers of krokodil; a homemade, intravenous drug from Russia which is highly addictive.
    The Titusville Herald
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • 12 - 05 - 13

    UMass Medical School enrolling participants in National Children's Study pilot program

    UMass Medical School is enrolling expectant mothers from Worcester County in a pilot program in preparation for the much larger National Children's Study, the landmark undertaking in which 100,000 children will be followed from the womb to age 21 to determine the environment's impact on growth, development and onset of disease.
    EurekAlert
    PhysOrg.com
    IPS Cell Therapy
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 05 - 13

    Use of telehealth network can boost care, study says

    A study published online in the journal CHEST, which was conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, shows that using a virtual ICU, with one specialist doctor and three critical care nurses serving 150 patients can improve survival by 26 percent over a traditional ICU.
    USA Today
    The Wall Street Journal
    Healthcare Informatics
    Fierce HealthIT
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Boston Business Journal
    Great Falls Tribune

  • 12 - 04 - 13

    Has the Worcester Economy Become Too Dependent on Meds + Eds?

    An article about the future of biotechnology and higher education in Worcester references the newly opened Sherman Center as proof of the industry’s long-term viability.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 12 - 04 - 13

    MassBiologics receives orphan drug status from FDA for hepatitis C treatment

    UMass Medical School’s MassBiologics has received an orphan drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for MBL-HCV1, a monoclonal antibody developed to prevent the recurrence of hepatitis C virus in patients receiving a liver transplant.
    Medical Xpress
    Healio

  • 12 - 03 - 13

    The sound of silence

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, explains her work on Down syndrome at the seventh installment of the Profiles in Innovation Presidential Speaker Series at Northeastern University.
    News@Northeastern
    Medical Xpress

  • 12 - 02 - 13

    Falling revenues squeeze state, local hospitals

    An article about a recent state report showing how changes linked to the national health care reform may affect financial results for Central Massachusetts hospitals references UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 01 - 13

    College Town

    UMMS students Julia Randall, SOM 2016, and Rahela Aziz-Bose, SOM 2016, teach health education to youths in Worcester-area juvenile correctional facilities.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 01 - 13

    Turn in a gun, get a shot for the flu