News Makers 2019

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  • 07 - 09 - 18

    The most influential people in the Central Mass. Economy

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins was named one of the 50 most powerful people in the Central Massachusetts business community.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 07 - 05 - 18

    New Treatment Can Reverse Effects Of Vitiligo

    Vitiligo expert John Harris, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, raised awareness and addressed misconceptions about the skin condition vitiligo in an interview with Mallika Marshall, MD.

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 07 - 04 - 18

    CRISPR technology can correct Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, and Wen Xue, PhD, assistant professor RNA therapeutics, demonstrate a  proof-of-concept for using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology to correct the gene mutation responsible for alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, successfully making a targeted gene correction in the livers of affected mice that restored at least low levels of normal AAT.

    Drug Target Review

  • 06 - 28 - 18

    Program to give baby boxes to expectant parents Saturday in Worcester

    In an effort to discourage parents from sleeping in the same bed as their newborns, Sara Shields, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, and UMass Medical School are collaborating with local community health organizations to give away “baby boxes.”

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 22 - 18

    Chancellor Collins calls for country to support children separated from parents at the border

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins calls for the nation to unite around the children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, urging Americans to send nurses, physicians and mental health specialists as well as clothing and food to their aid, in an  op-ed.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 22 - 18

    UMass Med School study tests anti-inflammatory diet on inflammatory bowel disease

    Co-investigators Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine, and Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, instructor in microbiology & physiological systems, are looking at the intersection of diet with microbial changes in the gut to understand how diet impacts bacterial communities, and the effects these microbial changes have on patients suffering the debilitating symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 22 - 18

    UMass Medical School hosting RNA conference

    UMass Medical School hosts more than 350 people from the medical field and academics for an international conference on RNA a critical molecule in gene studies.

    Worcester Business Jourmal

  • 04 - 25 - 18

    Claire Cole Running For Dad Who Has ALS

    Boston Marathoner Claire Cole Pelletier raised money for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.


  • 04 - 25 - 18

    Mental Health Disparities

    A study by Xiaoduo Fan, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, illuminates a glaring disparity between whites and Asians when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

    WGBH News: Greater Boston

    WGBH Radio

  • 04 - 25 - 18

    UMass Earth Day

    Suzanne Wood, sustainability and energy efficiency manager, talks about Earth Day at UMass Medical School and how the medical school has saved more than 5 tons of recyclables from going into landfills through the Surplus with a Purpose program (mark 4:40).

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 04 - 25 - 18

    UMass team raises $79K for ALS in Boston Marathon

    A team of five running the Boston Marathon April 16 in honor of a loved one raised more than double its goal for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund, nearly $79,000.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 25 - 18

    WPI, UMass Medical develop app to help assess depression in pregnant women

    Lifeline4Moms, a new tool for assessing perinatal depression in women and guiding them to treatment was co-developed and is being tested by Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, associate professor of psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology and quantitative health sciences and medical director for MCPAP for Moms, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and quantitative health science.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 23 - 18

    Worcester Board of Health votes to restrict sale of flavored tobacco products to adults-only retailers

    Tina Grosowsky, project coordinator for the Central Massachusetts Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, is quoted in a story about Worcester considering restrictions on the sales of flavored tobacco products.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Magazine

  • 04 - 17 - 18

    Life sciences bill on Beacon Hill includes $150M for UMass-related research

    A new version of Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund, which will continue a decade-long initiative launched by former Gov. Deval Patrick, includes more than $50 million in funding for research at UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Boston Business Dinner

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 17 - 18

    UMass Medical students hold ‘die-in’ to protest police shootings of black Americans

    Medical students Laura Schwartz, SOM ’21, and Rose Schutzberg, SOM ’21, participated in and commented on a student protest organized to bring an end to police violence committed against African-Americans.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 17 - 18

    UMass Memorial reports acts of violence against children increasing as specialized team seeks to help

    Heather C. Forkey, MD, the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, associate professor of pediatrics and division chief of child protection, and Jessica Griffin, PsyD, associate professor of psychiatry, discuss the increasing number of child abuse cases in Central Massachusetts.


  • 04 - 16 - 18

    Marathoner Who Ran Boston 31 Times Now Battling ALS

    Rich Kennedy, who has run the Boston Marathon 31 times, is now battling ALS and raising money to fight the disease. Money raised by him goes to the The Angel Fund for ALS Research, which supports ALS research by Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology.

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 04 - 13 - 18

    Who’s speaking at Central Mass. college graduations?

    Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD, professor of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, will speak at the medical school’s 2018 Commencement exercises.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 12 - 18

    Clinical Testing Begins on New HIV Vaccine at UMass Medical School in Worcester

    A Phase I clinical trial testing the safety of vaccines developed by Shan Lu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, that might have the potential to prevent HIV infection will begin this month at four sites in the United States.

    NBC 10-TV Boston


    MetroWest Daily News

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 05 - 18

    The need to revisit treatment approaches for gout

    Leslie R. Harrold, MD, MPH, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, explains the difference between treatments for acute and chronic gout.

    Rare Disease Report

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