News Makers 2018

- archived News Makers -
  • 01 - 31 - 18

    Facebook really wants you back

    A story about Facebook trying to keep members active includes a comment from Judson  Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, regarding social media usage and technology addiction.


  • 01 - 30 - 18

    Here’s how cells rapidly stuff two meters of DNA into microscopic capsules

    A study by Job Dekker, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Joseph J. Byrne Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, shows how cells quickly pack long chromosomes into compact, organized bundles, a key step before cells divide.

    Science News


  • 01 - 30 - 18

    UMass researcher a winner in global opioid science challenge

    Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, was one of five winners in a global technology challenge for ideas to help solve the opioid crisis. Dr. Brewer won for a digital therapy centered on the psychological theory of mindfulness, which will extend ideas contained in his nationally known Craving to Quit smoking program to the opioid addiction program.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 26 - 18

    What NOT to do while sick with the flu — and some remedies that can help

    In a story about what people can do if they get the flu, Richard S. Irwin, MD, professor of medicine, said that doses of the most commonly used and effective cough suppressants (codeine or dextromethorphan) found in over-the-counter cough medicines are too low to be effective.

  • 01 - 24 - 18

    Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Behaves as Virus, Scientists Find in Odd Discovery

    Vivian Budnik, PhD, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair and chair and professor of neurobiology, and Travis Thomson, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, discovered a new form of cellular communication in the nervous system that mimics some viruses.

    Alzheimer's News Today

    Scientific American

    National Institutes of Health

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News


    The Scientist

    Science Blog

  • 01 - 24 - 18

    Standardized workflow between emergency, rad depts improves incidental findings

    A study by Steven J. Baccei, MD, associate professor of radiology, found that a standardized method of communicating incidental discoveries between emergency and radiology departments can improve patient safety.

    Health Imaging

  • 01 - 24 - 18

    Voyager Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug Application for VY-AADC for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

    Voyager Therapeutics, a gene therapy start-up company co-founded by Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and chair and professor of RNA therapeutics, and Guangping Gao, PhD, the Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, will conduct a pivotal Phase 2-3 program for advanced Parkinson’s disease.

    Pipeline Review

  • 01 - 24 - 18

    Why does America still have so few female doctors?

    UMass Medical School is mentioned as having more women faculty than Harvard in a story about the continuing dearth of female doctors. 

    The Guardian

  • 01 - 23 - 18

    Health & Wellness: Staying healthy while traveling

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, explains why people get sick when they travel and what they can do to avoid it.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 01 - 23 - 18

    Tipsy-Turvy: Does Dry January Do You Any Good?

    Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair, vice chair and professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical and translational sciences, said that abstaining from alcohol, even for one month, can have health benefits.

    Inside Science

  • 01 - 21 - 18

    In preserving the American dream, approach should be “First, do no harm”

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins extolls the commitment, efforts and contributions of UMass Medical School’s diverse, multicultural students, faculty and staff.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 18 - 18

    After Paper Shakes Sector, Gene Therapy Leader Jim Wilson Talks Safety

    A story about gene therapy treatments using AAV delivered through the bloodstream potentially having adverse effects to nerve cells and the liver includes comments from Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, about the need to further study this phenomenon.

  • 01 - 18 - 18

    Why your earbuds fall out when it’s cold

    Alexandra M. Sanseverino, MD, clinical instructor in emergency medicine, offers some theories about why earbuds tend to fall out more in colder weather.

  • 01 - 09 - 18

    A Fresh Take on Medical School

    An editorial about the PURCH program at UMass Medical School’s satellite campus at Baystate Health examines ways the program will benefit the health of the region’s population.

  • 01 - 09 - 18

    Baystate PURCH Program Puts Focus on Population Health

    First-year PURCH students Betsy McGovern, Prithwijit Roychowdhury, Kathryn Norman and Colton Conrad; Associate Professor and Chief Education Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Education at UMass Medical School-Baystate  Kevin T. Hinchey, MD, FACP; and Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Education at UMass Medical School-Baystate Rebecca D. Blanchard, PhD, MEd, are quoted in a story about the UMass Medical School PURCH program located at its satellite campus at Baystate Health.

  • 01 - 08 - 18

    Iranians in Central Mass. keep close eye on protests

    Iranian native Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of medicine and chief of transplant surgery, comments on the current protests in Iran.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 08 - 18

    UMass Medical researchers conducting global research

    Raffi Van Aroian, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, and Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, discuss efforts at UMMS and MBL to develop new treatments for diseases such as hookworms and diphtheria that plague the developing world.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 01 - 06 - 18

    Breast Cancer Gap

    Stephenie Lemon, PhD, professor of medicine, is a principal investigator on an $8.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to demonstrate the feasibility of community–academic partnerships to provide innovations in information sharing and systems implementation that will translate into reductions in health disparities for vulnerable patients facing any disease.

    WGBH Greater Boston


  • 01 - 06 - 18

    Pet dogs provide key to unlock genetics of disease

    Darwin’s Dogs, a project led by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, collects canine DNA with the hope of using the information as a basis for studies of obsessive compulsive disorder and behavioral conditions.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 05 - 18

    I tried mindfulness to quit drinking. It actually worked

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and creator of the Unwinding Anxiety mindfulness app, talks about using mindfulness to disassociate our thoughts from certain behaviors.

    Washington Post

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