News Makers 2011

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  • 07 - 28 - 11

    ‘It’s Alive! It’s Alive!’ Maybe Right Here on Earth

    A story about synthesizing molecules that can replicate themselves in the laboratory references work done by Post-Doctoral Fellow Tracey A. Lincoln, PhD, while a graduate student at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

    New York Times

  • 07 - 28 - 11

    Scientists Study Evolutionary Arms Race in Worms

    Research by Mark Alkema, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, illustrates how the predator-prey interaction between C. elegans and fungi have contributed to the microscopic worm’s escape response behavior. 

    Bioscience Technology 

  • 07 - 24 - 11

    Battling childhood obesity

    Leslie A. Soyka, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Lori Pbert, PhD, professor of medicine, talk to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette about the dangers and consequences of childhood obesity.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 24 - 11

    Colleges experiencing construction boom

    A story about the construction boom at Worcester area colleges references the Sherman Center. 

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 20 - 11

    Alumna achieves dream without debt

    The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently featured Cailin E. Duram, MSN, a 2009 Graduate School of Nursing alumna who dreamed of working in a community health center helping refugees. Her overwhelming debt from undergraduate and graduate student loans forced her to reconsider her career choice until she discovered National Health Service Corps, which offers incentives—such as student loan repayment—for health care providers who work in underserved areas.

  • 07 - 19 - 11

    Federal program allows local health worker to achieve a dream

    Cailin E. Duram, MSN, a 2009 Graduate School of Nursing alumna explains how National Health Service Corps, which offers incentives for health care providers who work in underserved areas, is helping her to repay her educational loans. 

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 17 - 11

    Local doctor uses magnetic therapy to treat depression

    A story about using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression includes comments from Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Chair in Psychiatry and professor of psychiatry. 

    MetroWest Daily News

  • 07 - 14 - 11

    My Dog Ate My Prescription

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, writes for Slate about the complexity of tailoring medical guidelines to match the skills and proclivities of individual patients.


  • 07 - 14 - 11

    Research could pinpoint postpartum depression risks

    A clinical study by Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Constance Moore, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and associate director of translational imaging, seeks to measure levels of certain brain chemicals in pregnant women to see whether they can identify patients who may be more likely to develop postpartum depression. The two-year study is being funded by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s Pilot Project Program. 


  • 07 - 13 - 11

    Diabetes goes high tech

    David Harlan, MD, William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine, professor of medicine and director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence, and Samir Malkani, clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the adult diabetes clinic, spoke to NECN about a new approach to diabetes management that allows patients and their care team to better manage their health by uploading glucose numbers remotely using a new e-tool.


  • 07 - 12 - 11

    The hidden health care cost: Long-term care

    An op-ed by Jean C. Sullivan, JD, director of the Center for Health Law and Economics, looks at the financial impact of long-term care needs for Massachusetts residents and what is being done to address the problem. (login required) 

    Boston Business Journal

  • 07 - 06 - 11

    Painkillers linked to atrial fibrillation in Danish study

    An article about new research linking atrial fibrillation with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) references an accompanying editorial written by Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine and professor of medicine and family medicine & community health, for the British Medical Journal

    MedPage Today

  • 07 - 04 - 11

    Moving Life Sciences Cos. Beyond Incubation

    A look at what it takes to establish a life sciences company includes comments from James McNamara, PhD, executive director of the Office of Technology Management. 

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 07 - 04 - 11

    Stimulus Update: A Look At Who Benefited From Federal Funding

    William R. Kobertz, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks about how stimulus funding helped him with his research into how potassium channels in the body play a role in various afflictions, from heart attacks to hearing loss. 

    Worcester Business Journal 

  • 07 - 03 - 11

    Central Mass. has nuclear emergency plans in place

    A story about the potential impact of a disaster at one of five nuclear power plants near Worcester includes comments from Mary-Elise Manuell, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of disaster medicine, about UMass Memorial Medical Center’s emergency preparedness. 

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 07 - 03 - 11

    Hospitals turn to telemedicine for remote care of patients

    Research by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery and director of the eICU program, shows some of the first evidence that telemedicine can improve care provided at the bedside. 

    USA Today

  • 07 - 01 - 11

    How Stress is Inherited

    A story about how genetic information may be passed on epigenetically includes comments from Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology. 

    The Scientist

  • 07 - 01 - 11

    Report: State must do more to protect mental health workers

    A state task force created to assess current policies and practices around safety and training for those who provide and receive Department of Mental Health services released its findings today. Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, served as co-chair of the task force. 

    Boston Herald

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