News Makers 2014

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  • 09 - 30 - 14

    New Research Reveals That Dolphins Are Sensitive To Magnetic Stimuli

    An article about dolphins’ sensitivity to magnetic stimuli references research by Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology, examining how migratory monarch butterflies use an internal compass and skylight cues to navigate.
    Red Orbit

  • 09 - 29 - 14

    Liberians, friends in Worcester pray for stop of Ebola

    Donna Gallagher, MSN, MA, instructor in family medicine & community health and nursing and co-director of the UMMS Office of Global Health, is quoted in an article about ongoing support for Ebola patients in Liberia.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 28 - 14

    Massachusetts DA to host suicide prevention course

    Barry Feldman, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UMMS Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety, will be presenting “Lifelines”, a four-part program on suicide prevention, at Smith College.
    WWLP 22 News

  • 09 - 26 - 14

    Only on 5: Doctor recovering from Ebola recounts ordeal

    A healthy but tired Rick Sacra, MD, read a statement and took questions at a press conference at UMass Medical School on Sept. 26, confirming that he likely contracted Ebola while caring for patients at ELWA Hospital in Liberia.
    WCVB Channel 5 Boston
    Boston Globe
    WBZ Channel 4 Boston
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Wocester Telegram & Gazette
    WBUR
    WBUR
    Reuters
    Boston Herald
    Washington Post
    WOWT NBC Omaha
    Fox Boston
    WAMC
    WLNE ABC Channel 6
    Masslive
    Comcast Sportsnet

  • 09 - 25 - 14

    Making a splash for ALS

    Employees at Fitness Concepts complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The money raised was donated to the UMASS ALS Cellucci Fund at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    The Landmark

  • 09 - 25 - 14

    Worcester’s sickest residents benefiting from nonprofit food partnership

    Mentioned in an article about The Community Harvest Project is a recent project they’ve piloted in conjunction with UMMS students who are developing a food pharmacy model used to promote healthy food choices.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 09 - 24 - 14

    UMass Medical School Research Funding

    James Leary, Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations, talks about the decrease in research funding at yesterday’s panel discussion on NIH funding with US Rep. James P. McGovern.  The discussion panel included Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medical Education, dean of the School of Medicine and provost and executive deputy chancellor; Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology; and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, and associate provost for global health.
    Worcester News Tonight Charter TV3

  • 09 - 23 - 14

    Fragile X Program Scores $35M NIH Award

    Joel D. Richter, Ph.D., professor of molecular medicine, in collaboration with Gary J. Bassell, Ph.D., at Emory University, and Eric Klann, Ph.D., at New York University have received NIH funding to study three molecules that appear to play important underlying roles in Fragile X syndrome and could be potential targets for future drug development.
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News 

  • 09 - 23 - 14

    Gene Linked to Development of Skin Cancer in Mice

    An article about enzymes linked to cancer skin tumors in mice mentions the research of Paul Thompson, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology.
    Bioscience Technology

  • 09 - 23 - 14

    Treating Mild Hypertension With Drugs May Be Misdirected

    A study by  Stephen A. Martin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, found that prescribing medications to some patients at a low risk for hypertension does not improve outcomes and wastes health care resources.
    Medscape Medical News

  • 09 - 23 - 14

    UMass doctor receives a large grant for cutting edge research into Pediatric cancer

    Jack Leonard, PhD, professor of microbiology & physiological systems talked to WNT about the $250,000 Hyundai grant he received to research pediatric cancer.
    Worcester News Tonight Charter TV3

  • 09 - 23 - 14

    We are UMass Medical School (Convocation week 2014) – Video

    UMass Worcester celebrated the start of the academic year with a week of Convocation 2014 events, recognizing faculty and students. This video highlights ceremonies honoring the achievements of the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Graduate School of Nursing, and captures Chancellor Collins’ promise in his annual address of ‘moments of exhilaration and success’ for the academic medical center.
    IPS Cell Therapy
    Grays Medicine 

  • 09 - 22 - 14

    3D printing enters new world at UMass Medical School

    Jie Song, PhD, associate professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, explains how using a 3D printer expedites research into novel materials that can be used to accelerate the regeneration of bone material.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 22 - 14

    Malnourishment among elders undetected in ER

    Sarah McGee, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine, talks about malnutrition among elders.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 22 - 14

    Patients don't always know best

    An article about the roles of the physician and family in deciding treatment options includes a quote from Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry.
    Straits Times 

  • 09 - 19 - 14

    6 Ways Food Affects Your Mood

    Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the links between diet, mood, emotional eating and mental health.
    Everyday Health

  • 09 - 19 - 14

    The Repercussions of Gerard Depardieu's 12 Bottles of Wine a Day

    Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, explains the effects heavy drinking has on the body.
    Yahoo Health

  • 09 - 18 - 14

    FDA Panel Rejects New Oral Testosterone Replacement Drug

    Chair of the FDA’s advisory committee Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, explains why the panel voted against recommending approval of oral testosterone undecanoate (TU) gel capsules as testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT).
    Medscape Medical News

  • 09 - 18 - 14

    Health was a top priority on Beacon Hill

    UMass students administer flu shots at the State House Health Fair. James Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, and Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine and senior associate dean for educational affairs, are quoted in the article.
    WWLP TV-22 News Springfield 

  • 09 - 18 - 14

    Massachusetts Army National Guard Is Fighting A War Against Suicide

    In an article about the rising number of suicides in the National Guard, Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety at UMass Medical School, talks about the need to expand suicide prevention training to soldier’s families.
    WBUR

  • 09 - 18 - 14

    When Muscular Dystrophy Is Personal — And Global

    In an article about Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD), Peter Lawrence Jones, PhD, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, talks about his research into the biology of the disease.
    WBUR’s Common Health

  • 09 - 17 - 14

    UMass researcher: Flu potentially more deadly than Ebola

    At a recent Science Café Woo, Christopher M. Sassetti, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, explains when an influenza pandemic would be more deadly than the Ebola virus.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 16 - 14

    You May Not Really Need Your Blood Pressure Medication

    A study by  Stephen A. Martin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, found that prescribing medications to some patients at a low risk for hypertension does not improve outcomes —and wastes healthcare resources.
    Parade

  • 09 - 15 - 14

    Busy Worcester juvenile court sees fallout of opiate crisis

    An article about the rise in drug-related cases for the Worcester County Juvenile Court includes comments from Alan Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, about the increase in newborns addicted to drugs.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 15 - 14

    UMass study questions Alzheimer’s treatments

    Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, associate professor of quantitative health sciences.
    Boston Globe
    GoLocal Worcester
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Medscape
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    Bloomberg News
    Medical Daily
    Science 2.0
    Medical Xpress

  • 09 - 15 - 14

    Why mindfulness? A case for detached awareness

    An article about using mindfulness practices to combat a variety of health issues brought on by stress talks about the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness.  Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA, executive director for the Center for Mindfulness is quoted in the article.
    Mother Nature Network

  • 09 - 11 - 14

    Respiratory virus sweeping country is likely to hit Massachusetts

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, and Christina R. Hermos, MD, MS, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in an article about the outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a severe respiratory virus that is sickening children in the Midwest and Southeast.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 11 - 14

    Crying foul: Report uses Red Sox data to spotlight MLB fan injuries

    An article about injuries suffered by fans while attending Major League Baseball games refers to a study by Andrew M. Milsten, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine. 
    Boston Business Journal

  • 09 - 11 - 14

    More than one way to fight Ebola

    An article about Richard Amsden Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, the third American doctor to be diagnosed with Ebola, mentions that UMass Medical School is collecting donations through its Globe Health program. 
    The Landmark

  • 09 - 11 - 14

    UMass endowment rises to record $757 million

    President Robert L. Caret announces that fundraising throughout the five-campus UMass system increased by 12 percent during the past fiscal year, helping to drive the University’s endowment to a record $757 million. UMass Medical School in Worcester raised $32.1 million; UMass Amherst raised $45.7 million; UMass Lowell raised $20.5 million; UMass Boston raised $13.6 million; and UMass Dartmouth raised $4.5 million. 
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 09 - 14

    Caring 101: A Simple Lesson For The First Days Of Medical School

    An op-ed by Chancellor Michael F. Collins talks about the privilege of caring for others as first year medical students embark on careers of healing.
    WBUR

  • 09 - 08 - 14

    NIH Awards More than $1M in microRNA Grant Funding in September

    Wen Xue, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, was awarded an NIH grant to study the potential of miR-34a as a treatment for lung cancer, with the goal of establishing technologies that can be used to study the therapeutic potential of other miRNAs, as well.
    Gene Silencing News

  • 09 - 07 - 14

    Ahead of the game: Area sports programs tackle concussions

    J. Herbert Stevenson, MD, assistant professor of family medicine and community health, is quoted in an article about concussions in young athletes.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 04 - 14

    Colleagues describe doctor

    UMMS faculty members Warren J. Ferguson, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and Virginia J. Van Duyne, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, spoke at a press conference about their colleague Richard Amsden Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, the third American doctor to be diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia.
    WCVB Channel 5 Boston
    Wall Street Journal
    WHDH Channel 7 Boston
    WBZ-TV Channel 4 Boston
    WHDH Channel 7 Boston
    BostInno
    Boston Globe
    NECN
    WFXT Fox 25 Boston
    WBUR
    WGGB Fox 6 Springfield
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Comcast Sportsnet
    Worcester News Tonight
    Boston Globe
    Masslive.com
    Masslive.com
    Masslive.com
    NECN
    ABC News
    WBZ Channel 4 Boston

  • 09 - 04 - 14

    Worcester health center hands out fresh produce to low-income families

    To help address the high level of food insecurity among patients, medical students Elizabeth Rosen, SOM 2017; Kathryn Bailey,  SOM 2017; and Rachel Erdil, SOM 2017 started the Farm to Health Center Initiative in July. The program offers free vegetables and fruits grown at the Community Harvest Project in Grafton  to hundreds of families on Thursday mornings at Family Health Center.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 01 - 14

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at UMass Medical School, Zitzewitz, Bosco, Landers, Bilsel

    Prior to taking the Ice Bucket Challenge Jill A. Zitzewitz, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology; Daryl A. Bosco, PhD, associate professor of neurology; John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, and Osman S. Bilsel, PhD, research associate professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology explain how their research at UMMS is bringing scientists closer to finding a cure for ALS.
    IPS Cell Therapy

  • 09 - 01 - 14

    Boomer Health: Is ALS breakthrough imminent?

    An article about the Ice Bucket Challenge and funds raised for ALS research references the clinical trial at UMMS.
    The Palm Beach Post

  • 09 - 01 - 14

    Will money raised from Ice Bucket Challenges yield cure for ALS?

    Chair and Professor of Neurology Robert H. Brown, Jr. explains how donations raised from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge social media campaign will aid the latest research to find a cure for ALS.
    Boston Globe
    New York Daily News

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