News Makers 2016

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  • 08 - 31 - 16

    Former opioid addicts speak at UMass on International Overdose Awareness Day

    A panel discussion was held at UMass Medical School to raise awareness of International Overdose Awareness Day.



    Springfield Republican

  • 08 - 31 - 16

    Medical Schools Confront Opioid Crisis with Greater Focus on Pain, Addiction Education

    Sean Maloney, MD, a recent School of Medicine graduate, was interviewed for a story about the school’s intensive training in pain management and opioid prescribing.


  • 08 - 30 - 16

    Dr. Ana Maldonado-Contreras wins AGA Research Scholar Award: 5 highlights

    Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD,  instructor in microbioloy & physiological systems, won the 2016 AGA Research Scholar Award.

    Becker's GI & Endoscopy

  • 08 - 30 - 16

    Schools recruiting moms for health study on talking to teen girls

    Researchers at East Tennessee State University are partnering with UMass Medical School on a five-year study designed to help mothers communicate with their teenage daughters about health issues

    Maryville Daily Times

  • 08 - 26 - 16

    Body donations for medical research on the rise at UMass Medical School

    Amanda J. Collins, director of anatomical services, talks about the Anatomical Gift Program at UMass Medical School and why some people choose to donate to the program.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 26 - 16

    New England Center for Children opens $11M autism institute

    Elaine Gabovitch, an autism spectrum disorder specialist at UMass Medical School, is quoted in a story about the New England Center for Children's recent expansion, and the need for autism services in the state and the region.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 08 - 24 - 16

    Re-engineering the world through your DNA

    A story about research into new treatments using CRISPR references efforts by Jeremy Luban, MD, the David J. Freelander Professor in AIDS Research and professor of molecular medicine, to use CRISPR/Cas9 to excise HIV from human cells.


  • 08 - 22 - 16

    Nanoparticle that Mimics Salmonella Counteracts Chemotherapy Resistance

    Beth McCormick, PhD, vice chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, Gang Han, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Regino Mercado-Lubo, MD, a postdoctoral fellow, discover a Salmonella protein that increases the efficacy of some cancer drugs. Delivered to mice with colon and breast cancer using a specially designed nanoparticle, the protein was able to dramatically shrink tumors.

    National Cancer Institute

  • 08 - 22 - 16

    Smartwatch activity tracker aids mHealth researcher with run regimen

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about using her fitbit activity tracker to monitor her exercise.


  • 08 - 19 - 16

    BrainStorm announces positive results from ALS study

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is quoted in a story about a phase 2 clinical trial for a stem-cell-derived ALS treatment development by BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. UMass Medical School is one of three sites enrolling patients in the trial.

    Crop Protection News

  • 08 - 19 - 16

    Study Looks at Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment

    A retrospective study by Karen Clements, ScD, MPH, senior project director at Commonwealth Medicine, found patients with hepatitis C encounter barriers to obtaining sofosbuvir or simeprevir treatments, which are more effective than other therapeutics, beyond the high cost of the drug.

    MD Magazine

  • 08 - 18 - 16

    Wearable drug-use tracker is latest weapon in opioid fight

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Worcester News Tonight

    KCCI-TV Des Moines

  • 08 - 17 - 16

    Are You Addicted to the Sun?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, explains how and why people become addicted to indoor tanning.

    U.S. News & World Report

  • 08 - 17 - 16

    Hospitals are throwing out organs and denying transplants to meet federal standards

    A study co-authored by Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the division of organ transplantation, showed a sharp uptick in the number of people dropped from organ transplant waiting lists since the federal government set transplant standards in 2007 and that the increasing reluctance to perform transplants on the sickest patients is directly tied to the onset of the standards enforced by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    PBS Newshour


    Becker Hospital Review

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

    Sleep expert Gregg D. Jacobs, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about his conquering insomnia program, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy.

    New York TImes

    Globe Magazine

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    Monitors can track patients’ opioid use

    Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.

    Boston Herald

  • 08 - 15 - 16

    Advancing nursing education

    Joan Vitello, PhD, dean of the graduate school of nursing, is quoted in a story about colleges and universities in Worcester advancing nurse education.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    ALS cure effort lives on after founder’s passing

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, remarks on the passing of Kevin Gosnell, founder of ALS ONE.

    Boston Herald

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    Quest Diagnostics Launches Digital Tool, CogniSense, to Assess Dementia

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, comments on Quest Diagnostics’ new digital cognitive assessment tool to assist physicians in diagnosing, assessing and managing the care of people with cognitive dysfunction.

    Alzheimer's News Today

  • 08 - 08 - 16

    An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychology, is referenced in a story about the growing number of alternative treatments for psychosis that focus on holistic approaches to healing.

    New York Times

  • 08 - 05 - 16

    Wearables a potential weapon for stemming opioid addiction [Q&A]

    A study by Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, found that wristbands monitoring skin temperature and movement can be used to track and predict opioid use with a fair degree of accuracy. The ability to identify instances of opioid use and opioid tolerance in real time could be helpful to manage pain or substance abuse treatment.


  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Dr. Mark Johnson to lead UMass Medical neurosurgery department — 6 highlights

    Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

    Becker's Spine Review

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Editorial: UMass Medical School’s ALS Success

    John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, led a team of more than 80 scientists who found that variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial. Funding for the work came from donations made as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Worcester Sun

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    New Numbers Show Opioid Epidemic Rages On In Massachusetts

    Toxicologist Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about an increase in opioid-related deaths due to the use of fentanyl.

    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Students Seek to Protect Patients, Spotlight Rural Training Options

    Fourth-year medical student Carline Yang, SOM ’17, comments on the AAFP’s student delegates adopting resolutions that addressed protecting patient welfare and identifying programs that offer rural training opportunities.

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    I’ve Been a Pediatric Surgeon for 30 Years. I Know Firsthand What Bullets Do to Kids

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the damage gunshot wounds can cause to children.

    The Trace

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Kids With NAFLD and T2D Risk More Serious Liver Problems

    Benjamin Nwosu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, comments on a new study which found that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children is also associated with abnormal glucose metabolism characteristic of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

    MedPage Today

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Over doctors' objections, Legislature mandates coverage for long-term Lyme disease treatment

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, was quoted in a story about a new law that now requires insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Simulation, data tool Rx for safer opioid care

    UMass Medical School 2016 graduate Emily Yuan, MD, talks about a standardized patient program at UMass Medical School designed to teach safe pain prescribing techniques, which has become a model for other medical schools around the country.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Study Identifies RNA Molecule That Acts as Brake on Inflammation

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, has identified a long noncoding RNA that is responsible for controlling innate immune processes by making sure inflammatory genes in macrophages are switched off until needed.

    Lupus News Today