News Makers 2017

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  • 01 - 31 - 17

    RNA Interference Between Kingdoms

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and chair of the RNA Therapeutics Institute, discusses the possibility that plants use RNAi-like mechanisms as a defense against pathogens.

    The Scientist

  • 01 - 31 - 17

    UMass Medical, law enforcement to study prison substance abuse

    UMMS is partnering with departments of corrections in Connecticut and Rhode Island and sheriffs in Middlesex and Barnstable counties to study best practices in treating substance abuse in prisons and jails.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 01 - 29 - 17

    Trump’s Ban Isn’t Just Inhumane—It’ll Make America Dumber

    Erik J. Sontheimer, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, and Alireza Edraki, a PhD candidate in the Sontheimer lab, are quoted in a story about the impact the executive order on immigration will have on  biomedical research programs that employ foreign-born nationals.


  • 01 - 29 - 17

    UMass Medical School cracks top quarter of NIH funding

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins is quoted in a story about UMMS ranking in the top 30 of U.S. medical schools receiving National Institutes of Health funding.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 22 - 17

    Kalter: Sights set on glaucoma fight

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is quoted in an article about the need to replace   eye drops prescribed for glaucoma, which are costly and often administered improperly, with newer technologies to treat the disease.

    Boston Herald

  • 01 - 20 - 17

    What’s next after the Women’s March?

    Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion, is quoted in an op-ed about this weekend’s protests and what may follow.

    Washington Post

  • 01 - 18 - 17

    Is the Default Mode of the Brain to Suffer?

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine, is referenced in an article about the default mode of brain function and meditation.

    New York Magazine

  • 01 - 18 - 17

    MVCS telemedicine clinic boosts mental health care on Martha’s Vineyard

    Alan P. Brown, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, is using a telemedicine clinic to see patients on Martha’s Vineyard via videoconference.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 17 - 17

    Panelists predict potential 'devastating' impact to Mass. hospitals if Affordable Care Act is repealed

    Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH, chief federal strategist for Commonwealth Medicine at UMMS and professor of family medicine & community health; 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 Patrick L. Muldoon, MBA, ACHCE, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, participate in a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act with U.S. Rep. James McGovern.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 01 - 15 - 17

    Clearing up cloudy OUI pot detection

    Toxicologist Peter R. Chai, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Jeffrey T. Lai, MD, medical toxicology fellow, explain the difficulty of getting an objective reading on the level of impairment drivers experience after using marijuana.

    Boston Herald

  • 01 - 12 - 17

    Life-saving diphtheria drug is running out

    Deborah C. Molrine, MD, MPH, deputy director of clinical affairs at MassBiologics and professor of pediatrics, told Science that MassBiologics has identified a human monoclonal antibody that neutralizes the toxin produced by diphtheria—an important advance that could replace the current serum-derived antitoxin.


  • 01 - 11 - 17

    5 Big Mysteries about CRISPR's Origins

    Erik J. Sontheimer, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, says that the gene editing biology behind CRISPR may be more than a simple bacterial defense mechanism and could play an important role in gene regulation.

    Scientific American

  • 01 - 09 - 17

    A Family’s Shared Defect Sheds Light on the Human Genome

    Job Dekker, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology,  explains how his groundbreaking work to map the 3D shape of the genome and his research into topologically associating domains is shedding new light on genetics and disease.

    New York Times

  • 01 - 08 - 17

    Fentanyl Overdoses Are Rising And Science Can’t Keep Up

    Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP, professor of quantitative health sciences, comments on the rise of fentanyl-related seizures and overdose deaths.

    Huffington Post

  • 01 - 08 - 17

    UMass Medical School seizes expansion opportunity

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Andrew W. Artenstein, MD, regional executive dean, discuss the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health program UMMS is opening at Baystate Health and the expansion of the UMMS medical class.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 01 - 07 - 17

    Taking multiple medications? You may also be taking excess risks

    Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine and professor of medicine and family medicine & community health, said that recognizing a medication’s side effects can help patients avoid “prescribing cascade.” This happens when, instead of stopping the drug that is causing the problem, a physician prescribes yet another medication to treat the side effect — which can lead to additional side effects or interactions.

    Washington Post

  • 01 - 07 - 17

    Video Intervention Persuasive for Screening Recommendations

    Barry G. Saver, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health, evaluated novel decision aids designed to help patients trust and accept controversial, evidence-based U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations about prostate cancer and mammography screening.

    Health Day News

  • 01 - 01 - 17

    Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients

    Stephen Martin, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, comments for story about how restricting opioid prescribing is harming some patients suffering from chronic pain and that deepening doctor-patient conversations about managing pain and seeking alternative treatments need to happen more often.

    Boston Globe