News Makers 2017

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  • 03 - 30 - 17

    Muting X chromosome silencers may serve as remedy for Rett

    Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair in Genetic Research and chair and professor of molecular, cell &  cancer biology, comments on a new study which found that manipulating pathways that help silence a copy of the X chromosome may help treat Rett syndrome, a condition closely related to autism.

  • 03 - 29 - 17

    Waivers represent a quieter way for Republicans to change health care

    An op-ed by Rachel Gershon, JD, associate at the Center for Health Law and Economics, looks at ways Republicans could still change health care without repealing the Affordable Care Act.


  • 03 - 26 - 17

    AMCP elects a pharmacy director from UMass Medical School to its board

    Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, pharmacy director at Commonwealth Medicine, has been elected to the board of directors of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 26 - 17

    Dianne Williamson: Disease won’t sidetrack Kade McCann

    John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, and his research into ALS genetics are referenced in a story about Kade McCann, a local teen with myotonic dystrophy.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 26 - 17

    Lyme disease preventable by taking steps to avoid tick bite

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics at UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 26 - 17

    UMass Medical School announces Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship

    UMass Medical School has created a scholarship in the field of criminal justice health in honor of Warren Ferguson, MD, vice chair and professor of family medicine & community health.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 20 - 17

    Biologic-Naive PsA Patients Persist on Therapy

    A study by Leslie Harrold, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, MD, MPH, found that psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients who had not been exposed to biologic treatment stuck with tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapy longer than those who had previously used biologics.

    MedPage Today

  • 03 - 20 - 17

    Mass. lawmakers consider single-payer plan amid GOP efforts to replace ACA

    Katharine London, MS, principal consultant at the Center for Health Law and Economics, is quoted in a story about the potential of a new, single-payer health care system for Massachusetts.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 19 - 17

    As I See It: NIH cuts threaten life-saving efforts

    In an op-ed, Chancellor Michael F. Collins explains how the Trump administration's proposal to cut $6 billion or more from the National Institutes of Health would deal a devastating blow to biomedical research into new, life-saving treatments for millions of patients.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 18 - 17

    Groups tackle rising suicide deaths with support

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry; and James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, are quoted in an article about local suicide prevention efforts.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 17 - 17

    Match Day: Ex-acrobat flips over career as a surgeon

    On Match Day, the School of Medicine Class of 2017 learned where they will begin their careers as doctors, including 58 percent who have chosen primary care specialties. Chancellor Michael F. Collins, and SOM ’17 medical students Hazel Marecki, Gregory Foos, Andy Dowd, Courtney M. Temple, Chioma Okwara and Anouch Matevossian, were interviewed.

    Boston Herald

    NBC Boston TV

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester News Tonight


  • 03 - 16 - 17

    A Massachusetts Doctor's Story Of Fighting Ebola In Liberia

    Steven C. Hatch, MD, assistant professor of medicine, discusses his latest book Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story.


  • 03 - 16 - 17

    ACA repeal could worsen opioid epidemic

    Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP, professor of quantitative health sciences, is quoted in a story about the potential ramifications of the ACA repeal on treatment for opioid use disorder.


  • 03 - 16 - 17

    Flu season has peaked; doctors urge vigilance

    Jennifer S. Daly, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about the peak of the flu season having passed.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 16 - 17

    Massachusetts Helped Kill the Travel Ban Again

    UMass Medical School was referenced in an article about the legal battle against President Trump’s travel ban. 

    Boston Magazine

  • 03 - 16 - 17

    No Baby Should Be Born With HIV. What Will It Take to Save Them All?

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, the UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, and associate provost for global health, was quoted in a story about perinatal transmission of HIV.


  • 03 - 15 - 17

    UMass Medical School ranked best primary care school in New England

    UMass Medical School was ranked the top medical school for primary care education in New England, according to U.S. News & World Reports.


    Worcester Business Journal

    Boston Business Journal

    WGBH (no link available)

  • 03 - 05 - 17

    Excess brain fluid may predict autism in high-risk babies

    David N. Kennedy, PhD, professor of psychiatry, said identifying biological markers for autism is key to developing early interventions.

    NBC Today Show

  • 03 - 03 - 17

    College Town: Immigration timely topic at FSU, Becker

    Olga Valdman, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health will serve as a panelist on a forum about immigration at Becker College. Meredith Walsh, MPH, RN, GSN ’13,  executive director and co-founder of Worcester Refugee Assistance Project, will also participate on the panel.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette