News Makers 2017

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  • 08 - 31 - 17

    Former monk says he won’t back down in fight against international cosmetics giant

    Carmel Laboratories LLC has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L’Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise money for the poor. UMass Medical School, which developed the technology using a chemical compound found in the heart that can promote skin elasticity and  licensed it to Carmel in 2009, is named in the suit.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Philadelphia Tribune

    Worcester Business Journal

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 08 - 28 - 17

    A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

    Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology and molecular medicine, is quoted in a story about new study linking bacterial products to animal “healthspans” and life spans.

    The Scientist

  • 08 - 27 - 17

    Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

    The first UMass Medical School satellite campus opened at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Chancellor Michael F. Collins; medical student Kevin White, SOM 2021; Rebecca D. Blanchard, PhD, MEd, senior director of educational affairs at Baystate Health and assistant professor of medicine; and Harry Hoar, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in the story.

  • 08 - 24 - 17

    Worcester eye clinics report no cases of damage from eclipse - for now

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology, is quoted in a story about potential retinal damage caused by a solar eclipse.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 21 - 17

    For this investor, it’s a life-and-death venture

    Venture capitalist Ed Krapels invests in Apic Bio, which uses technology incubated at UMass Medical School, under the guidance of  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 Chris Mueller, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, with the goal of making a treatment for alpha-1 that is more like a cure and less like a palliative medicine.

    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    Concern over NIH cuts unites Worcester’s medical school, political leaders

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, lead a panel discussion about the potential cost of cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    MetroWest Daily News

    Worcester Magazine

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    UMass Med School specialist helps doctors learn about marijuana’s risks, benefits

    Alan Ehrlich, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in a story about educating physicians about the risks and benefits of prescribing marijuana.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 16 - 17

    Worcester schools, UMass Medical team up for food pantry, laundry rooms for students

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Kola Akindele, senior director for community and government relations, are quoted in a story about the launch of a new initiative being funded by the medical school to help alleviate the pressures of poverty on the area’s low-income students.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Magazine

  • 08 - 14 - 17

    A mysterious disease has plagued this family for generations. They may be on the verge of answers

    An article about a family’s fight against hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1, or HSAN1, a rare neuropathy, includes comments from Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, who has worked with the family for more than 40 years to understand and treat the illness.

    STAT News

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