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  • 09 - 28 - 17

    New addiction treatment program in Family Drug Court addresses the whole family

    David A. Smelson, PsyD, professor of psychiatry, discusses the challenges of adapting the “MISSION” –  Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach and Networking – model developed by UMMS for addiction treatment to care for an entire family.

    Greenfield Recorder

  • 09 - 28 - 17

    To lower costs, Massachusetts seeks to limit Medicaid drug coverage

    An article about Massachusetts officials seeking permission from the federal government to limit the number of medicines that would be covered by MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, references a plan to work with UMMS to develop a “rigorous review process” to set coverage for new drugs that are guaranteed clinically proven and effective.

    STAT News

  • 09 - 25 - 17

    Horrific scenes can take an emotional toll on responders

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, explains the psychological stress that first responders experience.

    Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

  • 09 - 23 - 17

    At last! A vaccination jab that can help to prevent against Lyme Disease

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

    The Daily Mail

  • 09 - 23 - 17

    Many with chronic illness denied prescriptions in fight against opioids

    Dennis Dimitri, MD, vice chair and clinical professor of family medicine & community health, explains how physicians balance prescribing opioids for short-term, acute pain, and reducing the risk of addiction for chronic pain.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 19 - 17

    ‘Forbidden topic’ plagues nurses

    Changes to the UMMS nursing curriculum, including the addition of addiction education programs, is referenced in a story about opioids. Jill Terrien, PhD, ANP-BC, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, was interviewed for the story.

    Boston Herald

  • 09 - 19 - 17

    After 20 Years, A Drug That Silences Genes Succeeds

    An article about a new RNAi therapy coming to clinic recounts RNAi’s initial discovery by Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, more than 20 years ago.

    Forbes

  • 09 - 19 - 17

    Franklin County family drug court gets $2.1M gran

    UMMS will evaluate a $2.1 million grant given to the Franklin County Probate and Family Court for the purpose of addressing the “impact of opioid, other substance use, and co-occurring disorders on families in rural western Massachusetts.” The program is based on a similar evidence-based model developed by UMMS called “MISSION” –  Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach and Networking – which has been implemented in other Massachusetts court systems.

    Greenfield Recorder

    Daily Hampshire Gazette

  • 09 - 18 - 17

    Effects of childhood trauma explored in Worcester talk

    Heather C. Forkey, MD, the Joy McCann Professor and associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted in a story exploring how childhood trauma can negatively affect a child’s emotional well-being, but also worsen their mental  and physical health, and even alter their DNA.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 18 - 17

    Fall River lab working on cutting-edge gene therapy

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, talks about the first product—a gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease— to be manufactured at the Fall River facility.

    South Coast Today

  • 09 - 18 - 17

    Fever eases behavioral problems in some children with autism

    Andrew Walter Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, comments on a new study which found that 17 percent of children with autism are calmer and more communicative than usual when they have a fever.

    Spectrum News

  • 09 - 13 - 17

    Massachusetts leading the way in opioid education

    UMMS is leading the charge to improve the way medical schools train students and providers fight opioid abuse, according to a WCVB-TV report that aired on Sept. 13 during a live, hour-long “Matter of Fact: State of Addiction” special. Kevin O’Day, MD, SOM ’16; Maggie Donovan, DNP, nurse practitioner and UMMS alum; Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd, professor of medicine, associate dean for undergraduate education, curriculum innovation and the Interpersonal Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation; and Jill Terrien, PhD, ANP-BC, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, were quoted in the story.

    WCVB-TV

  • 09 - 13 - 17

    Uxbridge teen, mother face challenges posed by Crohn’s disease, colitis

    Jay G. Fong, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Thomas M. Shields, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in a story about a local woman living with Crohn’s disease.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 10 - 17

    Wall & Main: How Clark, UMass Medical School help Worcester’s startup scene

    Brendan O’Leary, executive vice chancellor for Innovation and Business Development, is quoted in an op-ed about the talent UMMS has attracted to Worcester and the valuable intellectual property that talent has developed. The article also mentions start-up ventures and programs by Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute; Guangping Gao, PhD,  the Penelope Booth Rockwell Professor in Biomedical Research, professor of microbiology & physiological systems, and director of the Horae Gene Therapy Center; Celia Schiffer, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; Phil Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences, chair and professor of the RNA Therapeutics Institute; Michael 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; and Christian Mueller, associate professor of pediatrics.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 08 - 17

    Biosimilars: Consensus Recommendations Issued

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about new recommendations on the use of biosimilars for rheumatologic diseases.

    MedPage Today

  • 09 - 06 - 17

    As Key Data Loom, Nobel Winner Mello Reflects on RNAi 'Sci-Fi' Story

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, comments on the promise of RNAi-based therapeutics.

    Xconomy

  • 09 - 05 - 17

    Local authors tell the story of Pete Frates and his viral Ice Bucket Challenge

    Casey Sherman’s new book  The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS references the ALS Cellucci Fund at UMass Medical School and includes remarks from ALS researcher John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology.

    Patriot Ledger

  • 09 - 05 - 17

    Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about integrative medicine about how meditation can be a valuable tool for doctors addressing psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression and addiction.

    U.S.News & World Report

  • 09 - 04 - 17

    Editorial: City of industry transformed to city of knowledge

    An editorial about the transformation of the Worcester economy from manufacturing to innovation references UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette