BWH Research and Innovation in the News


World Medical Innovation Forum and other neuroscience news:

■ The launch of 50 Million Faces (#50MilionFaces), a new social media campaign launched through the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH, is covered by ABC News,  Boston Herald, Boston Herald Radio, WBUR Commonhealth, WBZ Radio and WBZ/Ch.4, NECN, MyFox Boston, WHDH, WCVB and Boston magazine

■ Dr. David Silbersweig is quoted in the Boston Business Journal and the Boston Herald about the “Disruptive Dozen,” 12 emerging technologies most likely to change the psychiatric and neurological landscape over the next 10 years, which were presented at the World Medical Innovation Forum last week.

■ Dr. Howard Weiner speaks with WBZ about hopeful new research and therapies in the battle against multiple sclerosis, and BWH patient Nicole Whitmore shares her experience living with the disease and her optimism about finding a cure.

■ BWHC President Dr. Betsy Nabel is quoted in The Boston Globe, following her panel discussion at the World Medical Innovation Forum about transformation and innovation.

Dr. Reisa Sperling talks to Prevention magazine about the A4 study, which aims to prevent or halt the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.

Breast cancer surgery; lymphoma risk; and other cancer research:

■ Dr. Mehra Golshan joins NECN to talk about genetic testing for breast cancer.

■ Dr. Golshan’s research on breast conserving therapy and improved chemotherapy treatments is covered by WebMD, CBS Boston and Cancer Therapy Advisor.

Dr. Melissa Lechner talks with Boston magazine about a recent study she co-authored, which found a link between breast implants and lymphoma.

Innovation and innovators:

Dr. Thomas Lee talks with The Boston Globe Magazine for its “Game Changers” issue about the use of 3-D models for face transplants at BWH.

■ Dr. Jeff Karp’s study, which demonstrates how new technology can improve the safety of small batteries if ingested, is covered by Discover Magazine and on KGW Portland. Dr. Karp also talks with WFMZ-TV about a new hydro-gel technology that can deliver immune suppressant drugs locally to minimize toxic effects and with Bloomberg about a new surgical glue that could patch holes and join blood vessels in the heart.

■ The Boston Business Journal covers a recent innovation event in Boston hosted by MSDI, that featured some of the biggest health care names in Boston who came together to offer insight into what it takes to form a partnership. BWHers Pothik Chatterjee and Joshua DiFrances are quoted.

MICU Nurse Director Kathleen Leone talks with The Washington Post about a pilot program at BWH and other hospitals that is using iPads to help improve the patient experience.

Live Science mentions BWH in an article about smart bandages for wounds that require ongoing care.

■ BWH is mentioned in a Beta Boston article about a new, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring device.

Disaster relief and trauma care:

■ Dr. Dan Schwarz, who was in Nepal when the earthquake hit on Saturday, describes ongoing efforts to direct aid to earthquake victims and determine best responses to this disaster in Boston magazine.

Drs. E. J. Caterson and Matthew Carty talk with General Stanley McChrystal and others for a Fast Company story about BWH’s surgical teams’ response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which the writers say illustrate the virtues of adaptability.

Health and habits:

■ Dr. Tamarra James-Todd talks with Environmental Health Perspectives about the need for more research on the potential health effects of hair products.

■ Dr. David Gitlin talks with The Boston Globe about the lack of public awareness surrounding body-focused obsessive compulsive disorder.

■ Dr. Paula Johnson talks with The Guardian about the impact of excluding sex differences in health research.

■ Dr. Charles Czeisler tells U.S. News & World Report that once sleep-deprived people repay their “sleep debt,” they won’t be able to sleep more than about eight hours each night.

Dr. Anne-Marie Chang’s study comparing the effects of using electronics with reading a printed book is cited in a Los Angeles Times article about how to get a good night’s rest.

Dr. Frank Scheer joins Radio Boston to discuss his new research, which looks at the timing of meals and the impact of when you eat on glucose levels. The Harvard Gazette also covers these findings and so does The Scientist.

Dr. Katherine Economy talks with U.S. News & World Report about the best ways to ensure a healthy pregnancy while living with a chronic disease.

■ BWH nurse Lisa Barrett, RN, talks with WCVB about how a relaxation technique is helping patients get through major surgery with less anxiety and fewer complications.

■ BWH dietitian Stacy Kennedy talks with U.S. News & World Report about ways to overcome the challenges of taste and weight changes while undergoing chemotherapy.

Dr. Meryl LeBoff talks with Health24 about her recent research, which links weight loss to bone loss among middle-aged women.

Dr. Arash Mostaghimi talks to Racked about his research on spironolactone, a drug that may help control adult acne.

Dr. Meryl LeBoff talks with Reuters about her new study, which links weight loss to bone loss in middle-aged women.

Dr. Neal Lindeman talks with NPR about personalizing cancer treatment with genetic testing.

Miscellaneous research and innovation:

■ BWH biochemist Dr. Jonathan Thon discusses his research using a bioreactor that replicates human blood platelets in a news story that aired on a California ABC News affiliate.

■ Dr. Robert Green talks with US News, New Scientist and Popular Science about BabySeq, a research project that will explore the benefits and risks of genome sequencing at birth.

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