Inbox [Dec. 18]: UMass Medical gets $3.1M for heart study, WorcShop shares in $242K in state grants, WPI researchers make cancer breakthrough, Health Connector deadline looms

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

UMass Medical School awarded $3.1M to monitor, improve heart attack care in Worcester

UMass Medical School has been awarded a four-year, $3.1 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for Community Surveillance of Coronary Heart Disease. The new grant, previously known as the Worcester Heart Attack Study, continues four decades of monitoring local heart attack patients to improve treatment and outcomes under the direction of Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., founder and principal investigator.

“We’re going to study contemporary trends in the magnitude of heart disease in the greater Worcester community. We’re going to monitor changing and current trends in the in-hospital and long-term outcomes of patients hospitalized with heart attacks, also called acute myocardial infarctions. And we’re going to look at changes taking place in patient management,” said Goldberg, professor of quantitative health sciences.

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UMass Medical School

“What we want to learn is, will these trajectories continue: Will [the] incidence of heart attacks continue to decrease? Will patients’ prognosis continue to improve? And how much more effectively can patients be managed?”

Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since the mid-1980s, the community-based study provides 40 years of data about the number of heart attacks among residents of the greater Worcester community and outcomes of their medical care during and after hospitalization. It also provides insights on how patients who experience heart attacks are treated by physicians in the community.

“We’re going to have a 40-year picture of heart disease, which is unique. What we’ve learned since 1975 is that even though Worcester heart attack patients have become older and sicker, often having multiple diseases, the incidence of heart attacks is declining, and patients’ [prognoses] both in-hospital and post-discharge is getting better,” said Goldberg. “We think this is because patients are being much more aggressively managed with evidence-based care.”

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website


State announces inaugural round of Collaborative Workspace Program Awards

At an event last Thursday at The WorcShop in Worcester, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $950,000 in grant funding to 23 organizations across Massachusetts to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the commonwealth’s cities and towns.

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Inbox [Dec. 7]: Becker adds to financial leadership team, Clark’s LEEP wins national honor, Worcester State study eyes Latino men opportunity gap, UniBank announces Invest Worcester

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Becker hires new executive director, leadership giving

Jane Grant of Worcester has been hired as the executive director of leadership giving, Becker College announced.

“Jane brings with her an extensive knowledge of both the Worcester community and advancement services,” said Colleen Bielitz ,Ph.D., vice president of institutional advancement and chief business development officer at Becker. “Her energy and expertise are vital to building our advancement team to meet the needs of our growing institution.”

Worcester Sun, Dec. 7: Randell on what City Council needs to do next, PCBs thoughts + more

Legislative delays, medical safeguards high on legal marijuana to-do list |  “We’ve had discussions about delaying some of the dates to give us more time to fine tune the bill, and in the next few weeks we have to make final decisions on that,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Medical Society has shifted its focus from opposing legal pot to pressing for public health safeguards in the regulation of marijuana. Post-Trump, state business confidence index continues climb |  That bullishness, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and economists said, was driven in part by Donald Trump winning the presidency, despite uncertainty around the specific details of his campaign proposals. “The numbers certainly show a post-election bounce,” Sara Johnson, a senior research director at Global Economics, said. Sun commentary

Randell: Let’s spend a little more time on cutting expenses in Worcester |  “Don’t we owe it to those people who put all of this time and effort into the report to make sure some action is taken?

Inbox [Nov. 20]: Incutto nets basketball honor, SPM-SJ add a side of lunch to rivalry game, Mercantile Center announces leases, Becker offers teacher training at Be Like Brit

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Incutto to be inducted into Mass. hoop coaches’ Hall of Fame

Fran Incutto, longtime basketball coach at Worcester Voke, Holy Name and Burncoat High, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 55th annual MBCA Hall of Fame Induction and Coach of the Year Banquet is set for 4 p.m. today [Sunday, Nov. 20] at the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.

Local Business Spotlight: That Breeze you feel is the momentum behind Zephyr Workshop

The Worcester-based startup has harnessed some magical powers — for instance, childhood passion for Japanese anime and business acumen that focuses on the customer — to rise in the gaming world. If real-world (tabletop) playability with fantastical characters appeals, check out “AEGIS” and look for new creations ahead from this team of Becker grads led by Breeze Grigas. Sean Haley has the story.

Inbox [Nov. 13]: MassDiGI game gurus team up against income inequality, Assumption talks religious freedom, Unity in the Community hosts Thursday event, shred documents at Sutton UniBank

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Becker, MassDiGI collaboration makes game to start national conversation

Becker College and MassDiGI have collaborated with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to build the free, fast-moving and fun social-impact game, “Lotto Boxes,” to address income inequality, what President Barack Obama has called “the defining challenge of our time.”

The mobile game’s development team, which also includes Worcester-based startup Petricore Games, led by Becker alumnus Ryan Canuel, and Becker senior Rejon Taylor-Foster, publicly launched the open beta version of “Lotto Boxes” at the SVCF Innovation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., last month.

“Working on ‘Lotto Boxes’ with Becker, MassDiGI and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation was a great opportunity for us,” said Canuel. “The high level of communication and collaboration that went into the effort was the key to finding the right way to balance the social impact message with gameplay.”

Inbox [Oct. 30]: MassDiGI and Pacheco honored, ‘Ice Storm’ author at Clark, Delta Dental pledges $20K to mobile effort, Bravehearts named top organization, WCLOC holds auditions

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MassDiGI, Pacheco earn EforAll Summit Awards

Kyla Pacheco of Action! Worcester and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute at Becker College will be honored on Thursday at the Entrepreneurs for All Summit.

Pacheco has been named top entrepreneur, and MassDiGI won the group’s innovation award.

Kyla Pacheco speaks at a Worcester IdeaLab event.

Kyla Pacheco speaks at a Worcester IdeaLab event.

In the two years since Action! Worcester was founded, Pacheco has been a champion in the growth of the city of Worcester and has helped empower people and organizations to continue working together to revitalize the city. As an economic development-focused nonprofit with two foundational pillars — Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Development — the organization has its hand in many areas of development in the city.

Local Business Spotlight: Ryan Canuel and Petricore love it when a plan comes together

In the same month as Petricore’s first anniversary, Canuel, a 2015 Becker graduate, was named the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. “Ryan has spent the last few years making all the right moves,” MassDiGI executive director Tim Loew said. “We’re proud of him and how his team’s grown.” Canuel and Petricore, indeed, are a Worcester success story. Read all about it.