WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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SAM OGDEN/DFCI Pioneering Doctors DR. PATRICIA MIRON X DR. PAUL RICHARDSON X DR. LYNDA SCHNEIDER X DR. MICHAEL VASCONCELLES X DR. LEONARD ZON X Today, Dr. Schneider evaluates new therapies for allergic diseases "Advising patients about the risk of recurrence puts them in control through clinical trials. Since the 1990s, one of Schneider's specialties has and opens up choices," explains Miron. Her lab uses new methods that been treating atopic dermatitis, the skin disease known as eczema. She combine traditional molecular and chromosomal techniques to iden- leads a multidisciplinary team including a psychologist, nutritionist, and tify smaller abnormalities and consequently improve diagnostics. nurse practitioner at Boston Children's Hospital caring for children While Dr. Miron's research focuses on genetics, Dr. Jennifer Ligibel with the disease, especially important since children with eczema often of Wellesley, Senior Physician in the Women's Cancer Program at Dana develop allergies to specific foods, pollens, pets, dust mites, and more. Farber Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Schneider also brings her multidisciplinary perspective to food allergy Medical School, leads research on the effects of lifestyle on patient research. Moving beyond avoidance as the primary treatment, she health. Her energy balance studies involving exercise and diet show that works with colleague Dr. Dale Umetsu on programs that introduce tiny physical activity can be performed safely both during and after treat- amounts of allergens such as peanuts to build desensitization over time. ment for breast cancer, and that women who increase physical activity For Dr. Patricia Miron of Wellesley, Director of Cytogenetics at at these times experience improvements in fitness, strength, and over- University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, it was her own all quality of life. Kelley Tuthill, a participant in one of Dr. Ligibel's recessive genes responsible for her red hair (as well as her phenomenal studies, comments on her own empowering experience: high school biology teacher) that sparked her interest in genetics and Dana Farber was to participate in an exercise study throughout fellowship at Harvard. Miron's lab conducts pre-and-post-natal testing my chemotherapy. What a lift that was for me physically and men- for inherited disorders as well as cancer diagnostic testing. Tests of tally. It was such a positive experience to be supported and encour- genetic material determine whether a patient has or is at risk for inher- aged to exercise throughout my treatment. I had expected to be ited diseases such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, or Tay-Sachs, and lying around in bed or throwing up all the time like you see in a enable her to provide counseling and education to affected patients. 74 One of the first unique opportunities that came my way through from Yale, a PhD in molecular biology from MIT, and a post-doctorate We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 subsequent decision to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology Lifetime movie. Instead, there I was, bald at the gym watching

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