Christopher DeFrancesco '95 (CLAS)

Chris DeFrancesco has been writing for UConn Health since 2007. He is a proud graduate of UConn’s journalism program. As an undergraduate in Storrs he was one of the play-by-play voices of UConn men’s and women’s basketball on WHUS-FM, a writer for the Daily Campus, and a campus shuttle bus driver. He’s been a freelance writer, editor of two weekly newspapers (Bloomfield Journal and Windsor Locks Journal), and most notably a reporter and anchor on WTIC NewsTalk 1080. He is a four-time winner of the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association Walt Dibble Award for Personal Excellence in Radio. Chris also is an elected officer in his union (UHP Local 3837) and serves on the board of the Newington Children’s Theatre Company, Connecticut’s longest-running youth theatre program. He lives in Newington with his wife, Caroline, daughter, Audrey, and their dogs, Spot and Alex.

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Cardiac Imaging Study Shows PROMISE

The Pat and Jim Calhoun Calhoun Cardiology Center has been invited to be a test site for a groundbreaking clinical trial. The National Institutes of Health is studying the use of cardiac imaging to diagnose problems associated with chest pain, the most common clinical cardiology problem. The PROspective Multicenter Imaging Study for the Evaluation of Chest Pain, or PROMISE study, is the first randomized imaging trial in the history of cardiology. It seeks to enroll 10,000 patients at more than 200 sites throughout the U.S. The UConn Health Center was the first site in Connecticut to join this study, with […]

UConn Cardiologists Uncover New Heart Attack Warning Sign

Dr. Bruce Liang led research on a protein fragment that is a likely biomarker for heart attack.

Meet the Health Center’s First Newborn of 2011

Dr. Jay Bolnick delivered the first baby born at the Health Center in 2011. Farmington Patch reports Maisen Kamryn Baxter was born just after 2 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. See the full story and more photos at

UConn Cardiologists Uncover New Heart Attack Warning Sign

Health Center cardiologists have identified a protein fragment that when detected in the blood can be a predictor of heart attack. Their research, led by Dr. Bruce Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, is published in the January 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It found heart attack patients had elevated levels of the protein fragment known as Caspase-3 p17 in their blood. “We’ve discovered a new biomarker for heart attack, and showed that apoptosis, or a particular kind of cell death, is a cause of heart muscle damage.” Liang says. […]

January Events at the UConn Health Center

Following is a rundown of UConn Health Center events in January: Nutrition for a Healthy Heart Wednesday, January 5, 2 to 4 p.m., UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building The UConn Health Center’s Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information. Free Women’s Cancer Support Group Thursday, January 6, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room The Women’s Cancer Support Group is open to women newly diagnosed with […]

UConn Cardiologist is First in New England with New Treatment

A new device used to treat peripheral arterial disease offers an alternative to bypass surgery.

Army Grants Back Bioengineer’s Effort to Regenerate Tissue

Lakshmi Nair is exploring ways to regrow musculoskeletal tissue using regenerative biomaterials.

Biomedical Engineering Society Honors Health Center VP

Dr. Cato Laurencin has been elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Giant Magnet Installed … Through the Roof

Getting the main component of an NMR spectrometer into the Health Center building was a challenge.

Saturday’s Scholars

Health Center's Saturday Academy helps high school students start their UConn careers.