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Research in Action! News and Stories From Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is extremely proud of the achievements and ongoing work of the faculty, staff and students performing research on our campus and internationally with investigators from other universities, teaching hospitals and industry. Our projects are producing advances that are improving the health of domestic and wild animals, people, the environment and the food we consume.

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  • Undergrads interested in medicine and science take part in three-week enrichment program January 9, 2017
    UMass Boston students pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical sciences take part in a Tufts curriculum targeting disparities in the clinical and biomedical workforceTwenty-eight students from UMass Boston begin a three-week program at Tufts University School of Medicine to gain an intensive introduction to life as a physician or scientist. The TUSM/UMass Boston Enrichment Program […]
  • Early life social stress has long-term impact on brain networks in rats December 19, 2016
    Changes in connectivity in regions of the brain tied to social behavior, stress and depression can inform research on related psychiatric disorders in humansNORTH GRAFTON, Mass. (Dec. 19, 2016)—Investigators in veterinary and human medicine have uncovered long-term changes in the brains of adult female rats exposed to social stresses early in life, with the biggest impact […]
  • Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine plays special role in Westport farm animal cruelty case September 13, 2016
    GRAFTON, Mass. (September 13, 2016) --  Faculty, staff technicians, students and alumni from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have joined dozens of other organizations and individuals  in aiding more than 1,000 animals found on a rural property in Westport, Mass., in what the ASPCA believes to be the largest-ever farm animal cruelty […]

Cummings in the News

One Health Research

  • Spotting Cancer Contrast agent liver imageSharper imaging would promote earlier diagnosis of malignancies
  • Cardiac Repair Kits MickeyPeople could benefit from stem cell studies of heart-valve disease in dogs
  • Pandemic U Pandemic response teamThe importance of training a global workforce to thwart infectious diseases

Research News and Stories by Academic Department

Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Drug Abuse and the Family Tree Elizabeth ByrnesOpioid use in adolescence may affect the health of the next generation and beyond
  • Study Finds Parental Stress Triggers Depression Related Immune Changes Across Generations Mother and ChildA recent study by Benjamin C. Nephew, PhD, documents transgenerational effects of social stress on the immune systems and suggests that immune-based interventions may be effective at preventing or treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, and asthma in depressed mothers, their children, and future generations.
  • Sex differences: Luck of the chromosomes ChromosomesArlin Rogers says that male mice develop more tumors than female mice, despite the same lifestyle.
  • A Potential Breakthrough on Liver Cancer 140904_rogers_L“We don’t think this is going to cure liver cancer, but it might help prevent it,” says Arlin Rogers. “History shows the best way to reduce the burden of cancer is to stop it from occurring in the first place.” Tufts researcher finds that the hormone prolactin may help prevent the disease.

Department of Clinical Sciences

  • Spotting Cancer Contrast agent liver imageSharper imaging would promote earlier diagnosis of malignancies
  • Cardiac Repair Kits MickeyPeople could benefit from stem cell studies of heart-valve disease in dogs
  • New Veterinary Research Helps Distinguish Accidents from Abuse Cummings-Image-for-5.25.16-Release_for-web.jpg Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Find Different Injury Patterns in Abused Animals and Animals Hit by Cars NORTH GRAFTON, Mass. (May 25, 2016) – A veterinarian sees a canine patient with severe rib and head injuries whose cause of injury is unknown. Without having witnessed the incident, how can the ...
  • Banking Bird Blood Jennifer Graham and Kristine Burgess with birdFinding a way to safely store avian blood types would save more patients

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

  • CDC Day Takeaways CDC3The Center for Disease Control hosts a biennial Veterinary Student Day, offering students the chance to explore opportunities for veterinarians in the field of public health. This year Cummings School was represented by 19 students and one faculty member. These are their takeaways.
  • Rewriting the Code of Life Rewriting the code of lifeNew Yorker Sam Telford discusses his tick research. Read full story here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/rewriting-the-code-of-life  
  • Pandemic U Pandemic response teamThe importance of training a global workforce to thwart infectious diseases
  • The Fault in Our Sea Stars Starfish diagnostic imagingImaging technology could help thwart a disease that endangers the ocean’s ecosystem

Department of Environmental and Population Health