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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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  • Researchers find first genomic biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in veterinary patients July 14, 2017
    Study of canine mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure provides clues to target therapies in dogs and human mitral valve prolapse Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure. This is the first biomarker […]
  • Grant supports hands-on surgical and clinical veterinary training simulation lab June 26, 2017
    GRAFTON, Mass. (June 26, 2017) – Plans to create a new state-of-the-art simulation lab that provides hands-on surgical and clinical training to students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will take a major step forward thanks to a $100,000 Cummings Foundation, Inc. grant.
  • Could Therapy Animal Visitation Pose Health Risks at Patient Facilities? June 19, 2017
    Nationwide survey of hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations reveals gaps in health and safety policiesGRAFTON, Mass. (June 19, 2017)—A survey of United States hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations revealed their health and safety policies for therapy animal visits varied widely, with many not following recommended guidelines for animal visitation. The research […]

Cummings in the News

  • ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients Researchers at Cummings School are working with leading ALS experts at University of Massachusetts Medical School to try to identify new therapies to treat Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, the dog version of ALS. In this NBC Boston story, researchers from Cummings talk about a current canine clinical trial and highlight one of the patients who ...
  • Meet the dogs with OCD This story on obsessive compulsive disorder features the translational work of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Dodman, former head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, on canine compulsive disorder (CCD). The piece references two related patient cases Dr. Dodman treated at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and includes comments from Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, current head of Tufts Animal Behavior ...
  • Intellectual and Emotional Benefits of Dogs This radio interview with Dr. Deborah Linder, associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction, focuses on the benefits of animal-assisted intervention on the humans they interact with. The conversation highlights recent research from the Institute on how reading to therapy dogs impacted literacy skills and reading attitudes in second-grade students.
  • How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes Chris Whittier is collaborating on a study investing the link between flies and the spreading of a skin disease amongst giraffe populations throughout Africa.
  • ‘These drugs are killing our kids’: Why teen brains are more vulnerable to fentanyl and opioid addiction Fair Vassoler is quoted in this article about the dangers fentanyl and opioids pose to teenagers.

One Health Research

  • ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients Greta_canine ALSResearchers at Cummings School are working with leading ALS experts at University of Massachusetts Medical School to try to identify new therapies to treat Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, the dog version of ALS. In this NBC Boston story, researchers from Cummings talk about a current canine clinical trial and highlight one of the patients who ...
  • Meet the dogs with OCD SR - Spinning-300dpi copyThis story on obsessive compulsive disorder features the translational work of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Dodman, former head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, on canine compulsive disorder (CCD). The piece references two related patient cases Dr. Dodman treated at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and includes comments from Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, current head of Tufts Animal Behavior ...
  • Intellectual and Emotional Benefits of Dogs TherapyDogLiteracyThis radio interview with Dr. Deborah Linder, associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction, focuses on the benefits of animal-assisted intervention on the humans they interact with. The conversation highlights recent research from the Institute on how reading to therapy dogs impacted literacy skills and reading attitudes in second-grade students.

Research News and Stories by Academic Department

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Clinical Sciences

  • Curiosity Saved the Cats Curiosity Saved the Cats_510x300_InteriorFinalThe untold story of how a small team of researchers saved the lives of millions of felines—and helped identify the cause of AIDS.
  • Fighting Canine ALS 170328_dogs_ALS_S Human patients could benefit from a study that's underway in dogs with a fatal paralytic disease A gene-silencing therapy under development for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is being tested at Tufts in dogs with degenerative myelopathy, a fatal paralytic disease that is similar to ALS. “If you look at the clinical progression , ...
  • 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

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

Department of Environmental and Population Health