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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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Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Ever Wonder: How Does Depression Affect Us? 170421_EW_depressed_S A disease that is distinct from sadness, it influences people differently, says biomedical sciences professor The Tufts video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions for the curious about all manner of topics—from why we have cravings to why the oceans are salty. You can view the entire series at Source:
  • 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.

Department of Clinical Sciences

  • Benefits of Reading to Spot 08/03/2017 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A child participating in a research study reads to a dog on August 3, 2017. Deborah Linder, Research Assistant Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is leading a project to study the effect of therapy dogs on the stress level of children working on reading skills.   (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University) CROP NAME OUT BEFORE USEIn a study, reading aloud to dogs improved children’s attitudes toward school books.
  • Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer cancerdog_dozerWBZ-TV (CBS Boston) A clinical drug trial for lymphoma in dogs, currently enrolling at Cummings School, has shown promising results in the treatment of the disease. Drs. Cheryl London and Abbey Sadowski were interviewed for this story about how the treatment helped one local dog and how it might have the potential to help advance treatment ...
  • Tufts Researchers Find First Genomic Biomarkers in Extracellular Vesicles heartdiseasetufts-8212d362The article discusses a study by Vicky Yang, Andy Hoffman and others from Cummings School’s Department of Clinical Sciences that found important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and congestive heart failure.
  • 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.

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

  • A Step in the Fight Against a Deadly Parasite 180914_cryptosporidium_research_s Scientists at Tufts devise a method to store the Cryptosporidium parasite, aiding vaccine research efforts In May, just before one of the hottest summers on record, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about diseases lurking in recreational water facilities like swimming pools and water playgrounds. The culprit in nine out of ...
  • Experts warn of risk of infection during tick season tick season_Apr 25 2018In a news segment for WCVB (ABC Boston), Sam Telford provides his take on predictions around the upcoming tick season and offers advice on preventing tick bites.
  • Influenza’s wild origins in the animals around us Disease ecologists now know that waterfowl can be a reservoir for influenza virus, and conduct surveillance on wild birds. Paige Gingrich, CC BY-NDWith the 100th anniversary of the “Spanish flu” approaching, Jonathan Runstadler writes a piece for the Conversation US looking at the origin of influenza in animals and how understanding the ecology and history of the disease in animals could provide valuable information to aid in preventing future risks to humans.
  • Can We Eradicate Goat Plague? 03/10/2017 - Dadaab, Garissa County - A refugee wipes the dust from his face as he herds his goats to graze in the early morning on March 10, 2017.  (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)A Cummings School researcher is looking to wipe out a viral illness that threatens endangered species-and the livelihoods of families in the developing world.

Department of Environmental and Population Health