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.

RSS Recent Press Releases

  • 3D printed pill samples gut microbiome to aid diagnosis and treatment July 24, 2019
    The pill is the first known working device capable of non-invasively and accurately assessing the profile of bacterial species inhabiting any stage of the gastrointestinal tractMEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (July 24, 2019) — A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed ingestible pill that samples bacteria found in the gut -- known […]
  • Study reveals genetic similarities of osteosarcoma between dogs and children July 19, 2019
    Tufts University and TGen novel findings for this deadly bone cancer could lead to better treatments for people and petsBOSTON, Mass., and PHOENIX, Ariz., (July 19, 2019)—A bone cancer known as osteosarcoma is genetically similar in dogs and human children, according to the results of a study published today by Tufts University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute […]
  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University hosts 37th Commencement May 13, 2019
    NORTH GRAFTON, Mass. (May 13, 2019)–Equipped to excel at career paths ranging from veterinary medicine to conservation medicine, the study of infectious disease, and advancement of animal policy and animal welfare issues, 147 students will be awarded degrees on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. from New England’s only veterinary school, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine […]

Cummings in the News

  • Join the Fight Against Lyme Disease The Lyme Disease Challenge event November 1 seeks students and faculty from disparate fields to combat the disease Students, post-docs, and faculty from across Tufts University are invited to lend their expertise and fresh ideas to the fight against Lyme disease—no medical experience necessary. Source: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/join-fight-against-lyme-disease
  • This Tufts veterinary student spent the summer playing music for very good dogs to see if it helped with short-term stress Boston Globe Second-year veterinary student, Sidney Beecy, discusses her research project that looks at the effect of music on short-term stress in dogs. Also quoted is Seana-Dowling Guyer, who is working with Sidney on this project, alongside Dr. Emily McCobb and Tufts University psychology professor, Ani Patel. Read full article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/09/27/this-tufts-veterinary-student-spent-summer-playing-music-for-very-good-dogs-see-helped-with-short-term-stress/YEgwEURoy9vhILydLWjBEN/story.html
  • Biotech is going to the dogs – and big profits await Reuters Moose, a patient who is participating in a lymphoma clinical trial at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, is featured alongside his owner, in this story on the growth of biotech drug development in veterinary medicine. This piece also includes quotes from Dr. Cheryl London. Read full article here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-biotech-pets-focus/biotech-is-going-to-the-dogs-and-big-profits-await-idUSKBN1W414U
  • Link found between humans, dogs with bone cancer A link found between dogs and humans with bone cancer could lead to better treatment for both children and man’s best friend, according to a new study published by Tufts University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona.
  • An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people? Our pets get sick in the same way we do. Finding cures for them is proving useful for us, too.

One Health Research

Research News and Stories by Academic Department

Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Helping Women in Recovery helping woman in recoveryCreating better animal models may help pregnant women—and support children exposed to opioids in utero.
  • 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 http://everwonder.tufts.edu. Source: http://now.tufts.edu/articles/ever-wonder-how-does-depression-affect-us
  • 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.

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

  • Join the Fight Against Lyme Disease clear bottle with deer tick captured in it for research project The Lyme Disease Challenge event November 1 seeks students and faculty from disparate fields to combat the disease Students, post-docs, and faculty from across Tufts University are invited to lend their expertise and fresh ideas to the fight against Lyme disease—no medical experience necessary. Source: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/join-fight-against-lyme-disease
  • Why is there a EEE vaccine for horses but not for humans? 190913_ask_expert_eee_vaccine_sCummings School Professor Sam Telford, an expert on infections spread by mosquitoes and ticks, explains Actually, there is a human vaccine for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), but it has never been approved for public use.
  • How to Stay Safe from EEE mosquito on skin The rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus has been detected in Massachusetts and Connecticut A second human case of Eastern equine encephalitis virus infection this year was confirmed in Massachusetts last week, in a young Grafton man. Meanwhile, the first human case of EEE in the state in six years—a man over sixty from southern Plymouth ...
  • 3D printed pill samples gut microbiome to aid diagnosis and treatment Microbiome sampling pill in the small intestineThe pill is the first known working device capable of non-invasively and accurately assessing the profile of bacterial species inhabiting any stage of the gastrointestinal tract

Department of Environmental and Population Health