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September 2004, Issue 3

Removing Organic Chemical Contaminants from the Earth's Soils
Linda M. Abriola, PhD, a civil engineer whose research focuses on novel cost-effective interdisciplinary approaches to deal with groundwater contamination, was named dean of the School of Engineering in 2003.
Diabetes at the Subcellular Level
Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD, and his group focus on diseases in which mitochondria play a key role, including diabetes and anemia. One innovative technology they use is the Optical LiveCell Array, a transparent micron-sized array of wells.
Studying the Effects of Race on Group Dynamics
Samuel R. Sommers, PhD, is an experimental social psychologist interested in issues of race and how race-related stereotypes influence the way people process information and make decisions in the real world.
Using Economics to Answer Questions on US Food Policies
Parke E. Wilde, PhD, joined the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy as an assistant professor in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program in September 2004.
Paul Murphy, Director of Research Administration
Paul Murphy, JD, MPA, came to Tufts in May 2003 to join the Office of the Associate Provost for Research (recently renamed the Office of the Vice Provost) as its first director of research administration.
Treating Heart Disease with a Patient's Own Stem Cells Douglas W. Losordo, MD, associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and chief of cardiovascular research at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, is currently directing the first US adult stem cell clinical trial for the treatment of heart disease.

The Tufts University Core Facility (TUCF)
The Tufts University Core Facility (TUCF) has been providing reliable biomolecular products and services to Tufts, Tufts-New England Medical Center, and other academic and industry researchers since 1987.

NO-COST EXTENSIONS
A no-cost extension of the expiration date of an awarded project can be requested if you have submitted a proposal to continue the project but have not yet been awarded the continuation and need time to bridge the gap, or you need additional time to finish experiments essential to the project.
Patenting and Licensing Technologies
The mission of the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) is to make Tufts technology available for public benefit, to promote research by facilitating collaboration with industry, and to generate research-supporting income.
Student Research Involving Humans
Student research that involves human subjects requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Research includes any systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, or to develop, test, or evaluate past, present, or future research, whether or not the results are published.
Institutional Review Board Approval for International Human Subjects Research
Besides the normal challenges of developing an ethical protocol for human subjects research, investigators working in foreign countries have the additional challenge of learning about the local culture and norms and developing their protocol with these norms in mind.

May 2004, Issue 2

Understanding Children and Their Families to Make a Difference in Their Lives
Ellen Pinderhughes, PhD (Psychology, Yale 1986), began working full time as an associate professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development in September 2003, but she had been an active visiting faculty member for the previous academic year.
An Experimentally Derived Model of Parathyroid Hormone—Receptor Binding
Michael Rosenblatt, MD, the new dean (November 2003) of Tufts University School of Medicine, could easily be thought of as a hard-core biochemist because of the research he does on the structural biology of hormone-receptor interactions.
Social Wasps and Bees
Philip T. B. Starks is an assistant professor of behavioral ecology in the Biology Department. After receiving his PhD in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell in 1999, Starks held a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at UC Berkeley, where he was hosted by Wayne Getz.
Infectious Agents of Zoonotic Diseases - Is Genetically Identical Truly Biologically Identical?
Sam R. Telford III, ScD, joined the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in September 2002 as an associate professor. Trained in tropical infections, Telford is an ecologist who brings a new perspective to the study of infectious disease.
Kate-Louise Gottfried
Director of Research Integrity for Tufts-NEMC and the Tufts Health Sciences Campus

Kate-Louise Gottfried, JD, MSPH, came to Tufts / Tufts-New England Medical Center in June 2003 to fill a new position, director of research integrity.
Expanding Cancer Research at Tufts-NEMC and Tufts University
The first year of the Molecular Oncology Research Institute (MORI) has been very successful. According to the institute's executive director, Philip Tsichlis, MD, "within a year and a half, we have an institute with twelve outstanding investigators."

The Tufts University / Tufts-New England Medical Center Imaging Facility (TNIF)
The Tufts / Tufts-NEMC Imaging Facility (TNIF), also known as the Neuroscience Imaging Facility, provides equipment and expertise for conventional fluorescence microscopy, confocal and multiphoton microscopy (including FRAP and FRET analyses), and laser capture microdissection.

Internal Sponsored Coordination Form (ISC Form) for Proposal Submissions
As your proposal nears completion, you need to fill out the appropriate Internal Sponsored Coordination Form (ISC form) for your campus (Medford or Health Sciences) and get it to the Office of the Vice Provost, along with a copy of your proposal and a Financial Interest Disclosure Form.
Tufts Technology Startups
Every startup company has a unique story about how it came to be. One may have had an element of serendipity in its origins, while another may have come from a researcher's dogged persistence. However they come about, Tufts startups pass through similar steps.
New IRB Education Requirements for Tufts Health Sciences and Tufts-NEMC
The IRB Executive Committee has revised the IRB human subjects protection education requirements for Tufts University Health Sciences and Tufts-NEMC.
Human Research Protocols - Full Review, Expedited Review, or Exempt
The IRB for the Social and Behavioral Sciences on the Medford campus serves researchers whose work involves living human subjects, tissue or material from living humans, or data concerning identifiable human subjects.

January 2004, Issue 1

Music As a Window to the Brain
In 2002 Jamshed Bharucha, PhD, began a new phase of his career as provost and senior vice president of Tufts University. Before coming to Tufts he was a teacher, researcher, and administrative official at Dartmouth College.

The Intricacies of Bone Growth
Jinkun (Jake) Chen, DDS, PhD, studies the molecular and cellular basis of periodontal regeneration, bone formation, and bone metastasis of malignant tumors.

 

Manipulating Mouse Genetics to Answer Intriguing Questions
Maribel Rios, PhD (Tufts 1997), trained with Suzanne Roffler-Tarlov in the Department of Anatomy (Program in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology).

Bringing Archaeology into the Computer Age
Professor Anthony "Tony" Tuck, PhD (Brown University), recently joined the Tufts faculty as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Classics.

 

Grant Writing Assistance
Offered by the Vice Provost for Research.

After the University decided to hire a grantwriter with a strong background in science, a string of coincidences brought Sackler graduate M. S. (Peg) AtKisson here.

The Tufts/Tufts-NEMC Expression Analysis Core (TEAC)
The Tufts/Tufts-NEMC Expression Analysis Core (TEAC) is designed to provide to investigators at Tufts University and Tufts-New England Medical Center the most modern techniques for analyzing gene expression.

Subcontracts
If you are applying for funding and you plan to have parts of the project performed by one or more collaborators at another institution, you need a subcontract in place with each collaborating institution.

Material Transfer Agreements
Among the services provided to Tufts investigators by the Office of the Vice Provost is assistance in the transfer of inventions, be they ideas or materials, between Tufts and commercial entities or other academic institutions.

Changes Afoot at the Health Sciences Campus IRB
The Health Sciences Campus IRB is located on the 8th floor of 35 Kneeland Street in Boston and can be reached at (617) 636-7512. Under the direction of Kate-Louise Gottfried, the IRB office is undergoing major changes designed to improve and streamline its services.

Research Involving Humans Requires Special Attention
The Social & Behavioral Sciences IRB (Medford Campus) is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost, located in Ballou Hall at (617) 627-3417. All research involving human subjects, including student research, requires IRB approval.

 

2011: Issue 13
2010: Issue 11, Issue 12
2009: Issue 10
2008: Issue 8, Issue 9
2007: Issue 7
2006: Issue 6
2005: Issue 4, Issue 5
2004: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3

 

 

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