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November 2005, Issue 5

Interpersonal Perception and Communication
Nalini Ambady, PhD, recently joined the Department of Psychology and now leads the Interpersonal Perception and Communication Laboratory. Her research group is defining how our perceptions of ourselves and of others affect our actions.
Stephen BunnellUnderstanding the T Cell Receptor Signaling Complex
In late 2003, Stephen Bunnell, PhD, joined Tufts as an assistant professor of pathology in the School of Medicine and a member of the Immunology Program in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. After earning his PhD in biology from Harvard University, Bunnell did postdoctoral work at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, where he developed techniques for seeing how proteins move during T cell activation.
Jonathan GarlickExploring Human Tissues with 3D Tissue Cultures
Jonathan A. Garlick, DDS, PhD, joined the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) last September as a professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering. He also has appointments in the Program for Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Enrico SpolaoreUnderstanding Political Change Through Economics
Enrico Spolaore, PhD, joined the Department of Economics in September 2004 as a professor of economics. He came to Tufts from Brown University where he was the Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of Political Economy and a faculty associate of the Watson Institute for International Studies.
More Help with Large, Multi-Investigator or Institutional Grants
The Office of the Vice Provost recently welcomed Theresa Vallese as grants management administrator, a new position within Research Administration. This new position is part of the office’s effort to increase services for large, multi-investigator or institutional grants. Vallese can assist principal investigators of large grants by managing time-consuming issues such as collecting faculty biosketches and preparing the large tables required for training grants.
Using Information Technology to Improve Management of Chronic Diseases
Garry W. Welch, PhD, is director of Behavioral Medicine Research at Baystate Medical Center, a Tufts-affiliated hospital located in Springfield, Mass. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. Welch is working to improve medical care and patient quality of life, while lowering the cost of care, by providing clinicians with computer-based case management tools that incorporate guidelines for clinical practice and patient self-management.

The Electrophysiology & Biophysics Core Facility
The Electrophysiology & Biophysics Core Facility (EBCF), directed by Kathleen Dunlap, PhD, provides researchers with equipment and expertise to monitor the nervous system’s “electricity” — i.e., the very rapid flow of charged ions across cell membranes.

Research AdministrationNIH eRA Common
The NIH continues to expand its offerings for electronic submissions through the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons system. To use the system, click here.

Medford/Somerville Campus IP Seminar: Protecting
Early-Stage Discoveries

In a seminar on intellectual property sponsored by the Tufts Office for Technology Licensing & Industry Collaboration, Anne Collins and Sandra Brockman-Lee of Hamilton, Brook, Smith and Reynolds offered advice on how to protect the patentability of early-stage discoveries without impeding research, collaboration, or the dissemination of data.

The Louis Lasagna, MD, Outstanding Institutional Review Board Member Award
The IRB of Tufts University Health Sciences and Tufts—New England Medical Center created this award to pay tribute to Louis Lasagna, an active member of the IRB from 1986 until his death in 2003.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IRB
Informed Consent: A Process Not Just a Piece of Paper
As with many laws, those governing informed consent were demanded after an appalling misuse of power and an affront to civilization.

March 2005, Issue 4

Creating Customized Computer Search Engines for Research Data
Carla E. Brodley, PhD, joined the Department of Computer Science in September 2004. Her main areas of interest are computer security and data mining. Data mining is the creation and use of computer algorithms to explore and organize data.
Optical Spectroscopic Methods for Early Detection of Cancer
Irene Georgakoudi, PhD, joined the School of Engineering as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in September 2004. She uses the properties of light to obtain detailed information about cells, especially cancer cells.
Community-based Programs to Prevent Obesity
Eileen T. Kennedy, DSc, RD, joined the Tufts community in July 2004 as the new dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Kennedy's extensive global research on the causes of poor nutrition has led to improvements in food, agriculture, and economic policies.
The Biochemistry of Tear Production
Driss Zoukhri, PhD, joined the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor of general dentistry in July 2003. After receiving his doctorate in biochemistry in 1992 from Paris-XI University in France, Zoukhri worked in the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as an instructor and investigator.
Tufts-NEMC MCRI Begins Broad Collaborative Studies on Blood Vessel Function
The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts-NEMC has received an $11.3 million, five-year renewable program project grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Tissue Engineering Resource Center
In August 2004 Tufts received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC), the first of its kind.

Important NSF and NIH Policy Changes
The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health recently announced several important policy changes that affect grant proposals. For information on the NSF, go to here.

OTL&IC Presents Seminars on Dealing with Intellectual Property
The Office for Technology Licensing & Industry Collaboration recently sponsored seminars on intellectual property for the Tufts research community.

New Computer-based Institutional Review Board Protocol Management System
The Office for Research Integrity and the Institutional Review Board (ORI/IRB) of the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and Tufts-New England Medical Center (Tufts-NEMC) are on the verge of launching a computer-based IRB protocol management system called BRAAN (pronounced “brain”), which stands for biomedical research and assurance network.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IRB
What is the IRB?
The Institutional Review Board is a committee that reviews research protocols involving human subjects to determine whether their design assures adequate protection of the study participants.

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