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Winter 2010, Issue 12

Timothy Griffin Connecting Agriculture, Food Production, and the Environment
Timothy Griffin, PhD, joined the faculty of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in 2008. He is director of the school's Agriculture, Food and Environment Program and is a faculty steering committee member of the interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Program.
Kurt Pennell Environmental Contaminants: In Our Water—In Our Bodies
Kurt Pennell, PhD, PE, BCEE, joined the School of Engineering in 2009. He is professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His current research focuses on the environmental fate and neurotoxicity of engineered nanomaterials and organic pollutants, groundwater remediation technologies, the role of persistent organic pollutants in Parkinson’s disease, and the influence of neuroactive steroids on seizure control.
Leon Reijmers Understanding the Molecular Basis of Memories
Leon Reijmers, PhD, joined the Tufts University School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience in 2009. He received his PhD in neuroscience from Utrecht University in The Netherlands and did postdoctoral research with Mark Mayford at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Reijmers’ research group studies how the brain stores memories.
Gail Sonenshein Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Breast Cancer
Gail Sonenshein, PhD, joined the Department of Biochemistry in 2010. Her research focuses on molecular signaling mechanisms in breast cancer—the “stop” and “go” signals that can turn a normal cell into a malignant one.
AffiliatesCreating Better Vaccines
John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH&TM, joined Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in 2007. He is chairman and pediatrician-in-chief, as well as chief administrative officer, for Floating Hospital. He is also the David and Leona Karp Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Featured Core Facility/CenterTufts Institute of the Environment
The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide education and research institute devoted to advancing and disseminating knowledge about the many ways that human interactions affect the environment. TIE has three areas of focus: energy and climate, health and the environment, and water.
EventsResults of NIH Reviewer Focus Groups
Over the summer, the Office of Proposal Development, in collaboration with Naomi Rosenberg from the Sackler School and Linden Hu from Tufts Medical Center, organized focus groups of Tufts faculty members who had served recently on NIH study sections. The goal was to discuss how the recent changes to NIH submission requirements have affected the process of peer review and the reviewers’ experiences with the new, shorter proposal format.
Research Administration Your Research May Be Governed by Export Controls
U.S. export controls regulate the export of security-sensitive materials, information, and technology to countries or citizens of foreign countries. Most university research is not subject to export control because one or more of the following exclusions apply: fundamental research exclusion, employment exclusion, and education exclusion.
OTL&ICWelcome New Member of OTL&IC Team
Linara (Lina) Axanova, PhD, joined the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) in October 2010. She is a licensing associate who is the primary contact for material transfer agreements and nondisclosure agreements for Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center.
IRB Working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) from the Researcher’s Perspective (Health Sciences Campus)

A Researcher’s Perspective on Working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
(Medford/Somerville Campus)

IBC Mandatory Biosafety Training
Prior to beginning work with any biohazardous material, principal investigators are required to register the work with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and obtain approval. All research personnel listed on the registrations are required to attend a “Basic Biosafety in the Research Laboratory” seminar within 90 days of this approval.
U.S. PatentsU.S. patents issued to Tufts University between January 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010.

Spring 2010, Issue 11

Sergei Mirkin Delving into DNA Repeat Expansion
Sergei Mirkin, PhD, joined the Department of Biology in 2007. His research group explores the complex structure and function of DNA. Current research projects include replication and expansion of simple DNA repeats, transcription–replication interplay and its effect on the organization and stability of the genome, and unusual DNA structures, including DNA triplexes.
Karen PanettaPreventing Disasters Through Prediction and Detection
Karen Panetta became a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2009. Her current research focuses on improving health and safety through enhanced detection of such divergent threats as cancer, explosives, and aircraft failures.
Charles SykesUnderstanding the Chemistry of Complex Molecules on Surfaces
Charles Sykes, PhD, joined the Department of Chemistry in 2005. His research group uses low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to visualize and control single atoms and molecules on conductive surfaces.
Staff at the Tufts Health Sciences Campus Institutional Review Board
The team of professionals at the Institutional Review Board (IRB) helps advance research involving human subjects on the health sciences campuses in Boston and Grafton. The Health Sciences Campus IRB serves Tufts Medical Center, the Floating Hospital for Children, New England Eye Center, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, the Tufts University schools of medicine and dental medicine, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Regenerative Properties of the Sonic Hedgehog Gene
Roberto Pola, MD, PhD, joined the Center for Cardiovascular Research at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (CSEMC) in 2008 as an associate investigator. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and has an adjunct position at the Center of Cancer Systems Biology at CSEMC.
In Vivo Animal Imaging, Model Design, and Development
The Small Animal Imaging/Tumor Biology Facility of Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and expertise for anatomical and molecular imaging in live animals. Interacting closely with the Animal Pathology Core and the Tufts Medical Center Transgenic Core, the Small Animal Imaging/Tumor Biology Facility offers a range of services for studying normal and disease processes and for testing therapeutics in live animals.

Research Day on Global Health and Infectious Disease
Vice Provost Peggy Newell and Michael Rosenblatt, medical school dean at the time, welcomed attendees and introduced Joyce Sackey, MD, the newly appointed dean for multicultural affairs and global health at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Research Administration Major Changes to NIH and NSF Research Funding Requirements
1) NIH Changes to Submission Requirements
2) NIH and NSF Changes to Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement
3) New NSF Requirement for Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan
Tech TransferNew Web Pages Speed Licensing of Materials and Devices
The Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) has added two new services to facilitate the out-licensing of technologies developed at Tufts University and Tufts-affiliated hospitals.
Institutional Review Board (IRB): Tips for a Successful Review
Protocols that come to the IRB offices with all the information the boards need typically make it through the review process quickly and easily. The offices for the Tufts University health sciences and Tufts Medical Center (the Health Sciences Campus IRB) and for Tufts University social, behavioral and educational research (the Medford/Somerville Campus IRB) have prepared the following tips to assist investigators.
IBCThe institutional biosafety committees oversee all recombinant DNA research and biohazardous materials research that is conducted at or sponsored by Tufts University or Tufts Medical Center. The committees ensure that such research is performed with proper concern for the safety of research personnel, the environment, and the surrounding communities, and that it is in compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines.
U.S. patents issued to Tufts University between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009.


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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