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Seizures: Cause and Possible Prevention

Jamie MaguireJamie Maguire, PhD, joined the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2010. She is a member of the graduate programs in Neuroscience and Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Maguire earned her doctorate in neuroscience from George Washington University and did postdoctoral research at the University of California – Los Angeles. “My background is primarily in epilepsy research, and we’ve been focusing on the potential role of GABA [gamma aminobutyric acid] receptors,” says Maguire. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures, which often manifest as convulsions or loss of consciousness. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the adult nervous system; GABA works with other neurotransmitters and hormones to control neurological activity. Maguire and her research group are working to understand how changes in GABAergic inhibition can precipitate seizures, and what might be done to limit or prevent such seizures. Read more »

Using Economics to Model, Predict, and Change Behavior

William MastersIn 2010 William Masters, PhD, joined the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where he is professor and chair of the Department of Food and Nutrition Policy. Masters received a BA in economics and political science from Yale University and a PhD in applied economics from Stanford University in the Food Research Institute. He came to Tufts from Purdue University where he was a professor and associate head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. His research interests include malnutrition and poverty, agricultural development, and the use of new incentives and institutional arrangements to promote the development of markets that better meet people’s needs. Read more »

Control of Electric Energy Systems

Aleksandar StankovićIn 2010 Aleksandar Stanković, PhD, joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as the first Alvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering. Stanković earned an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University before joining Tufts. Stanković has worked in the area of electric energy systems for twenty years and is currently focused on control, estimation, and dynamic modeling of these systems. “It’s one of those areas that naturally connects with many other fields, such as mechanical engineering and environmental engineering,” says Stanković. Read more »


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