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The Relay Innovation Engine

The Relay Innovation Engine, which identifies promising drug candidates from academic research institutions and early-stage biotechnology companies, is the brainchild of a Tufts University team of inventors (David Greenwald, Sackler; Brigham Hyde, M09; Rachel Lomasky, E05, E10) and a finalist for this year’s top 2011 Open Minds Video Competition award from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The team is competing against more than a dozen other innovations from campuses around the world for the top prize.

Here’s the video entry that landed The Relay Innovation Engine a spot in the finals:

You can vote for The Relay Innovation Engine by selecting its video from the list of finalists and clicking “Submit.” The voting period ends today.

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Tufts and USDA Team Up on Research

Tufts has teamed up with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on preventing heart disease. In this video, Tufts University School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Ernie Schaefer talks about how he first got interested in studying heart disease as a medical resident and how “good” cholesterol or HDL is a key component in heart health:

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The Worm Crew

In this video, Tufts University School of Medicine gastroenterologist Joel Weinstock tells of how he first began studying the effects of parasitic helminth infections on inflammatory bowel diseases:

A recent article published by The Scientist on the use of worms in the use of disease treatment reads:

Weinstock and his colleagues hypothesized that rather than the presence of some environmental factor leading to the uptick in certain autoimmune disease, perhaps the absence of something was to blame. Maybe steering clear of worm infections was also robbing individuals living in industrialized nations or developed urban centers of crucial immune-system modulation that had arisen through millennia of coevolution with these parasites, they reasoned.”

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Race, Place and Health Science

Tufts researchers from the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute have been featured in a podcast put out by Boston’s Museum of Science. The podcast, entitled “Race, Place and Health Science,” focuses on health studies in the Boston area. The piece covers issues such as the danger of living too close to the highway in Somerville and how the state of parks in Lawrence may affect obesity rates.

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The Community Health Advocates at Tufts

The Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT) is the first official student group in the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree program. Made up of Tufts graduate students hailing from a variety of backgrounds, CHAT provides a forum for collaboration between future health care leaders from the Tufts community and advocates for causes such as health care policy and disease prevention.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Public Health Association, CHAT recently blogged about their support of the Act FRESH campaign policy agenda.

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Tufts Med Student Visits Haiti for Holidays

Thomas “T.” Bennett, a third-year student at Tufts School of Medicine, spent this past holiday season in Haiti. Concerned about the dangerous effects of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck the country a year ago, Bennett decided to dedicate his vacation from school to teach seminars on cholera prevention to young people. He also spent time with orphans, helping to organize educational projects and celebrate the holiday season.

In August of 2009, Tufts School of Dental Medicine sent 19 volunteers on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. A collection of Tufts’ reaction to the tragedy in Haiti can be found here.

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The Antibiotics Dilemma

Tufts School of Medicine Professor Stuart Levy, a global authority on antibiotics, spoke to Dan Rather for a segment on the HDNet news program “Dan Rather Reports” on the topic of antibiotic resistance. The program originally aired Jan. 11 and airs again at noon on Jan. 15 and 16. Watch a preview of the segment below or read this overview in the Huffington Post.

The Boston Globe also recently interviewed Professor Levy about the dilemma of antibiotic resistance.

Levy is director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology.

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