Winter 2019

Cooperative Outlook

Three exciting Tufts CTSI collaborations beyond campus.

By Molly McDonough

Tufts may be one of the smallest universities with a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH, but it’s also especially adept at securing new partnerships beyond campus. Outlined here are three examples of exciting recent collaborations.


Last May, Tufts CTSI announced a plan to team up with MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science to incorporate translational research into medical-device development—ultimately, the goal of the T.5 Capacity in Medical Devices initiative is to maximize patient benefit. “The collaboration gives us an opportunity to evolve in areas of medical technology and devices, as well as information technology,” said Tufts CTSI dean and principal investigator Harry Selker.


The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a biomedical research institute in Bar Harbor, Maine, has driven advances in genetics and genomics. Now, thanks to a five-year collaboration, Tufts CTSI will help JAX’s immunology and oncology research incorporate the latest translational science in the areas of research ventures, training, and educational platforms; JAX will provide new methodological approaches, research tools, and resources, plus opportunities to expand research and education programs at Tufts CTSI partner institutions.


Tufts CTSI’s collaborative mission extends into the private sector, too. In November, it partnered with health care giant Novartis to develop activities for research and education. The company will work with Tufts CTSI’s experts on projects of shared interest, as well as provide judges for poster competitions and other events, cohost symposia on research topics, and collaborate with Tufts CTSI’s career-development programs to offer company internships.

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