Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Professor Roger Fielding on Sarcopenia

Tufts Senior Scientist Roger Fielding recently sat down with Andrew Dudley, a specialist on Sarcopenia, to discuss Fielding’s research innovations. Sarcopenia, which involves the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, is a hotly researched field, and Fielding’s work at Tufts has paved the way in recent years.

As the Director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory, a branch of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Fielding works to understand how nutrition and physical activity may help prevent or reverse physical dysfunction in adults. Fielding explains that:

We study the factors that influence the age-related changes in muscle mass and muscle strength, and we try to examine interventions that could potentially slow or reverse the process.

Check out the video below, and learn more about Sarcopenia on Facebook and Twitter.

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President Bacow: Under the Roof Tribute Video

Tufts President Lawrence Bacow was recently awarded the Under the Roof Leadership award for his work with the Somerville Homeless Coalition. This tribute video, presented by the Homeless Coalition, honors Bacow for his commitment to community service and active citizenship. As both an individual and the leader of the Tufts community, Bacow has taken a personal investment in getting involved in causes like the Homeless Coalition, and his initiative has inspired many others to do the same. Bacow explains the importance of the cause:

One way of measuring the justness of a society is [looking at] how it treats the most vulnerable among us…I think it’s important that we reach out, that we don’t turn a blind eye — that we try and engage, and that we try and help. And I am proud of what the university has been able to do to support the Homeless Coalition.”

Here’s the video honoring Bacow’s contribution:

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Greening the Curriculum

Tufts graduate student Elizabeth Mahaffy (A’11) and recent alumni Joseph Cutrufo (A’10) created a video called “Greening the Curriculum.” The video, which was produced in partnership with Tufts Institute of the Environment for the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute, features conversations with students on the Medford/Somerville and Boston campuses about integrating environmental issues into Tufts classes. Both Mahaffy and Cutrufo are of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program at Tufts.

Here’s the video:

Greening the Curriculum from JD Cutrufo.

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Tufts Does Trivia!

Tufts grad students from a range of disciplines within the health sciences recently joined together for a night of trivia. A recent post on the Friedman School’s Slow Food Tufts blog tells of the event:

Here on the downtown Boston campus of Tufts, we have several separate schools full of grad students working towards degrees in the health sciences (nutrition, dentistry, public health, medicine, biomedical science, and more). While we all pass by each other in the library and around campus, it’s not often that we have events involving more than one school. This all changed on a recent Thursday night, when students from the Friedman, Dental, Medical, PHPD, and Sackler programs came together to test their trivia knowledge! With questions submitted by professors from various disciplines, as well as some pop culture and Boston-specific trivia, everyone had their chance to shine – and to be occasionally stumped.”

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Tufts and USDA on Preventing Eye Disease

Tufts researchers and the United States Department of Agriculture are exploring the connection between a healthy diet and healthy eyes. With a strong interest in the prevention of disease before its onset, Tufts’ Dr. Allen Taylor is seeking to understand why so many people confront age-related eye disease.

This video explains: “a person’s diet not only affects their weight or heart function, [but also] their vision”:

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Honor for Ordovas, en español

On Nov. 17, Dr. Jose Ordovas — professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and director and senior scientist of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging — received the Nutrition Research Award from the University of Navarra in Spain.

Read more about the award, or watch this video — please note that both are in Spanish:

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Muscle Power Loss in the Elderly

A USDA/Tufts study looks at how the elderly can be helped with exercise and better nutrition. In this USDA video, Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D., senior scientist and director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, talks about the research.

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