New research by an interdisciplinary team, including Northeastern’s Alexandros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The findings open the door to the development of new medications, free from side effects, for conditions from pain and obesity to neurological diseases and addiction.
The National Institutes of Health recognized Nikolai Slavov, assistant professor of bioengineering, with its New Innovator Award. On winning the award, Slavov said, “There is this momentum and enthusiasm for taking smart risks among both the faculty and students at Northeastern—asking big questions and doing whatever is required to contribute to their resolution.”
University Distinguished Professor Albert-László Barabási brings his expertise at modeling complex networks to an interdisciplinary research group focused on ending coronary heart disease.
Distinguished Professor David Lazer and his colleagues analyzed global-scale databases of news events and found them wanting. Their recommendations for improvements would enable researchers to build models anticipating everything from the escalation of conflicts to the progression of epidemics.
Diomedes Logothetis, the new chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has a vision: To advance Northeastern’s standing as a go-to institution for academic researchers interested in drug discovery. “We can be the engine driving the understanding of how new drugs act,” he says.
When Andrew Tu, E’20, arrived at Northeastern last fall, he didn’t expect to be towing a 7.5-foot buoy by hand into the ocean come summer. But that world opened up to him at the Undergraduate Lab Fair when he learned about associate professor Stefano Basagni’s work on an underwater wireless communication network.
Federal regulators yesterday announced a formal recall of some 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of the devices overheating and igniting. Northeastern research professor K.M. Abraham, an expert on lithium-ion battery technology, explains the phenomenon and how to respond to it.
Northeastern professor Lee Makowski and his colleagues suggest that Alzheimer’s disease may progress not like falling dominoes, with one molecular event sparking the formation of plaques throughout the brain, but rather like a fireworks display.
Sheldon Kaplan “always wanted to be an engineer and to go to Northeastern,” recalls his son, Michael. Kaplan lived out those dreams, and the world-famous EpiPen he invented has saved countless lives. Kaplan, who died in 2009, was inducted this year into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Here’s his story.
Both apps and websites leak personal information, including names, gender, phone numbers, and e-mail. But don’t despair. Northeastern researchers, led by assistant professor David Choffnes, have developed an automated system to help you know which platform to use for your online interactions.
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the protagonist in author Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, inspires first-year students to understand “the pain of others so you can work to never let people suffer like that again.” The book was this year’s selection for the university’s First Pages program.
Northeastern researchers project the probability of locally transmitted Zika cases outside of Florida to be extremely low, ‘just one or two.’ Much of the U.S. has no mosquitoes with Zika and will remain unaffected.