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.
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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.
New chemical engineering professor Debra Auguste studies human biology at the cellular level with an eye toward identifying more effective drug delivery therapies.
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.
New research from Northeastern psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett shows that our beliefs about how farm animals are raised—whether on “factory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-eating experience, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influences not only how you interpret what you see but also very literally what you see,” Barrett said.
Mobility Prescription, a personal fitness consulting firm founded by Northeastern alumnus Ryan Beauchesne, serves clients of all shapes and sizes, from first-time lifters to professional ice hockey players. “We’re mobile,” says Beauchesne. “We go directly to our clients’ homes.” This evening, he and fellow graduate Jimmy Heim will be running a fitness boot camp for members of the university community.
A team led by Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the disparity between the number of reported cases and the number of projected cases of this largely asymptomatic disease. The results will help countries in the Americas plan a response.
A team of 20 graduate students at Northeastern’s Boston and Seattle campuses spent the spring semester working together, collaborating via Skype, GitHub, and Google Hangouts to build a software platform aimed at connecting a global community of farmers, researchers, and educators.
“You cannot do environmental health work if you don’t work with the community,” said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, during remarks on campus on Monday. She lauded Northeastern, with its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and practice, for doing just that, and noted Northeastern’s contributions to a multi-country study of Zika.
A new study from a team of Brazilian scientists has found that a drug-resistant bacterium has been growing off two city beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailors will compete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of the findings.
A team led by University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to launch a novel platform for developing antibiotics that kill pathogens without encountering resistance.
Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring comfort to the survivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett, who specializes in the psychology of emotion, explains how dogs help bring our nervous systems back into balance and, at least temporarily, make us feel safe.