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Take 5: The future of healthcare

There isn’t one kind of cor­po­ra­tion that is respon­sible for why health­care is so expen­sive,” Ellen Zane, the CEO emer­itus of Tufts Med­ical Center, said at the latest install­ment of the Women who Empower Speaker Series. “You have to under­stand that it’s a con­flu­ence of many moving parts, so there’s not going to be one silver bullet that fixes it.”

Meet the graduates: Julie Hugunin

A biology major in Northeastern’s Honors Pro­gram and a 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Global Fellow, Julie Hugunin plans to pursue an MD/​PhD pro­gram to com­bine her clin­ical and research inter­ests, informed by a holistic approach. “North­eastern is about putting your­self out there and being fear­less,” she says.

Meet the graduates: Nicole Torchia

This fall, Torchia will enter Yale’s physi­cian assis­tant grad­uate pro­gram. She credits Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties with preparing her for the program’s rig­orous cur­riculum and with giving her a dis­tinct advan­tage. “I will be entering my pro­gram as one of the youngest, if not the youngest, stu­dent because my co-​​ops have given me more than enough (clin­ical) hours and expe­ri­ence without needing to take a gap year.”

Meet the graduates: Colin Bernardo

Colin Bernardo is a human­i­tarian to the core. He com­pleted his bachelor’s in reha­bil­i­ta­tive sci­ence with honors and is now entering the clin­ical com­po­nent of Northeastern’s Doctor of Phys­ical Therapy pro­gram. His stellar aca­d­emic record, how­ever, marks just the begin­ning of a uni­ver­sity career driven by the desire to help others.

3Qs: How to overcome the global drug problem

The United Nations Gen­eral Assembly recently con­vened a spe­cial ses­sion on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked North­eastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the his­toric meeting and the future of drug policy reform.

Good things come in small packages

Pic­ture this: A sensor the size of two match­sticks side-​​by-​​side that can detect a bac­te­rial infec­tion in two min­utes flat. It would quickly enable health-​​care providers to admin­ister an antibi­otic that tar­gets the spe­cific bug rather than a broad-​​spectrum drug that could be hit-​​or-​​miss. That describes the mind-​​boggling research project that Daniel Ost­berg, E’20, dis­played in Inno­va­tion Alley at RISE:2016.

Professor receives Fulbright award for juvenile arthritis research

Maura Iversen, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Phys­ical Therapy, Move­ment and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Sci­ences, will launch a study to assess the phys­ical activity levels of Swedish chil­dren with juve­nile idio­pathic arthritis—the most common form of arthritis in chil­dren under 17.

Northeastern joins innovative food systems collaborative

In recog­ni­tion of its forward-​​thinking approach to food, North­eastern Dining was invited to join the Menus of Change Uni­ver­sity Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, which pro­motes inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice to offer healthier, more sus­tain­able menus in dining halls across the country.

Doctoral student gets hands-​​on research experience in population health

Through Northeastern’s pop­u­la­tion health doc­toral pro­gram, Cas­sidy Griffin com­bines her doc­toral studies with research at MEDITECH, a Massachusetts-​​based health infor­ma­tion com­pany. In so doing, she is learning how to con­duct both dis­covery– and innovation-​​driven research on how pop­u­la­tion health and data ana­lytics can help orga­ni­za­tions improve effi­ciency and effec­tive­ness of health­care delivery.