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Michael Pollastri

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3Qs: Four new elements added to periodic table

The sev­enth row of the peri­odic table is now com­plete after Monday’s announce­ment of four new chem­ical ele­ments. Chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri explains why this is an impor­tant mile­stone for science.


Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Chem­istry doc­toral stu­dent Dana Klug makes pos­sible drug options the way a chef makes a gourmet dish—adding an atom of hydrogen here, removing an atom of nitrogen there—to stop a deadly par­a­site in its tracks.

Dana Klug

New grant to advance sleeping sickness treatment research

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology Michael Pol­lastri has received a five-​​year, $2.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to advance his research into a treat­ment for sleeping sickness.

Michael Pollastri

New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness

The neglected trop­ical dis­ease affects tens of thou­sands of people and is mostly fatal. Now, new research co-​​authored by North­eastern chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri has iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of chem­ical com­pounds that could lead to a cure.

Michael Pollastri

Neglected for too long

During a panel dis­cus­sion on Ebola ear­lier this month, North­eastern pro­fes­sors Michael Pol­lastri and Richard Wamai dis­cussed other issues the Ebola out­break is underscoring.


Health professionals talk experiences on front lines of Ebola outbreak

During a keynote address at North­eastern on Tuesday, an epi­demi­ol­o­gist at Boston Med­ical Center who has admin­is­tered care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, noted that more help is needed in Africa to pro­vide health­care ser­vices, adding that “We need help with everything.”

Ebola Panel - An Educational Event About the Outbreak

Students join push to end neglected tropical diseases

A group of North­eastern stu­dents have formed a chapter of END7, a global net­work that aims to raise aware­ness of neglected trop­ical dis­eases and help erad­i­cate the seven most common NTDs by 2020.


Crowdfunding drug discovery

The secrecy model that dom­i­nates drug dis­covery doesn’t work for neglected trop­ical dis­eases, which affect more than 1 bil­lion people each year. Asso­ciate pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri hopes to shift that par­a­digm with a new plat­form for secure data-​​sharing.


A bright future for infectious disease research

In a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion, North­eastern alumnus Ken Stuart pre­sented research from the Seattle Bio­med­ical Research Insti­tute, which he founded in 1976 to tackle global infec­tious diseases.

Global Infectious Diseases

Global Health Initiative to address neglected tropical diseases

Chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri announced the launch of the Inte­grated Ini­tia­tive in Global Health at his Col­lege of Sci­ence Col­lo­quium talk last Friday.

Michael Pollastri

3Qs: Health care for neglected populations

Michael Pol­lastri, asso­ciate pro­fessor of chem­istry, dis­cusses the mag­ni­tude of the problem sur­rounding neglected trop­ical dis­eases and why the global com­mu­nity needs to take notice.

Michael Pollastri

A pioneering partnership to cure cystic fibrosis

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Flatley Dis­covery Lab, a Boston-​​based inde­pen­dent non­profit orga­ni­za­tion, have joined forces to develop a cure for cystic fibrosis.

A partnership to cure sleeping sickness

Chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri col­lab­o­rates with phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany and researchers in Spain to iden­tify existing drugs that could be mod­i­fied to stop a scourge of sub-​​Saharan Africa.

Fall Meeting of the Corporation

Targeting diseases beyond our borders

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers col­lab­o­rated with health experts in Kenya to fight neglected trop­ical diseases.

Courtesy photo.

9/​11, in their words

Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity share their mem­o­ries of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.


Calling attention to neglected diseases

A pro­fessor and his team of chem­istry stu­dents are com­mitted to dis­cov­ering cures for dis­eases that affect the world’s poor.

Michael Pollastri

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