Northeastern ‘Disruptivator’ wants to improve musculoskeletal health

More than 100 mil­lion adults suffer from debil­i­tating mus­cu­loskeletal con­di­tions. Now one North­eastern student—a doctor of phys­ical therapy can­di­date named Lauren Jarmusz—is working to counter the health scourge, cofounding a startup aimed at con­necting people with doc­tors who spe­cialize in the field.

Research, entrepreneurship at Northeastern celebrated at RISE:2015

Stu­dents and fac­ulty across many dis­ci­plines pre­sented their schol­arly research, inno­v­a­tive thinking, and entre­pre­neurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were hon­ored with pres­ti­gious awards.

Northeastern joins new research center on healthy aging

Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, will lead Northeastern’s team involved in a new multi-​​university con­sor­tium, which focuses on healthy aging and inno­v­a­tive approaches to help middle-​​aged and older adults lead a more active lifestyle.

Free flu shots at annual health fair

On Wednesday, North­eastern will host the annual Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences Health Fair and Flu Clinic, where stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff can get free flu vac­cines, donate blood, and receive infor­ma­tion about a range of health and well­ness topics.

The evolution of food

A new course launched this summer by John Auer­bach, director of Northeastern’s Insti­tute on Urban Health Research and Prac­tice, looks at the his­tory of food in the U.S. and the poli­cies that reg­u­late its pur­chase, dis­tri­b­u­tion, and consumption.

Northeastern partners on Boston’s new Alzheimer’s initiative

Alice Bonner, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of nursing at North­eastern and a national leader in Alzheimer’s dis­ease care research, will lead the university’s efforts as part of an ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­viding more sup­port ser­vices to people with Alzheimer’s and their fam­i­lies and raising aware­ness about the impor­tance of early detection.

How culture and history influence vaccination decisions

The rea­sons Eastern Euro­peans have either accepted or steered clear of the HPV vac­cine are com­plex, nuanced, and depend on a variety of soci­etal fac­tors, according to new research North­eastern asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor Irina Todorova and her colleagues.

Professor to lead U.S. biomaterials research society

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, has been named pres­i­dent of the U.S. Society for Bio­ma­te­rials, a 3,000-plus-member orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to enhancing human health and quality of life through bio­ma­te­rials research.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.

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Why sit? The case against chairs

I’m cur­rently sit­ting at my standing desk as I write this after walking back from an inter­view on campus. I’m glad that I walked there–I could have just done it […]

The wonder of human movement

North­eastern pro­fessor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award on Tuesday and dis­cussed her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on how the brain con­trols the human body.

When smaller is better

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences Tania Konry has devel­oped a system that effi­ciently tests for a wide range of bio­log­ical spec­i­mens. Whether you’re looking for com­plex cancer cell bio­markers in a sample or simple bac­teria in drinking water, the system costs sig­nif­i­cantly less than stan­dard approaches and spits out results in a frac­tion of the time.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.

Your iPhone gets emotional

Vir­tual humans, rela­tional robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-​​tracking tech­nolo­gies were among the inno­v­a­tive research projects high­lighted at a day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern that explored the inter­sec­tion of emo­tion sci­ence and technology.

To treat cancer, is the force strong with nanorobots?

Dinos Mavroidis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering, and his team are devel­oping com­puter soft­ware to sim­u­late cancer drug delivery, guided by the force of a mag­netic field.

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.

Global ecology as the next grand strategy

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Myk­leby said at a lec­ture at North­eastern on Tuesday that the nation’s biggest problem is global unsus­tain­ability and it will take behav­ioral change, not national strategy, to fix it.