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.