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.

3Qs: Drug diagnosis

Chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor John R. Engen uses a novel tech­nique to ana­lyze large, com­plex bio­phar­ma­ceu­tical drugs—which could have major impli­ca­tions for health­care and its asso­ci­ated costs.

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.

Better strategies to treat dementia

Every dementia patient requires a nuanced form of care, according to Alice Bonner, a newly appointed asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Nursing and a leading expert in treating dementia.

The (second) life of an inventor

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering Con­stan­tinos Mavroidis cites Northeastern’s spirit of inno­va­tion as a cat­a­lyst for his recent elec­tion to the National Academy of Inventors.

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.