January 10

‘Northeastern was a lifesaver for me’

After fleeing Haiti and climbing out of poverty, an alumni couple pays it forward by creating a scholarship for underrepresented healthcare students.

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January 10

Two Bouvé profs among top 1% of researchers worldwide

Two Bouvé professors, both from the School of Pharmacy, rank among the top 1 percent of researchers worldwide based on citations to their work in scholarly publications. Mansoor Amiji made the list for his research on novel drug delivery systems for treating cancer, while Vladimir Torchilin was named for his work on precision drug delivery that reduces side effects of chemotherapy. Six professors from Northeastern made the list.

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January 8

A potential game changer for families affected by autism

A $3.1 million study in Maine, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania will test the ability of wearable devices to predict aggressive outbursts by people with autism. The watches, developed by health sciences professor Matthew Goodwin, track the patient’s vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) to anticipate rising anxiety levels before they reach the boiling point.

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January 3

‘Don’t wait for the perfect time; you will be waiting forever.’

Sean O’Neill never envisioned himself as an entrepreneur, but when the PharmD alum saw the number of medication errors being made in his Philadelphia hospital, he formed a technology company to solve the problem.

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December 20

Troubled veterans favor voluntary gun control that could save their lives

Veterans favor voluntary gun control measures that would reduce the risk of suicide.

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December 13

Is citizen science the key to environmental justice?

With the EPA under siege and industrial regulation in full retreat, the work of health science professor Sara Wylie has become more relevant than ever. Wylie is a pioneer in the field of citizen science, a movement dedicated to empowering ordinary citizens to conduct environmental monitoring in their communities.

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December 10

Professor discovers a way to help premature infants thrive in the hospital

Infants suck more frequently when looking at a picture of a woman’s face—a discovery that could help premature infants improve their feeding skills, according to a new study published by communication sciences professor Emily Zimmerman.

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December 6

Looking where others have not

Professor Ganesh Thakur hopes that his new patent will pave the way for new medicines to treat opioid addiction and a host of other diseases. The key, he says, lies in an unexplored portion of the brain receptor that’s activated by marijuana.

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November 29

How can a soap opera help fight AIDS?

Harnessing the power of storytelling, Nursing professor Rachel Jones has released a 12-part soap opera aimed at preventing AIDS by exploring issues faced by four young African-American women as they navigate the challenges of modern relationships. Interwoven in their dramatic stories are a variety of HIV-related issues, including condoms, cheating, HIV testing, multiple partners, drug use—and most of all, self-image.

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November 29

Preparation and Recovery, Red Sox trainer talks about the 2018 World Series

One key to becoming a champion is being prepared for the unexpected. No one expected Game 3 of the 2018 World Series last 18 innings stretched for more than 7 hours. As a team trainer, Northeastern’s Adam Thomas played a key role in the Red Sox ability emerge as champions after suffering grueling defeat in the longest game in World Series history.

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November 27

Undergraduate research changed their outlook on what a nursing career can be

By the end of their second year as undergraduate nursing students, Rachel Solomon and Abigail Caron were presenting their research at a national conference in Seattle. “People at the conference kept asking where we were in grad school, and we kept on telling them, ‘No, we’re sophomores at Northeastern,’” said Caron.

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November 25

Why does this professor have 20 bulging suitcases piled in her room?

When Northeastern students visit Ghana each summer for a month-long course to compare healthcare and education systems, they do more than learn about nationalized healthcare and the role of traditional medicine—they also give back in a big way.

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November 23

Family history in her bones

In this op-ed, physical therapy professor Danielle Levac recalls the complex emotional moment when she realized that her genetic bone condition had been passed on to her daughter.

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November 21

A passion for bringing healthcare to the disenfranchised

As a nursing student, Celsea Tibbitt, PhD ’21, found her calling while working with the homeless in Boston and confronting infant mortality in Africa. Praising her respectful demeanor with patients and dedication to health equity, her mentor said Tibbett embodies “all that is good about health care.”

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November 19

They fled from war and landed in a new form of hell

“It just breaks your heart,” said Andrew Driscoll, N ’19, a nursing major who spent his most recent co-op working with children in the notorious Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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November 17

A new strategy for reducing opioid relapse

Relapse is one of the most daunting challenges in the escalating opioid crisis. Pharmacy professor Barbara Waszczak is exploring ways to harness nanomedicine to deliver medications to neuro-receptors in the brain that will reduce drug craving.

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November 15

An unexpected detour

How does a public health major with no experience in technology land a plumb job with a Boston health tech company? “You need to be willing to bet on yourself,” said Binja Basimike, MPH ’14.

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November 13

Physical therapy grad spotted a need, then invented the solution

Sometimes it requires the eye and experience of a frontline health professional to spot a problem and devise the solution. Haley Waud, DPT ’13, exemplifies the innovation ethos at Bouvé, creating an invention to help her physical therapy patients, then starting a consulting company to help others bring their brainchildren to market.

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November 11

Students bring healthcare to patients who walk miles for medicine

For health sciences major Rani Viroga, the defining moment of her week-long service trip to Nicaragua came when a patient thanked her doctor after having several teeth removed without Novocain. As president of Northeastern’s Global Medical Brigade, Viroga organizes fellow students to provide health services to underprivileged communities in Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

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November 9

Do more guns lead to more fatal police shootings?

Police are more likely to shoot civilians in states with high rates of gun ownership, according to a new study by researchers from Northeastern and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The take-home message from the study is that when people live in places where guns are more prevalent, the police officers are more likely to shoot and kill them,” said co-author Matthew Miller, a professor of health sciences at Northeastern.

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November 7

Pharmacy grad’s knack for science communication leads to unusual career path

After spending years in the lab, Abhijit Kulkarni, PharmD ’16, used his talent for explaining complex science to land an unusual job with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

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November 5

No benefit seen from antipsychotics used in delirious hospital patients

When the world’s leading business newspaper needed expert commentary on a controversial intensive care treatment, they turned to Northeastern’ John Devlin, a pharmacy professor who recently led the international committee that rewrote treatment guidelines for ICU care. Devlin told The Wall Street Journal that hospitals should “absolutely stop” the practice of using antipsychotic medicine on patients suffering from delirium.

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November 3

Clearing up misconceptions about gun violence could make suicide attempts less deadly

When we talk about gun violence in the United States, we talk about homicides. But there are roughly twice as many suicides as homicides every year, and more than half of them involve guns. Most people have no idea that suicide is the most common type of violent death, according to a new study by Northeastern health sciences.

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November 1

This is where health care innovation begins

During his first week of school Danny Kim, PharmD ’22, cancelled a date to listen to a lecture on the myth of genius. The result was his latest passion—creation of the Bouvé Innovators Club, where students in healthcare, science, engineering, and business bring their divergent expertise to promote healthcare innovation.

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October 31

Student publishes in medical journal as an undergraduate

While still an undergraduate Patrick Sheedy, HS ’19, has embraced the extremes of what experiential learning has to offer, becoming first author on a paper published in a national medical journal and providing care to a man who was about to lose his toes to frostbite.

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