Faculty & Staff News

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Erin Gibson joined Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) as its new Executive Director on January 8. Gibson previously worked at Boston Medical Center as the Associate Director of Research Operations for the Healing Communities Study, a $350M NIH study aiming to reduce opioid overdose deaths in 67 communities in four states. Prior to that role, she was a Program Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital for the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) and the Center for Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Research (CeASAR). Read more

José Caro has been appointed as the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts School of Medicine. The professorship recognizes Dr. Caro's physician leader role in spearheading diversity initiatives and programs at TUSM. Caro joined Tufts in 2010 as an assistant professor of medicine and as an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. He was named the School of Medicine’s assistant dean for multicultural affairs in 2021. Read more

Majd Alsoubani, assistant professor of medicine, received the Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Research from the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society. The Maxwell Finland Research Award is given annually to one fellow from each of the Massachusetts training programs in infectious diseases. The fellows are selected by their sponsoring institutions for recognition for research of exemplary quality during their training. Alsoubani's research is focused on transplant stewardship and Clostridioides difficile infection in immunocompromised hosts.

Seda Babroudi, M18, clinical instructor in medicine and a nephrology research fellow at Tufts Medical Center, was invited to join the American Society of Nephrology’s Health Care Justice Committee as a fellow intern! The Health Care Justice Committee is charged with identifying opportunities to promote justice in health care and society, as well as influencing social determinants of health, particularly in populations at risk for and overburdened with kidney diseases. Babroudi’s research interests are critical care nephrology, acute kidney injury, health equity, quality improvement, and medical education.

Tufts Springboard Awards
Congratulations to all the TUSM recipients of the Fall 2023 cycle of the Tufts Springboard Awards: Athar Chishti, Toshihiko Hanada, Alexei Degterev, Miranda Good, Yongjie Yang, Jennifer Kim, Madison Ford, Perrie Faye O'Tierney-Ginn, Larry Feig, Robert Sege, Erika Werner, Taysir Mahmoud, Francesca Carasi-Schwartz, Kimberly Dong, Archita Goyal, Hannah Edenbaum, and Kenneth Chui. The goal of Tufts Springboard is to stimulate high impact research, scholarship and educational initiatives that have an explicit plan leading to extramural funding or other outcomes that influence research, scholarship, educational outcomes, and/or policy. Learn more

Two Tufts DPT faculty members, Josh Cleland (Boston) and James Smoliga (Seattle), have secured positions in the esteemed top 2% of scientists worldwide, a testament to their impactful contributions to academia and research. Learn more

Research News

Turning Basic Research into a New Treatment for the Most Aggressive Forms of Breast Cancer

Thirty years ago, Gail Sonenshein was studying cancer in immune cells when she read an article in the New York Times that would shape the rest of her career. The article described a new residency program in women’s health, part of an effort to improve treatment and outcomes for women at a time when most medical knowledge came from exclusively studying men. Since then, Sonenshein has directed all her efforts toward a better understanding of breast cancer and women’s health. She is developing tests to find evidence of carcinogen exposure in blood samples and is working on a promising diagnostic and treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer based around a protein called ADAM8. Read more.

Study: Overactive Immune Cells Linked to Common Form of Heart Failure

A patient admitted into the emergency room with shortness of breath and fatigue—concerning signs their heart may be struggling to pump blood—often presents with several comorbidities such as hypertension, obesity, and systemic chronic inflammation. In a Tufts-led study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers explore the relationship between immune cell activity and heart failure, revealing unique T cell populations in mice with metabolic disorders that coincide with cardiac tissue abnormalities.  Read more.

Climate Change and Public Health

The second edition of Climate Change and Public Health, which was edited by Barry S. Levy and Jonathan A. Patz, was recently released by Oxford University Press. Levy has been an adjunct professor of public health at Tufts since 1993. The book offers a clear and accessible exploration of the complex relationship between climate science and public health. This second edition introduces new and timely additions, including chapters on the policy development process, health adaptation, nature-based solutions, building social movements to address climate change, and promoting climate justice. The inclusion of these topics reflects the evolving landscape of climate change discourse and ensures that the book remains at the forefront of current discussions. Learn more about Levy and his research here

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are crucial for guiding healthcare practitioners in making evidence-based decisions, especially when faced with limited time and expertise to assess available evidence. However, concerns about the trustworthiness of these guidelines have arisen, as many are authored by individuals with ties to product manufacturers, compromising objectivity. A commentary by Allen F. Shaughnessy, professor of family medicine, highlight the importance of conducting systematic reviews during the development of CPGs and uses the recently published ADA type 2 diabetes (T2D) guidelines, Standards of Care in Diabetes—2023 as a case study. Read more

Angie Mae Rodday, assistant professor of medicine, and Susan Parsons, professor of medicine, are authors of “The Advanced-Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma International Prognostic Index: Development and Validation of a Clinical Prediction Model From the HoLISTIC Consortium,” which was included recently in the Best of The Journal of Clinical Oncology 2023 Hematologic Malignancies Edition.

  • Matus Gonzalez A, Evangelidis N, Howell M, Jaure A, Sautenet B, Madero M, Ashuntantang G, Anumudu S, Bernier-Jean A, Dunn L, Cho Y, Cortes Sanabria L, de Boer IH, Fung S, Gallego D, Guha C, Levey AS, Levin A, Lorca E, Okpechi IG, Rossignol P, Scholes-Robertson N, Sola L, Teixeira-Pinto A, Usherwood T, Viecelli AK, Wheeler DC, Widders K, Wilkie M, Craig JC; SONG-CKD Investigators. Outcomes for clinical trials involving adults with chronic kidney disease: a multinational Delphi survey involving patients, caregivers, and health professionals. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2024 Jan 17:gfae010. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfae010. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38236705.

    Weiner DE, Sarnak MJ. Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation in Advanced CKD: Can Observational Studies Provide the Answer? Am J Kidney Dis. 2024 Jan 16:S0272-6386(23)00959-9. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2023.12.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38231148.

    Eliezer Zachary Nussbaum, Sophia Koo, Camille N Kotton, Oral Antibiotics for Treatment of Gram-Negative Bacteremia in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Propensity Score Weighted Retrospective Observational Study, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2024;, ciae007, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciae007

    Singh HK, Claeys KC, Advani SD, Ballam YJ, Penney J, Schutte KM, Baliga C, Milstone AM, Hayden MK, Morgan DJ, Diekema DJ. Diagnostic stewardship to improve patient outcomes and healthcare-associated infection (HAI) metrics. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2024 Jan 11:1-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2023.284. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38204365.

    Ko D, Treu TM, Tarko L, Ho YL, Preis SR, Trinquart L, Gagnon DR, Monahan KM, Helm RH, Orkaby AR, Lubitz SA, Bosch NA, Walkey AJ, Cho K, Wilson PWF, Benjamin EJ. Incidence and prognostic significance of newly-diagnosed atrial fibrillation among older U.S. veterans hospitalized with COVID-19. Sci Rep. 2024 Jan 10;14(1):952. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-51177-6. PMID: 38200186; PMCID: PMC10781702.

    Schiff AE, Wang X, Patel NJ, Kawano Y, Hanberg JL, Kowalski EN, Cook CE, Vanni KM, Qian G, Bade KJ, Saavedra AA, Srivatsan S, Williams ZK, Venkat RK, Wallace ZS, Sparks JA. Immunomodulators and risk for breakthrough COVID-19 after third SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a cohort study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2024 Jan 10:ard-2023-225162. doi: 10.1136/ard-2023-225162. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38199795.

    Xu Y, Boyle TA, Lyu B, Ballew SH, Selvin E, Chang AR, Inker LA, Grams ME, Shin JI. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists and the risk of atrial fibrillation in adults with diabetes: a real-world study. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Jan 8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-023-08589-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38191976.

    Ku E, Sarnak M. Post-Trial Follow-Up of Kidney Outcomes in SPRINT: Some Reassurance, Some Unanswered Questions. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2024 Jan 3. doi: 10.2215/CJN.0000000000000393. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38170478.

    Rose SW, Strackman BW, Gilbert ON, Lasser KE, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lin MY, Saylor G, Hanchate AD. Disparities by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity in Use of Left Ventricular Assist Devices and Heart Transplants Among Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jan 3:e031021. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.123.031021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38166429.

    Hakim A, Fricker ZP, Feuerstein JD, Farber HW, Schoenberg NC. Recurrent Gastrointestinal Bleeding in a Patient with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treated with Sotatercept. Ann Intern Med. 2024 Jan 2. doi: 10.7326/L23-0387. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38163372.

    Xu C, Purdue EL, Sege R, Sweigart B, Burstein D. Childcare Disruptions and Parental Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2023 Dec 20. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001241. Online ahead of print.

    Nussbaum EZ, Koo S, Kotton CN. Oral Antibiotics for Treatment of Gram-Negative Bacteremia in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Propensity Score Weighted Retrospective Observational Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2024 Jan 9:ciae007. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciae007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38195100.

    Wurcel AG, Guardado R, Grussing ED, Koutoujian PJ, Siddiqi K, Senst T, Assoumou SA, Freund KM, Beckwith CG. Racial differences in testing for infectious diseases: An analysis of jail intake data. PLoS One. 2023 Dec 20;18(12):e0288254. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0288254. PMID: 38117818.

    Majd Alsoubani, Jennifer K Chow, Angie Mae Rodday, David Kent, David R Snydman, Comparative Effectiveness of Fidaxomicin vs Vancomycin in Populations with Immunocompromising Conditions for the Treatment of Clostridioides difficile Infection: A Single-Center Study, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2024, ofad622, https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofad622

    Solomon, Milner, Laga, Crothers, Pecora, Abedalthagafi, Weiss. Diagnostic Pathology: Infectious Diseases 3rd Edition. Churchill Livingstone, 2024.

    Caitlin Trottier, Shamsuddin Anwar, Lisa Baxter, Natalie Nierenberg. Maggots: Antimicrobial Stewards and Life Savers. AIM Clinical Cases.2024;3:e230693. [Epub 16 January 2024]. doi:10.7326/aimcc.2023.0693

    O'Hearn M, Reedy J, Robinson E, Economos C, Wong JB, Sacks G, Mozaffarian D. Landscape analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing metrics for consumer nutrition and health in the food and beverage sector. BMJ Nutr Prev Health. 2023 Dec;6(2):139-152. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2022-000600. Epub 2023 Aug 24. PMID: 38264364; PMCID: PMC10800242.

    US Preventive Services Task Force; Barry MJ, Nicholson WK, Silverstein M, Chelmow D, Coker TR, Davis EM, Donahue KE, Jaén CR, Li L, Mangione CM, Ogedegbe G, Rao G, Ruiz JM, Stevermer J, Tsevat J, Underwood SM, Wong JB. Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2024 Jan 23;331(4):329-334. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.26952. PMID: 38261037.

    Lebovitz AL, Schwab SA, Richardson MM, Meyer KB, Sweigart B, Vesel T. Dialysis decision-making process by Chinese American patients at an urban, academic medical center: a retrospective chart review. BMC Palliat Care. 2024 Jan 25;23(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s12904-024-01357-y. PMID: 38273297.

    Klemens Meyer, Michelle Richardson, Tamara Vesel, Ben Sweitgart and our amazing TUSM students recently publication in BMC Palliative Care about our Chinese American CKD and dialysis population. The work was funded by a Tisch College grant and a CTSI grant.

    Duggal A, Conrad SA, Barrett NA, Saad M, Cheema T, Pannu S, Saavedra Romero R, Brochard L, Nava S, Ranieri VM, May A, Brodie D, Hill NS; VENT-AVOID Investigators. Extracorporeal Carbon Dioxide Removal to Avoid Invasive Ventilation During Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: VENT-AVOID Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 23. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202311-2060OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38261630.

    Tangri N, Mathur VS, Bushinsky DA, Klaerner G, Li E, Parsell D, Stasiv Y, Walker M, Wesson DE, Wheeler DC, Perkovic V, Inker LA. VALOR-CKD: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial Evaluating Veverimer in Slowing Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in Patients with Metabolic Acidosis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2024 Jan 23. doi: 10.1681/ASN.0000000000000292. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38261535.

    Hanna GJ, Dharanesswaran H, Giobbie-Hurder A, Harran JJ, Liao Z, Pai L, Tchekmedyian V, Ruiz ES, Waldman AH, Schmults CD, Riella LV, Lizotte P, Paweletz CP, Chandraker AK, Murakami N, Silk AW. Cemiplimab for Kidney Transplant Recipients with Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Jan 22:JCO2301498. doi: 10.1200/JCO.23.01498. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38252908.

    Matus Gonzalez A, Evangelidis N, Howell M, Jaure A, Sautenet B, Madero M, Ashuntantang G, Anumudu S, Bernier-Jean A, Dunn L, Cho Y, Cortes Sanabria L, de Boer IH, Fung S, Gallego D, Guha C, Levey AS, Levin A, Lorca E, Okpechi IG, Rossignol P, Scholes-Robertson N, Sola L, Teixeira-Pinto A, Usherwood T, Viecelli AK, Wheeler DC, Widders K, Wilkie M, Craig JC; SONG-CKD Investigators. Outcomes for clinical trials involving adults with chronic kidney disease: a multinational Delphi survey involving patients, caregivers, and health professionals. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2024 Jan 17:gfae010. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfae010. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38236705.

Recent Events

IDEAS in Medicine

On January 5th, TUSM's Community Service Learning program's IDEAS in Medicine partnership hosted its annual Field Trip for 7th graders from the Wright Science and Technology Academy in Chelsea to experience a day in the life of a medical student.  This included numerous hands-on experiences such as listening to heart sounds in our Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, learning CPR techniques, and visiting the anatomy lab.  We are so grateful for the support of our CSSC team, Anatomy lab, and the various other sponsors of this event including philanthropy through the TMAA and CSL fund that supports amazing initiatives like this one! See photos

Tufts PA Program Celebrates Student Achievements through Capstone Projects

Tufts Physician Assistant (PA) program recently celebrated the culmination of students' 25-month journey through their second-year Capstone Projects. These projects showcase not only academic achievement but also the practical application of medical knowledge and growth demonstrated by each student. Read more

TUSM/UMass Boston Enrichment Program

Each January, a group of UMass Boston pre-medical and pre-research students spend three weeks at Tufts University School of Medicine as part of an enrichment program designed to introduce future doctors to the kind of teamwork inherent in medical problem-solving and provide students interested in scientific research with hands-on experience conducting biomedical research. This year’s program ran from January 3 – 19. Learn more about the program

Tufts CTSI's New Research Services Portal!

Tufts CTSI recently launched a new Tufts CTSI Research Services Portal! This comprehensive system consolidates projects and service requests in one centralized place. It helps researchers connect with Tufts CTSI more effectively, and helps Tufts CTSI experts respond to project needs more efficiently. Users are investigators or their research team members who need to request CTSI services for their projects. The Research Services Portal is a product of the hard work of many current and a vendor development team over many months. Learn more

Upcoming Event

Tisch College Speakers and Events

Join Tisch College for engaging conversations and thought-provoking lectures with leaders like big data expert and co-host of PBS' NOVA Wonders Dr. Talithia Williams, “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” podcast host and author Nora McInerny, renowned rapper and artist-in-residence Dee-1 for a special Russell Series Lecture on Spiritual Life, former U.S. Ambassador Suzi LeVine, Boston Globe Magazine editor-at-large Neil Swidey, A91 and more on topics ranging from mental health and resilience, data and health disparities, the power of failure, international climate law and more. Learn more

Register Now for Tufts CTSI’s “HIPAA Compliance and Privacy for Research” on February 15

Tufts Medicine clinical research staff and investigators are invited to join Tufts CTSI in person on Thursday, February 15 at 1:00PM as we demonstrate the importance of clinical research’s adherence to HIPAA’s Research Privacy rule and the related IRB requirements. Bring your department/research team and test your HIPAA compliance and privacy knowledge against your peers in a mini-jeopardy game! Learn more and register on Tufts CTSI's I LEARN

Global Tufts Month 2024 - Event Funding Available!

The Office of the Provost invites the Tufts community to host and attend events related to this year’s Global Tufts Month theme: Humanitarian Aid: Working Together in Times of Conflict. These events aim to foster cross-boundary dialogue and learning, transcending national and cultural barriers, and can range from lectures, film showings, cultural events, social programs, and more. Mini-grants up to $500 are available for event funding - submit by February 4. Learn more and to apply for funding.

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Faculty Spotlight: Aaron E. Embry

"I am most proud of the work that has yet to be done. While I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had thus far, I am trying to shift my mindset to focus forward. I believe in working collectively to advance society."