Tufts Announces Fall 2022 Springboard Research & Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the individuals and teams from the School of Medicine who were selected for awards
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The Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), and Tufts Medical Center recently announced the award decisions for the sixth cycle of Springboard Awards. The School of Medicine is proud to share that four projects with TUSM faculty members' participation were selected this year. 

The Springboard grants represent a significant investment in the future vitality of Tufts as a thriving R1, very high research activity university. In keeping with this cycle’s emphasis on supporting Tufts’ efforts to be an antiracist institution, many of the projects focused on racial inequities and/or the promotion of antiracist interventions.

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals and teams who were selected for awards:

Do Atypical Astrocytes Exist in the Aged Human Brain? 
Team Leads: Chris Dulla (TUSM) and Knarik Arkun (Tufts Medical Center) 
Team Member: Mary Sommer (TUSM)

Toward a Medical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis: Elucidating the Role of Amyloid and Inflammatory Markers Associated with Ligamentum Flavum Thickening 
Team Lead: Ron Riesenburger (Tufts Medical Center) 
Team Members: James Kryzanski and Knarik Arkun (Tufts Medical Center) 
Deciphering the Role of Wnt7a in Mast Cell Inflammation in Osteoarthritis 
Team Lead: Li Zeng (TUSM) 
Team Members: Matthew Gordon (Tufts Medical Center) and Eirini Tsilionin (TUSM) 

Examining the Interconnections between Neighborhood-level Discrimination and Mental Health on Childhood Racial and Ethnic Obesity Disparities
Team Lead: Danielle Krobath (Friedman) 
Team Members: Wenhui Feng (TUSM) and Jayanthi Mistry (A&S)