Cummings School enjoys a rich history of innovation and a strong commitment towards advancing understanding of health and disease. As a research community, we seek new and innovative ways of preventing human and animal diseases before they develop, and cures and therapies for others. Our faculty pushes the boundaries of discovery every day as they pursue new medicines, innovative surgical techniques and unique treatment methods. The research being conducted at Cummings School -- both in laboratories and in clinical studies-- is advancing health care for animals and humans.

Elephants in Kenya

Jumbo Mission

Tufts embraced the mighty pachyderm as its mascot more than a century ago. Now the university is rallying to save his species from extinction, while a sanctuary in Kenya rescues the babies.

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Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug

The answer is that it depends on the circumstances—there is no blanket rule

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Going to the Dogs (And Cats)

When it comes to nutrition, we have a lot in common with our pets. Diet also plays a role in our shared ailments, such as heart disease. Researchers across the university are looking at what nutrition research could learn from companion animals.

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Cryptosporidium sp. in large intestine

Lethal Parasite

Cummings School scientists seek to prevent a potentially fatal infection that hits young children in the developing world.

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Deco, my golden retriever, photographed with a 50 mm, large aperture, late evening light

Cancer Genetics

Two malignancies common in golden retrievers share similar DNA markers. A study mapping genes associated with two cancers common in golden retrievers could lead to better prevention and treatment of the disease in dogs as well as similar cancers in people.

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Fresh atlantic oysters from the Caraquet area of New Brunswick, in Canada. Sweet and buttery, raised in cold water.

Sea Sick

An MCM alumna is on the trail of an illness that has migrated to the oyster beds of New England—one associated with a pathogen typically found in warm water.

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Human-Animal Disorders

Like Minds

The similarities between behavioral disorders in people and animals may lead to breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of autism, OCD and other compulsive disorders.

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Animal Instinct

Cummings School scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.

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Organic Nation

Melissa Bailey oversees the standards that shape a burgeoning $35 billion industry

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