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.

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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Help for New Moms

Hormone studies in rodent mothers could lead to better treatments for postpartum depression in humans

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Caring for Animals May Make Teens Better Adults

Pets help us feel connected to others and the world around us, study finds

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A New Tick Disease

What looks like Lyme could be a completely different illness transmitted by the same bug

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Spotlight on Cancer

Experimental technique can detect tiny bits of malignancy after surgery

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