Priority Research Groups

Research and Scholarship (R&S) at Tufts is about breaking down walls — between fields, between faculty and students, between what is and what could be. Tufts’ world-class researchers push boundaries and ask questions that will take our knowledge as a society to the next level. Innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration are the foundations of discovery at Tufts, fueled by more than 1700 faculty. With research experience and strengths ranging from health to humanities, technology and the environment, population and food challenges, it’s clear this work produces knowledge and understanding and impacts the greater good on a global scale.

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CIMAR

Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR)

The Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR) is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary initiative with a mission to deliver innovative solutions to combat AMR. Our programs encompass research, policy, and education.

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Create Solutions

Climate, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Technology, and Ecology (CREATE) Solutions

To make the large-scale changes needed to address global climate change, the Climate & Energy Priority Area Working Group is exploring collaborations across traditional disciplinary boundaries. These include programs that bridge students across schools at all levels and build on Tufts’ strong research programs in the policy, engineering, and economics arenas, including projects on offshore wind energy, grid integration, and domestic and international climate policy.

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covid 19

COVID-19 Research Group

Tufts COVID-19 Research Group (with over 100 members across Tufts schools and campuses) have demonstrated strengths in the six major areas related to COVID-19/emerging pathogens research and is a member of the Mass Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (CPR). The Tufts COVID-19 Research Group has formed a number of sub-groups, including animal hosts, immunity and disease, public health, social, economic and political impacts, technology and development, and virology. in order to deepen niches within the broader subject area and provide ground for future collaborations with external partners. Together with Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute Tufts will be mounting a Virtual Symposium to further advance the goals of the Mass CPR consortium.

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culture history and translation

Culture, History, and Translation Group

Building on the ongoing work of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, and the newly-established Department of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, our work encompasses both academic interdisciplinary research projects such as the Comparative Global Humanities initiative, as well as outwardly-focused conversations, such as the Boston African American Freedom Trail project. 

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equity

Equity in Health, Wealth & Civic Engagement

Research on equity that serves the public must be interdisciplinary, breaking down barriers between economics and the other social sciences, between empirical research and philosophical analysis of justice, between theory and applications, and between the university and communities.

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Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging at Tufts

Tufts has a substantial long-standing existing footprint in aging research. Faculty and students from Tufts' many schools (School of Medicine, HNRCA, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Medical School, Dental School, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Fletcher School of International Affairs, and Tisch College of Civic Life) would all benefit from an expanded aging initiative at Tufts. Activities that will innovate, expand and impact the existing aging focus at Tufts.

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living devices

Laboratory for Living Devices/ L2d

Technology is an integral part of our contemporary, connected world: The separation between the human and the machine is shrinking more and more, social media dominates human interaction, and devices are becoming more compact, more integrated with living tissues and the environment, and more capable of complex computation. New materials are bringing computing, sensing, and imaging to the skin and the insides of humans. Data are pervasive and rich in emergent information of diagnostic, social, and logistical importance that allows us to see the invisible, access and transfer information globally, and connect like we never have before. The internet of things and the internet of people are becoming one.

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mental health

Mental Health Research Group Initiative

This interdisciplinary group was formed to address what appear to be gaps in the knowledge base, especially from a biological perspective. To continue the exploration of this and other possible models, 2 groups were formed: Epidemiology/Population Health and Transgenerational Model Systems. The goal of the research group is to gain understanding on the etiology of rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders, with a focus on the potential role of different factors that may be malleable with intervention.

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Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR)

Obesity presents an unprecedented global crisis. It is not only a cause of premature death and serious health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, but also an underlying driver of an even broader set of societal problems such as high rates of disability, inefficiency and absenteeism in the workforce, rising health care costs, stigmatization, and bullying. At TIGOR, we aspire to be a leading collaborative for global obesity research, publish research in the highest impact journals, attract new faculty, train students and fellows, and integrate civic and real-world engagement. TIGOR faculty conduct research on a broad range of topics within the areas of basic science; clinical studies and behavior change; communities and interventions; technology, artificial intelligence and modeling; policy and econometrics; and epidemiology and population studies.

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