From The Brink: “They Fell in Love with Each Other, Then with the Same Science”

They Fell in Love with Each Other, Then with the Same Science" The Brink; July 18, 2023 The Brink recently featured GMS faculty mentors Ruslan Afasizhev and Inna Afasizheva in an article detailing the married couple's journey to Boston University and shared love for small RNA biology.  Afasizhev is also BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine professor of molecular and cell biology, and Afasizheva is a SDM associate professor of molecular and cell biology. Together, they have studied and... More

Two GMS Students Win Big at Annual Innovate@BU New Venture Competition

Teams Win $72,000 in Funding at Innovate@BU's New Venture Competition BU Today; May 2, 2023 Congratulations to two GMS students and their teams for winning big in this month's annual Innovate@BU New Venture Competition! Stamatios Liapis (PhD, Computational Neuroscience, '23) and his team from Enlaye won the General Track first-place prize of $20,000. Shen Ning (MD/PhD, Neuroscience, '24) and the INIA Biosciences team took home a third-place General Track prize of $6,000. Read more about the teams... More

GMS Faculty, CTE Center Director Ann McKee, MD, Interviewed on Ex-NFL Player CTE Research and Findings

BU Finds CTE in Nearly 92 Percent of Ex-NFL Players Studied The Brink; February 7, 2023 The latest report by the Boston University CTE Center has diagnosed 345 former NFL players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, out of 376 former players who were studied, a rate of 91.7 percent. The Brink spoke with CTE Director, chief of neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System and GMS faculty Anne McKee, PhD about the findings and her perspective on the future of American... More

From The Brink: “NEIDL Researchers Discover New SARS-CoV-2 Weak Spot—Which Could Inspire Improved Vaccines”

NEIDL Researchers Discover New SARS-CoV-2 Weak Spot—Which Could Inspire Improved Vaccines The Brink; Jan. 11, 2023 A Boston University-led study has found that a viral protein known as NSP6 may be responsible for the COVID-19 Omicron variant's lower disease-causing potential (pathogenicity). The research, led by NEIDL scientists, was published online in Nature on Jan. 11. Read the full story in The Brink.

Two Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Faculty Awarded Career Development Professorships for Promising Scholars

Two Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty -- Jean-Pierre Roussarie, PhD and Daniel Dempsey, PhD -- were awarded Career Development Professorships for Promising Scholars by Boston University. They were two of eight junior faculty honored across BU. Roussarie is an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Dempsey is an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology. The BU Provost's Office awards these professorships to junior faculty nominated by the deans and colleagues... More

Daniel Cifuentes, PhD, Studies RNA Regulation with Zebrafish and Viruses

This summer, Dr. Daniel Cifuentes, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Graduate Medical Sciences, received one of several $75,000 BU Ignition Awards aimed at helping promising research initiatives find a potential pathway to commercial success. The Cifuentes Lab works on a variety of projects that study the fundamental mechanisms of RNA regulation, a universal process for all life on Earth. RNA carries from the DNA the information necessary to create new proteins in the body, and faulty... More

GMS Anatomy & Neurobiology Professor Uses Artificial Intelligence to Better Predict Dementia Onset

Dr. Rhoda Au, professor of anatomy & neurobiology in Graduate Medical Sciences, is part of a research team working with artificial intelligence to predict dementia onset. The team is led by Dr. Vijaya B. Kolachalama, an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine who is an expert on using advanced computer technology to make more informed medical diagnoses. His team has created a deep learning algorithm that can predict where a person falls on the... More

GMS Students Receive Funding For Medical Device Designs

MInT, or the Medical Innovation and Technology entrepreneurship program, launched in spring 2021 thanks to innovation-minded graduate students from Graduate Medical Sciences at BUSM, College of Engineering, School of Public Health and Questrom School of Business. The goal of MInT is to empower early-career scientists with hands-on medical innovation design experience. Four teams of BU students pitched designs that won funding awards totaling approximately $12,000 from sponsors of MInT, including Innovate@BU/The BUild Lab and the Technology Development Office. The MInT... More

Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research

As we continue to battle the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, let’s not forget about the other major pandemic and public health crisis that has and continues to claim so many lives—the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A cure has yet to be found for this debilitating condition, but research efforts of investigators affiliated with the Providence/Boston Center for Aids Research (CFAR) are working to reduce the burden of AIDS on a global scale. The Prov/Bos CFAR carries... More

A 2020 Pandemic Year in Review: BUSM Steps Up

The year 2020 was like no other—it was business as usual for January and most of February, then everything changed in March. On top of the stress and isolation of a global pandemic, 2020 evolved into a year recognizing racial injustice and political turmoil. In the face of unprecedented adversity, students, faculty and staff at Boston University School of Medicine pulled together and continued its important mission of teaching, learning and discovery. Members of the BUSM... More