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Your Covid-19 Test Swabs Can Help Researchers at Northeastern

Since late August, the university has run more than 450,000 COVID-19 tests of students, faculty, staff, and contract employees. The vast majority of the samples collected on the Boston campus are processed in Northeastern’s own Life Sciences Testing Center, a state-of-the-art laboratory with state and federal certification on the university’s Burlington, Massachusetts campus.

Those waiting in line at the Cabot Testing Center may have spotted signs throughout the building with QR codes promoting the Testing Research Registry and Repository. The repository has been created by the university to collect COVID-19 test results and biomedical specimens donated by those getting tested.

tudents, faculty, and staff can securely elect to donate their test swabs so that Northeastern researchers can use the data to study the spread and makeup of the virus.

The research opportunities from a robust dataset are vast.

With an international student body, researchers might be able to track whether and how the virus mutates from country to country, said Jared Auclair, associate dean of professional programs and graduate affairs in the College of Science, lead of the Life Sciences Testing Center, and one of the principal investigators on the research proposal.

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December 01, 2020

Your Brain Is the World’s Most Proficient Accountant. Here’s How.

Right now, as you read this, your brain is performing a complex series of calculations and predictions designed to efficiently allocate resources such as salt, glucose, and water to the rest of your body. It’s interpreting waves of light, chemicals in the air, and the squiggles on this page, turning them into sights and smells and words. But all of this is in service of your brain’s most vital function: keeping you alive.

“Your brain is constantly running a budget for your body,” says Lisa Feldman Barrett, university distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern.

And with complex systems including “a cardiovascular system with a heart that pumps blood, a respiratory system that takes in oxygen and eliminates carbon dioxide, and an adaptable immune system that fights infection,” a body budget is far more complex than a single bank account, Barrett writes in her new book,Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.

“Your brain really functions more like the accounting department of a sizable company,” she says.

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December 01, 2020

Faculty Research Talks: Sex Differences in Fearful Behavior with Rebecca Shansky

Prior to 2016, most biomedical research was done almost exclusively on male animals – completely ignoring any possible differences females and other sexes could experience.

Prof. Rebecca Shansky knew that this can – and has – led to treatments for neurological diseases and illnesses that do not work in women. Professor Shansky is on a mission to understand differences that sex has on the brain’s responses to trauma.

Hear from Hazel Sive, Dean of the College of Science, and Peter Bex, Chair of the Psychology Department, introduced Professor Shansky to speak about her revolutionary research in how sex affects brain structure and function.

Originally aired on September 22, 2020.

November 30, 2020

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