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Boston University has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in research in a wide range of disciplines and a demonstrated commitment to fostering innovative interdisciplinary research. The Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Education supports the University in facilitating research at the both the student and faculty levels.

Our mission is to enhance and encourage research at Boston University and to provide a climate conducive to maintaining the University at the cutting edge of research and scholarly activities.

We work with the Boston University community to plan and coordinate interdisciplinary research and represent the University in research matters related to Inter-University consortia. To encourage new, innovative, and cross-disciplinary efforts, this office administers the Special Program for Research Initiation Grants (SPRInG).

We showcase graduate research at Science & Technology Day. This annual event features nearly 200 research posters by graduate students from both the Medical and Charles River Campuses working in a wide range of disciplines.

Our annual research magazine, Research at Boston University, informs a wide audience about a selection of our significant research findings and ongoing studies at Boston University. We also maintain a strong presence on the web through this site and through the Science Coalition
Boston Medical Center recognised for implementing quality cardiac care
27 July, 2006
Boston Medical Center is one of 173 hospitals in the United States being recognized in the July 17 issue of US News & World Report by the American Heart Association
Multi-sensory approach suggests adult perceptual systems can be modified
24 July, 2006
Researchers from Boston University and UCLA have found that using multi-sensory training programs, a research technique that engages more than one of the senses, helps adults improve their performance of low-level perceptual tasks, such as visually detecting the motion of an object, significantly faster than methods that use only one stimulus.
BU researcher says more than 3 or 4 drinks per occasion can be harmful
21 July, 2006
Not all heavy consumers of alcohol are addicted to alcohol. Among the 30 percent in the United States who are considered excessive drinkers, about one-third of that group is dependent on alcohol. However, studying those who are addicted to alcohol as well as those who drink excessively has provided significant insight into the societal consequences of alcohol consumption, according to Richard Saitz, medical doctor and professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.
iSTART model illustrates brain functions that lead to autistic behaviors
30 June, 2006
Approximately 1.5 million children and adults in the U.S. have autism and it is estimated to be the fastest growing developmental disability with a 10
BU Photonics Center Deputy Director Dr. Glenn Thoren demonstrated acoustic-driven platform
30 June, 2006
The new RedOwl
Model suggests Antarctic ice sheet more dynamic than previously believed
22 June, 2006
Through dated geological records scientists have known for decades that variations in the Earth
Researchers aim to bring new technologies and treatments from the bench to the bedside
09 June, 2006
A non-invasive test to predict a smoker
Study shows even modest weight gain may cause or exacerbate symptoms of heartburn
31 May, 2006
New findings from the Boston-based Nurses
Astronomers help discover extrasolar planet
18 May, 2006
An international team of professional and amateur astronomers, using simple off-the-shelf equipment to trawl the skies for planets outside our solar system, has hauled in its first 'catch.'
BU biologist discovers diversity in mantis shrimp underestimated
11 May, 2006
There is a push to document the biodiversity of the world within 25 years. However, the magnitude of this challenge is not well known, especially when it comes to vast and often inaccessible marine environments. To date, surveys of species diversity in the world's oceans have focused on adult organisms, but new research from Boston University has found that studying marine life in its larval phase with DNA barcoding is a valuable way to estimate biodiversity.
Researchers have identified a common genetic variant, present in ten percent of individuals
13 April, 2006
An international team of scientists led by researchers in the Genetics and Genomics Department at Boston University School of Medicine have identified a common genetic variant, present in ten percent of individuals studied, that is associated with an elevated risk of obesity in populations of both European and African ancestry. The risk of obesity is increased for both adults and children. The study appears in the April 14th issue of the journal Science.
Boston University scientists produce clearest images of star-forming clouds
23 March, 2006
A team of astronomers from Boston University
HIV-positive individuals with alcohol problems are more likely to use the hospital
13 March, 2006
HIV-positive individuals with alcohol problems are more likely to use the hospital during periods of homelessness, according to researchers from Boston Medical Center. The study currently appears online in the journal BMC Health Services Research.
BU researchers say that D-cycloserine helps patients learn how to conquer their fears
10 March, 2006
Researchers from the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University have found that adding D-cycloserine, a drug used to treat tuberculosis but that has also been shown to stimulate learning, to therapy programs helps people with Social Anxiety Disorder learn how to overcome fears of social situations, such as public speaking. The fear of public speaking is the most common among individuals with SAD, as well as in the general population. The results of the study are published in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Researchers from BU
03 March, 2006
Researchers from Boston University have discovered the remnants of the largest crater of the Great Sahara of North Africa, which may have been formed by a meteorite impact tens of millions of years ago. Dr. Farouk El-Baz made the discovery while studying satellite images of the Western Desert of Egypt with his colleague, Dr. Eman Ghoneim, at BU's Center for Remote Sensing.
New technique provides insight into how DNA conforms to microarray surfaces
01 March, 2006
A team of researchers from Boston University has developed a new application to enable more precise measurement of the location of a fluorescent label in a DNA layer. According to their study, published in a recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new technique provides insight into the shape of DNA molecules attached to surfaces, such as microarrays used in genomics research. Determining how DNA molecules conform to microarry surfaces may significantly improve the efficiency of DNA hybridization and microarray technology and thus impact emerging clinical and biotechnological fields.
Excavations on Red Sea coast uncover clues about Ancient Egyptian sailors and lost-land of Punt
27 February, 2006
A team of archaeologists from Boston University and the University of Naples l
New research shows X-ray bursts from the Sun cause dramatic changes to the planet
23 February, 2006
Boston University astronomers announced today the first clear evidence that solar flares change the upper atmosphere of Mars. In an article published in the February 24th issue of the journal Science, the researchers describe how X-ray bursts from the Sun in April 2001 recorded by satellites near Earth reached Mars and caused dramatic enhancements to the planet
New theory resolves mystery of anomalous cosmic rays
17 February, 2006
When Voyager 1 finally crossed the
Upset frequency higher compared with baseball, hockey, and basketball, and football
06 January, 2006
A scientific measure of sporting competitiveness shows that soccer is the most
Doctoral student develops computer program to find star clusters amid cosmic dust
12 December, 2005
Boston University researchers led a team of astronomers who recently discovered nearly 100 new star clusters in the Milky Way, each containing tens to hundreds of never before seen stars. Astronomy Professor Dan Clemens and Emily Mercer, a BU doctoral student, are members of the multi-institutional Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire team.
New program offering post doctoral fellowships in rehabilitation outcomes research
17 November, 2005
Dr. Alan Jette, director of the Health & Disability Research Institute at Boston University, announced a new program offering post doctoral fellowships in rehabilitation outcomes research to be offered at the University.
Study to examine results, progress since Institute of Medicine
13 October, 2005
A first of its kind study to examine the current state and impact of quality improvement activities undertaken by U.S. hospitals since a 2001 report identified severe failures and shortcomings and recommended significant changes in the U.S. healthcare system.
Pediatricians at Boston Medical Center Concerned about Impact on Child Health
29 September, 2005
According to a study released yesterday by the Food Research and Action Center, entitled 'Food Stamp Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot,' the majority of eligible Boston residents are not enrolled in the 100% federally funded Food Stamp Program. In 2003, only 48% of Boston area residents who qualified for Food Stamps received benefits, leaving 49,413 of the 95,135 eligible individuals without access to the food assistance they need, and leaving millions of federal dollars unclaimed.
BU study finds high homocysteine levels associated with lower cognitive functioning
27 September, 2005
Determining levels of homocysteine may be one way to intervene in mild cognitive deficit early in the adult life-cycle, according to a recent study by a research team led by Merrill F. Elias, a professor of epidemiology in the Statistics and Consulting Unit of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. Normally present in blood plasma, homocysteine is an amino acid by-product of the biological process that converts food to the chemical compounds that keep the body running.
Researchers will evaluate strategies useful when broaching issue of giving up driving
09 September, 2005
Researchers at Boston University Medical Center are conducting a new study that could help caregivers of people with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer
BU geographer shows dual approach informs farmers
23 August, 2005
Study finds family experiences more telling in adjustment of female adult children of alcoholics
25 July, 2005
In a recent study, researchers at the Boston University School of Social Work found that while parental alcoholism can serve as an indicator of long-term harm to children, contrary to common beliefs it is not a direct cause.
BU medical researcher indicates facts satisfy need-to-know for financial, care decisions
23 June, 2005
Adult children of people with Alzheimer
Researchers have found that adolescent girls living in Maine are at an increased risk for vitamin D
21 June, 2005
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found that adolescent girls living in Maine are at an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, which may eventually compromise their bone health.
University psychologists find the downside to perceptual learning
14 June, 2005
Our ability to learn to see things that may be new or unfamiliar to us is a plus; it allows us to adapt to changes in our surrounding environment. A big benefit is that it allows us to learn to do new tasks, such as becoming skilled at seeing the mere suggestion of a tumor on a mammogram. Learning to increase our sensitivity to a visual stimulus also seems to come at a cost, according to new research by Takeo Watanabe, an associate professor and director of the Vision Science Laboratory in Boston University
New state-of-the-art, robotically assisted surgery to help patients recover more quickly
02 June, 2005
Robotically assisted surgery allows the surgeon to perform a complicated surgery using minimally invasive techniques that are less traumatic for the patient; it also lowers the complication rate, according to Richard Babayan, MD, chief of Urology at BMC and professor of urology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Researchers report latest patterns of medication use in the US
27 May, 2005
In 2004, 82 percent of adults and more than 50 percent of children took at least one prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal/natural medication in any given week, Boston University researchers revealed today. These findings are part of an ongoing population-based survey of the full range of medications used in the United States started in 1998 by the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University Medical Center. The investigators previously reported on patterns of use in adults in 1998-99.
BU team shows how the human brain can learn without thinking
26 May, 2005
Watch out, you may learn something and not even know it, says Takeo Watanabe, an associate professor of psychology at Boston University
Short-term radiation for cancer pain as effective as longer regimen
25 May, 2005
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine confirm that single dose (8 Gy) radiation is as effective as the current standard of ten treatments (30 Gy) of radiation therapy for patients with painful bone metastases. These recommendations appear in an editorial in the June 1, 2005 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Ocean-going acoustic sensor array to aid in national security, ocean research efforts
20 May, 2005
Jason Holmes, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Boston University and guest researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has devised a low-cost, highly sensitive array of underwater ears that is perking up interest in both homeland security and ocean research circles. Holmes
Embryos distinguish vibrational differences, hatching early to snake attacks but not to rain
05 May, 2005
At the edge of Ocelot Pond, Panama, red-eyed tree frog embryos still in their eggs are about to make a life-or-death decision. The egg clutch, a gelatinous blob clinging to a leaf overhanging the water, has been spied by a bright green parrot snake. In a twinkling, the snake tears a few eggs from the clutch.
A self-management rehabilitation study may help people with Parkinson
11 April, 2005
Chemists journey to Gobi region for samples, discover novel dye in textiles from Peru
01 April, 2005
Although searching for 3,000-year-old mummy textiles in tombs under the blazing sun of a western Chinese desert may seem more Indiana Jones than analytical chemist, two Boston University researchers recently did just that. Traveling along the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang Province on their quest, they found the ancient fabrics ,and hit upon a research adventure that combined chemistry, archaeology, anthropology, botany, and art.
Biotech start-up developed, grown with help from BU's Technology Development Fund
28 March, 2005
Genes that could bolster crop yields, improve nutritional content, or make food crops more disease resistant can now be more easily identified and developed because of breakthrough technology developed by Modular Genetics Inc., a Woburn, Mass.-based biotechnology company.
New gene helps regulate production of potentially deadly tumor necrosis factor alpha cytokine
28 March, 2005
In a paper featured today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers from Boston University School of Dental Medicine report the discovery of a new gene, STAT6(B), that helps regulate production of the potentially deadly tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) cytokine.
22 March, 2005
The team looked at 18 years of data from the long-running Framingham Heart Study and found an association between naturally high levels of blood cholesterol and better mental functioning. The results were recently published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Discovery of genetic variation, that's strongest risk factor associated with age-related macular degeneration
10 March, 2005
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and SEQUENOM, Inc., report the discovery of a genetic variation, that is the strongest known risk factor associated with age-related macular degeneration. Published in the March 10, 2005, online issue of the journal Science, the study entitled
Boston University biomedical engineers, chemists collaborate on novel method
08 March, 2005
The ability to select and develop compounds that act on specific cellular targets has just gained a computational ally, a mathematical algorithm that predicts the precise effects a given compound will have on a cell
Researchers find key pathway linking oxidation chemical reaction to heart failure
08 March, 2005
Enlargement (or hypertrophy) of the heart muscle is a disease process underlying heart failure. Although reactive oxygen species are known to be involved in this process, relatively little is known about precisely how ROS, highly reactive molecules that arise from incomplete chemical reaction of oxygen, activate the pathways that direct cardiac myocytes to enlarge.
Renowned Scientist to lead Tularemia research at Boston University Medical Center
25 February, 2005
Renowned research scientist Dr. John R. Murphy has been named the Principal Investigator of a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study tularemia, it was announced today by Boston University Medical Center officials. Dr. Murphy, a resident of the South End neighborhood in Boston, will be responsible for the administration of the tularemia grant over the next four years.
Hospital makes history by offering patients new high-intensity focused ultrasound technology
22 February, 2005
Boston Medical Center recently made history when Richard Shemin, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at BMC, performed the world
Delta Dental of Massachusetts awards $4 million to support new programs at BU dental school
17 February, 2005
With the goals of increasing diversity within the dental profession while increasing the number of dentists practicing in underserved areas in the state, DSM (d.b.a. Delta Dental of Massachusetts) has awarded a $4 million grant to Boston University School of Dental Medicine to create the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Scholars Program. The gift establishes the largest endowment in the nation for dental scholarships for low income and minority students.
Researchers find most American medical schools fail to protect subjects
14 February, 2005
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found most American medical schools fail to protect subjects from the financial burden of research-related injury. The study, which appears in the February 2005, issue of the American Journal of Medicine, also found the informed consent language regarding research-related injury was particularly complex and difficult to understand.
BU team
09 February, 2005
Nanotechnology leapt into the realm of quantum mechanics this past winter when an antenna-like sliver of silicon one-tenth the width of a human hair oscillated in a lab in a Boston University basement. With two sets of protrusions, much like the teeth from a two-sided comb or the paddles from a rowing shell, the antenna not only exhibits the first quantum nanomechanical motion but is also the world
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