The Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (CCM) places Cummings School in the forefront of the emerging study of human, animal and environmental health in ecosystems, locally and globally. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is recognized internationally for faculty contributions to the study of zoonotic infectious diseases.
As part of a multidisciplinary team, Tufts University was awarded a USAID RESPOND grant of up to $185 million in 2009 targeting emerging infectious diseases. Under a new five-year award of up to $50 million, Tufts University is part of an international partnership of universities called One Health Workforce (OHW) with the goal of strengthening global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats.
Ranging from focused laboratory work on environmental toxicants to broader studies such as implementing a program for rabies eradication, Tufts CCM field initiatives focus on both the small and large picture from an ecological perspective. An important aspect of Tufts CCM, research projects and programs focus upon the impact of changes in biodiversity and ecological function on animal and human health.