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The Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was first established as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 1980, and it appointed its first dean, Dr. Louis Lasagna, in 1985. Prior to his career at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Lasagna revised the Hippocratic Oath and contributed greatly to the methodology of controlled clinical trials and the understanding of the placebo effect. During his tenure at Tufts, the size of the faculty tripled and the number of students in the School grew from 40 to 250. He also oversaw the formation of the School's two divisions, the Basic Science Division and Clinical Research Division, in 1999. Dr. Lasagna stepped down from the position in 2001. He was succeeded by biochemistry professor Dr. David Stollar, who served as Interim Dean from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Naomi Rosenberg was then appointed as the Dean in 2004. She first joined the faculty at Tufts Medical School in 1977 and was one of the first faculty at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, where her research focused on the mechanisms of leukemia development. Dr. Rosenberg was the recipient of the National Institute of Health MERIT Award (1983) and the Tufts Zucker Award for Excellence in Research (1994). During her time as Dean, she focused on providing student access to federal training grants, ensuring students had adequate career preparation, and creating a diversity program. Dr. Rosenberg retired in 2017. In December 2019, the name of the School was changed from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences to the Tufts Graduate of Biomedical Sciences due to role of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, in the opioid epidemic.
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