Category Archives: international

Eight Harvard students travel to KZN for a unique HIV research internship

Some of the world’s brightest young health minds will be working under the supervision of senior HIV scientists to gain insight into combating this global epidemic. KWAZULU-NATAL, South Africa — Eight students from Harvard University are currently in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for an intensive internship program to learn about the important HIV prevention and cure research […]

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Early antiretroviral treatment may preserve key immune responses to HIV

Ragon Institute study findings could pave the way to vaccine development CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Instituting combination antiretroviral (ART) treatment at the earliest stages of HIV infection may allow the generation of functional CD8 “killer” T cells and preservation of the CD4 helper T cells that are the virus’s primary target.  Investigators from the Ragon Institute […]

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5 South African Traditional Healers honored in the USA

Five Traditional Healers from KwaZulu-Natal – who are central to an innovative program run in partnership with a local South African NGO and the KZN Department of Health – traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they were hosted for five days and honored for their work by the prestigious Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. […]

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Songs of KwaZulu-Natal: Reflections from HST.434

Sri Gowtham Thakku and Avilash Cramer | Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology   This past January, we traveled to South Africa as part of the IAP class HST.434: Evolution of an Epidemic. The class, taught by Ragon Institute Director Dr. Bruce Walker and Dr. Howard Heller and offered to MIT undergraduates, examines the medical, scientific, […]

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FRESH program combines basic science with social benefits for women at risk of HIV

Ragon Institute initiative addresses socioeconomic factors affecting HIV risk in young women in South Africa A program established by investigators from the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard is addressing the persistently elevated risk of HIV infection among young women in South Africa from two angles – first, investigating biological factors […]

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MIT Students Gain Global Perspective on the HIV Epidemic

From January 19th to 29th, 2018, MIT undergraduates traveled to Durban, South Africa, to study the evolution of the AIDS epidemic. The class, a Health Sciences and Technology (HST) course taught by Dr. Bruce Walker (Ragon Institute) and Dr. Howard Heller (MIT Medical), is in its second year, and aims to examine the AIDS epidemic […]

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“Evolution of an Epidemic” Course in South Africa

Nineteen MIT undergraduates attended the inaugural Health Sciences and Technology (HST) course “Evolution of an Epidemic”, taught during the 2017 Independent Activities Period (IAP) in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.   Focusing on the HIV epidemic as an example, course directors Dr. Bruce Walker (Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard) and Dr. Howard Heller (MIT Medical) built a curriculum […]

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2016 HIV Prevention Workshop

The 7th annual HIV Prevention Workshop hosted by the Ragon Institute, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa( CAPRISA), and the HIV Pathogenesis Program, took place in Magaliesburg, South Africa from 18 – 30 November 2016. More than 80 scientists and students participated in the workshop from local and international research […]

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HIV Risk and Hormonal Contraception in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from the Kwon Lab at the Ragon Institute have published findings which indicate that HIV acquisition is up to 3.5 times higher in South African women using injectable progestin-only contraceptives (IPCs). IPCs are the most common form of contraception used in sub-Saharan Africa and are common in some areas of high HIV incidence.   […]

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Ragon Participates in 4th Annual Global Health Expo

For the fourth year in a row, the Ragon Institute International Program participated in the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Expo, sponsored by the Mass General Center for Global Health.   The event was held Wednesday, May 6 at the MGH main campus and over 40 organizations, representing multiple departments and specialties, were on hand […]

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