Recent research and activities at Ragon

Alter named to 2017 Class of MGH Research Scholars

Dr. Galit Alter, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Ragon Institute, has been named to the 2017 Class of MGH Research Scholars by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  This is the second time that Dr. Alter has received this award, having been named an MGH Research Scholar in […]

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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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Bacterial communities of female genital tract impact HIV infection risk

More diverse vaginal microbiomes in South African women may underlie increased risk   CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard has found that the most common bacterial community in the genital tract of healthy South African women is associated with […]

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CRISPR Screening Identifies Potential HIV Treatment Targets

Targeting human genes required for viral reproduction but not for T cell survival would avoid inducing treatment resistance   BOSTON – Investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have used the revolutionary new gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to identify three promising new targets for treatment […]

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World AIDS Day 2017 Events

Nov 29

World AIDS Day, held on the 1st December each year, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this.  You can also show your support […]

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Ragon Supports Annual Celebration of Life Event

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Ragon Institute supported the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hynes Convention Center.   Every year, Victory Programs Boston Living Center hosts the Celebration of Life event which honors Boston community members living with HIV/AIDS.  This year, the event featured a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, live entertainment and a Resource […]

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Catalyst Event Benefits Ragon

Oct 31

On September 9th, our Tech Square neighbor Catalyst Restaurant held their 5th anniversary celebration and they graciously incorporated a fund raiser into their event with the proceeds to benefit the Ragon Institute.  Over 225 guests attended the event and enjoyed the great food and entertainment from hula dancers.   The event raised $4600 which will […]

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2016 Ragon Institute Retreat

Oct 06

This fall, Ragon Institute faculty and students gathered in Brewster, MA for an intensive three days of scientific discussion, poster sessions, and team building exercises. Click images to view larger.

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Antibody Function May Help Keep TB Under Control

A study led by investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard finds evidence that antibody protection may help control infection with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB).  In their study receiving online publication in Cell, the research team describes finding consistent differences in both the structure and function of antibodies targeting the […]

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Beaches, Barbeques, and… HIV Research?

It’s a quintessential summer day—92 degrees and sunny without a cloud in the sky—but instead of heading to the beach, this group of motivated students is headed to Technology Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to work in a lab at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard.   No small feat, the highly […]

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Kwon Awarded MGH DOM Innovation Grant

Dr. Douglas Kwon has been awarded the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Innovation Grant.   Dr. Kwon submitted a proposal for the grant based on technology which leverages the power of genome sequencing to identify a bacteria’s species, as well as the level of resistance. This technology will allow doctors to generate a diagnosis […]

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From Donation to Research: The Journey of a CD4+ T Cell

The Ragon Institute of Mass General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard has a dual mission to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and subsequently to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Thus, the vast majority of studies require the use of peripheral blood cells such as B […]

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Fifty Years Ago Physicians Stopped Doing Research and Nobody Noticed

For millennia physicians have cured the sick and treated the ill, oftentimes experimenting on their patients and developing new medical treatments. However, for the past fifty years a dichotomy has been forming between the role of physicians who treat patients and researchers who pioneer new therapies.   A 2013 study by the Journal of the […]

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Workshop Encourages Rethinking of Global Health

On May 9th 2016, the first Rethinking Global Health workshop was held at the MIT Media Lab. This event, organized by the newly formed student organization MIT Cost-effective Healthcare Initiative, was attended by a diverse group of over 180 students, faculty members, physicians, NGO representatives and industry representatives.   The goal of the workshop was […]

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New Research Shows Vaccine Protection Against Zika Virus

BOSTON – The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic a global public health emergency on February […]

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