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Recent research and activities at Ragon

New vaccine strategy boosts T-cell therapy

Super-charging a treatment for leukemia also makes it effective on solid tumors. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office A promising new way to treat some types of cancer is to program the patient’s own T cells to destroy the cancerous cells. This approach, termed CAR-T cell therapy, is now used to combat some types of […]

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The Ragon Institute announces the establishment of the Brunner Fund for Medical Discovery, Education and Social Good

Ursula Brunner, a Swiss lawyer who has spent her career working for social and environmental justice, has just made a $5 million donation to the Ragon Institute to establish the Brunner Fund for Medical Discovery, Education and Social Good. This unique fund integrates medical research with social interventions that provide immediate benefit to the patients […]

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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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Ragon Institute top fundraiser for 34th annual AIDS Walk

Team Ragon raises $64,014 for crucial services BOSTON, Mass. – On Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, more than 30 Team Ragon members, including Ragon Institute employees and their friends and family, gathered at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell for the annual Boston AIDS Walk and 5K Run. The AIDS Walk, now in its 34th year, is […]

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Breaking the Code: How is a mother’s immunity transferred to her baby?

Ragon Institute-led study identifies factors contributing to placental transfer of antibodies CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One of the most successful interventions in reducing infectious disease worldwide, vaccination still has limited effectiveness in protecting one group of patients – newborn infants. Now a study based at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard has determined how […]

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Ragon Institute hosts Neuro-Immune Symposium

Two-day symposium brings together experts in the growing field of neuroimmunology On March 28th and 29th, 2019, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard hosted a Neuro-Immune Symposium with the goal of bringing together world-class experts in neuroimmunology and the related fields of neurobiology and immunology to share their cutting-edge research and discoveries, and […]

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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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New immune markers of exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis challenge decades of clinical practice

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide, and is caused by the slow growing bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Because the time between infection and disease can be long – years or even decades – a major challenge for public health is knowing who is at risk for becoming ill so that they […]

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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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Ragon Institute study identifies viral peptides critical to natural HIV control

T-cell targeting of essential amino acids may underlie spontaneous HIV suppression, define path to a vaccine CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Investigators at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have used a novel approach to identify specific amino acids in the protein structure of HIV that appear critical to the ability of the virus to […]

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MGH receives $200 million to advance research into complex diseases

Largest gift in hospital history will bolster the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard BOSTON – Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced it has received the largest gift in the hospital’s history – $200 million – to endow the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. This landmark contribution from philanthropists and longtime hospital supporters […]

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Announcement of Record Gift to MGH to Endow the Ragon Institute

We are thrilled to let you know that the MGH has received the largest philanthropic gift in its history – a $200 million contribution to support the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. This extraordinary gift comes from Phillip (Terry) and Susan Ragon, long-time supporters of the hospital, whose transformational contribution will ensure that […]

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Biostatistics Course Strengthens Statistics Skills in Research Community

The availability of a variety of free, user-friendly statistical software packages has enabled many scientists to perform their own analyses and generate results without a formal knowledge of programming languages. This democratization of data science can be hugely important to researchers wishing to analyze and interpret their research data, but can be risky without sufficient […]

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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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Clinical Research Coordinators Volunteer at the Celebration of Life

At the Ragon Institute, the communities and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS are the driving force behind the science. While much of our work focuses on the epicenter of the epidemic in Durban, South Africa, we know the importance of engaging communities in Boston as well. On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 a team of […]

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