Recent research and activities at Ragon

Ragon Employee Recognized for Suggestion of the Month

Alex Cusson, Administrative Manager at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, was nominated for the March 2018 Suggestion of the Month in recognition of a comment he submitted via Isuggest, a platform which aims to implement changes to operational processes across Massachussets General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Partners HealthCare based on […]

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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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Ragon Institute Hosts Cellular Immunity Workshop

On January 4th and 5th, 2018, leading researchers in the field of cellular immunology participated in an interactive workshop entitled “Prospects for designing and testing vaccines to elicit cellular immunity against HIV”, hosted by the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.   The meeting focused on how cell-mediated immunity can be incorporated into the […]

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New Insights into the Early Immune Response against Viral Infection

In a recent report in Cell, researchers at the Ragon Institute in Cambridge, MA and their collaborators announced a groundbreaking new model of how immunity is initiated in response to viral infections. Achieving broad and long-lasting protection against viruses such as influenza, HIV, and Zika has been a longstanding goal in the field of vaccine […]

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Clinical Efficacy Trial of Ragon Institute-Supported HIV Vaccine Underway in Africa

“Mosaic” vaccine designed to respond to many viral strains, address challenge of genetic diversity. A phase 2b clinical trial of a novel preventive HIV vaccine regimen developed by researchers at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and partners has begun in southern Africa. The investigational […]

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Researchers Develop New Method to Generate Human Antibodies

An international team of scientists has developed a method to rapidly produce specific human antibodies in the laboratory. The technique, which will be described in a paper to be published July 24, 2017 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, could speed the production of antibodies to treat a wide range of diseases and facilitate the […]

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Ndhlovu Named HHMI International Research Scholar

Ragon Institute Instructor, Zaza M. Ndhlovu, PhD, is one of forty-one scientists from 16 countries who have been chosen as International Research Scholars through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).   HHMI, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation developed this award in order to recognize […]

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Ragon Top Fundraiser for 2017 AIDS Walk Boston

For the first time, long-time participant, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is the top fundraising team of the AIDS Walk and 5K Run Boston with a total of  $91,543 raised, the most ever raised by an individual team!     The event was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 and drew thousands […]

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2017 AIDS Vaccine Awareness Day

Today– May 18th, 2017– is the 20th annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.  It is a day to raise awareness for the need for a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.  It is also a day to recognize and thank the thousands of HIV vaccine clinical trial volunteers, researchers, health professionals, and activists who work together toward this goal. […]

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2017 Global Health Expo

May 15

On Wednesday May 10th, 2017, Ragon participated in the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Expo, held in the Bulfinch tent on the main MGH campus.   This annual event, sponsored by the Mass General Center for Global Health, offers an opportunity for the MGH community to learn more about the exceptional breadth of global health […]

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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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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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