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Recent research and activities at Ragon

Ragon Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers

Four Ragon Institute faculty members were recently named Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. These include: Ragon Institute Director Dr. Bruce Walker, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University;  Dr. Todd Allen, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Dan Barouch, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University; and Dr. Dennis Burton, Professor, Scripps Research Institute.   In addition to the four Ragon faculty members, four  Ragon […]

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Facundo Batista Joins Ragon Leadership

The Ragon Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Facundo D. Batista has joined the faculty.  Dr. Batista joins Ragon faculty members and collaborators in pursuit of the development of an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine.   Dr. Batista is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of B cell activation, high-resolution imaging and in vivo microscopy. […]

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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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World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act is Now

December 1 marks World AIDS Day.  It is an opportunity for people worldwide to reflect upon the tremendous progress which has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to be re-energized for the fight ahead.   That is why it is appropriate that this year’s theme is: The Time to Act is Now   […]

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Employee Highlight: Samantha Tse

The expressed goal of the Ragon Insitute is lofty: to harness the immune system to prevent and cure human disease. But behind every principal investigator publishing a new finding is a team of support staff enabling their research. In the offices, administrative assistants, regulatory staff, and grant administrators manage the office, monitor funding, and ensure […]

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Shalek Awarded NIH New Innovator Award

Seventy-eight grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund. Awards support exceptional investigators pursuing bold research projects that span the broad mission of the NIH, including developing methods for cells to synthesize their own […]

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Investigational HIV Vaccine Regimen Shows Encouraging Results in Non-Human Primates

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., – July, 2, 2015 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced Thursday that scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Crucell Holland B.V, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), and several other collaborators today published results from a preclinical study of an HIV vaccine regimen used […]

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Balazs Awarded NIDA Avenir Award

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently announced the first recipients of its two newly developed Avenir Award programs for HIV/AIDS and genetics research. The Avenir (meaning “future” in French) Awards support early stage investigators who propose highly innovative studies. The six scientists will each receive up to $300,000 per year for five years […]

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Dendritic Cells of Controllers Recognize, Mount Defense Against HIV

Investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have added another piece to the puzzle of how a small group of individuals known as elite controllers are able to control HIV infection without drug treatment. In their paper published in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens, the research team […]

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Ragon Science Day 2015

Jun 10

On June 5, 2015, the Ragon Institute held its second annual Ragon Science Day.   The event featured 34 poster presentations, a thought-provoking panel discussion on “HIV Prevention: Past, Present, and Future” with six experts in the field, and a social hour. Over 150 Ragon members participated in the event.   Click images to enlarge. […]

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Ragon Supports 30th Annual AIDS Walk

Sunday, June 7 marked the 30th annual AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run, one of the oldest walks of its kind in the country.  About 10,000 people from across New England attended the event which returned to its roots on the Boston Common.   Participants walk for different reasons, but walk together for one common […]

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2014 Ragon Institute Annual Report

The 2014 Ragon Institute Annual Report is now available to view online or download! Learn about the Ragon Institute’s top accomplishments during the year.   2014 Ragon Institute Annual Report [With the interactive plugin above, you can use the menu bar to share, download as a PDF, or expand to full screen.]   If you […]

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Bacterial Communities of Female Genital Tract Have Impact on HIV Risk

Most common bacterial community in healthy South African women may increase presence of T cells targeted by HIV   A team led by researchers from 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 among healthy South Africa women […]

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Ragon Celebrates Six Years

May 14

Six years of innovation has not dampened the zeal of the researchers and staff of the Ragon Institute.  Just as at the inception of the Institute in 2009, faculty and staff continue to work tirelessly toward the common goal of  developing a vaccine for HIV and have, in the process, established Ragon as a leading […]

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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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