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2016 Ragon Institute Retreat

Oct 06

2016 Ragon Institute Retreat

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

Sep 22

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?

Aug 29

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

Aug 23

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

Aug 01

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

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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

Jul 19

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

Jul 12

Workshop Encourages Rethinking of Global Health

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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

Jun 28

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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HIV Genetics Reveal Key Transmission Differences

Jun 21

HIV Genetics Reveal Key Transmission Differences

Understanding why some strains of HIV may be more infectious than others may provide critical clues to developing an HIV vaccine that effectively blocks HIV transmission.   A study in the journal PLoS Pathogens, led by researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have decoded new information about the genetic makeup of […]

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Flow Cytometers and Flux Capacitors

Jun 14

Flow Cytometers and Flux Capacitors

Debunking the perplexingly advanced, cutting-edge technologies used by researchers at the Ragon Institute Imaging Core in pursuit of an HIV/AIDS vaccine.   There is perhaps no better analogy for the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard’s Imaging Core than a tricked-out, time-traveling 1985 DeLorean sports car.   Yes, you read that correctly.   Much like Marty […]

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Lingwood Awarded NIDA Avenir Award

Jun 07

Lingwood Awarded NIDA Avenir Award

Ragon Institute faculty member Daniel Lingwood, PhD, was one of seven recipients of The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Avenir Award.   The Avenir Award supports early stage investigators who propose highly innovative studies. The scientists each receive up to $300,000 per year for five years to support their HIV/AIDS and genetics research.   […]

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Ragon Supports 2016 Boston AIDS Walk

Jun 07

Ragon Supports 2016 Boston AIDS Walk

In spite of the rain, about thirty Ragon Institute members joined the nearly 10,000 participants of the 31st annual Boston AIDS Walk and Run.   The Ragon Institute has been a long-time supporter of AIDS Action Committee’s annual AIDS Walk and this year, Team Ragon raised $32,015, coming in 2nd place for top fundraising team. […]

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Study Identifies Unexpected Unexpected Mutation In Commonly Used Research Mice

May 19

Study Identifies Unexpected Unexpected Mutation In Commonly Used Research Mice

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Previously undetected mutation in a subline of C57BL/6 mice could compromise results of many previous studies   BOSTON – A strain of inbred mice commonly used for the creation of so-called knockout animals has been found to carry a previously undetected mutation that could affect the results of immune system research studies. In paper receiving […]

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Study of Potent HIV Antibodies Yields HIV Vaccine Insight

May 17

Study of Potent HIV Antibodies Yields HIV Vaccine Insight

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A sub-Saharan African donor’s blood has yielded remarkable finds that could be crucial in the search for an AIDS vaccine. An infected donor’s immune system naturally made potent antibodies, which lab tests showed could effectively recognize and neutralize about 50 percent of all HIV-1 strains circulating around the world. HIV-1 is the most widespread HIV […]

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Ragon Welcomes a New Partner in Excellence

May 16

Ragon Welcomes a New Partner in Excellence

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Last Month, the Ragon Instiute welcomed Dr. Facundo Batista—an internationally renowned expert in the fields of B cell activation, high-resolution imaging and in vivo microscopy—with a symposium entitled “B Cells In Immunity and Cancer.” The symposium, held in the Ragon Institute auditorium, featured Dr. Batista as well as a distinguished panel of guest speakers from […]

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