NEWS

Recent research and activities at Ragon

Employee Highlight: Ildiko Toth

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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Kleinsteuber Awarded EU Fellowship

Katja Kleinsteuber, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow with in the Walker Lab has been awarded the Marie Curie International outgoing fellowship awarded by the European Commission.   The European Commission plays a key role in providing support for the next generation of science, technology, researchers and innovations through the whole of the European Union and associated […]

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Annual Institute Retreat Fosters Collaboration

The annual Ragon Institute Retreat was held this fall in Hebron, New Hampshire and reinforced collaborative research ties across the institute.   “Collaboration” has long been the watchword of the Ragon Institute, and has typically been applied to collaboration with outside institutions and disciplines. However, with 28 labs at the Ragon Institute, all headed by […]

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BIDMC Awarded $20 Million for HIV Treatment

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has received a four-year, $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate and test broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of HIV. “We have recently demonstrated the profound therapeutic efficacy of the potent broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody PGT121 in rhesus monkeys chronically infected with […]

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Broad and Ragon Award First ENDHIV Collaborative Grants

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard are pleased to announce the newly established ENDHIV Collaborative grants, one-year, $100K grants designed to spark collaborations and to foster new scientific directions for scientists at both Institutes.   For the first round of proposals, which were accepted between […]

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Shalek Jointly Recruited by MIT and Ragon

The Ragon Institute, together with the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) and the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), are pleased to announce that Dr. Alex K. Shalek has accepted a joint position as an Associate Member at the Ragon Institute, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and a Core Member […]

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Porichis Recognized by CAVD as Early Career Investigator

Ragon Institute Investigator Filippos Porichis, PhD has been recognized by the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) for significant contributions to research conducted within the CAVD.  Dr. Porichis was nominated for the Early Career Investigator Award by Dr. Bruce Walker,  CAVD Principal Investigator and Director of the Ragon Institute.   The Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine […]

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Employee Highlight: Andrea Parker

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 […]

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Third Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) hosted its third Interactive Biostatistics Course in Durban, South Africa.   39 scientists participated in the course at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) which was opened up to scientists from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana and Cameroon.  Travel scholarships for these students was […]

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New Findings Show Strikingly Early Seeding of HIV Viral Reservoir

The most critical barrier for curing HIV-1 infection is the presence of the viral reservoir, the cells in which the HIV virus can lie dormant for many years and avoid elimination by antiretroviral drugs. Very little has been known about when and where the viral reservoir is established during acute HIV-1 infection, or the extent […]

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Employee Highlight: Oluwaseun Ogunbodede

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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Makadzange Opens New Lab in Zimbabwe

A new Ragon Institute-associated lab has been recently opened at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. The goal of the lab is to facilitate translational research in Africa by encouraging clinicians and scientists to work together to identify critical research questions based on clinical observations and identify solutions in the lab.   The laboratory was […]

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Study Finds How Protein Blocks HIV Life Cycle in Elite Controllers

Investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have learned more about one way the immune systems of elite controllers – those rare individuals able to control HIV infection without drug treatment – block a key step in the virus’s life cycle. In a paper appearing in Cell […]

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Kwon Recognized for Mentorship

Ragon Institute faculty member Dr. Douglas Kwon has been recognized for his mentorship by Harvard Medical School.   In the field of research, mentoring is crucial in order to encourage and support the career development of the next generation of young scientists who will build on existing scientific knowledge to achieve common goals.  Mentoring requires […]

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Ragon Supports AIDS Walk 2014

Sunday, June 1 was a beautiful day for a walk… The 29th annual AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run that is!     For the 18th year in a row, Team Ragon walked with the goal, not only of raising money, but also of raising awareness. As the 78 team members joined the thousands who […]

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