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Recipients of the 2014 Seed Grants Announced

Five principal investigators from the US and South Africa were awarded the first round of funding from the new Ragon TB Seed Grants.   One of the primary missions of the Ragon Institute is to provide a means for rapidly funding promising studies and emerging concepts in the field of HIV research. Since 2009, the […]

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Ragon Team Receives Grant to Develop Engineered Cytotoxic T-Cells

The Ragon Institute fosters an environment that breaks down silos between different fields of science. This has allowed Dr. Brad Jones, Ragon Institute post-doctoral fellow, to move forwards with an idea that takes an innovative technology developed in the laboratory of Dr. Darrell Irvine for the treatment of cancer, and to combine it with the […]

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Employee Highlight: Alyssa Clark

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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Scully Receives Grant to Study Gender Differences in HIV Treatment

Dr. Eileen Scully, M.D., Ph.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Ragon Institute has been awarded funding from amfAR’s Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE) program.   Founded in 1985, amfAR, one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. The ARCHE program was launched in […]

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Ndhlovu Recognized by CAVD as Early Career Investigator

This month, Ragon Institute Instructor Zaza Ndhlovu, PhD was recognized by the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) for significant contributions to research conducted within the CAVD.   The Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) is an international network of scientists and experts dedicated to designing a variety of novel HIV vaccine candidates and advancing […]

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The Ragon Institute 2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Ragon Institute Annual Report is now available to view online or download! Learn about the Institute accomplishments during its fifth year!   2013 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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Ragon Study Hones In On Mystery of HIV-Eliminating Vaccine Antibodies

NIH Grantees Sharpen Understanding of Antibodies that May Cut Risk of HIV Infection   What immune response should a vaccine elicit to prevent HIV infection? Two studies bring scientists closer to answering this question by identifying previously unrecognized attributes of antibodies that appear to have reduced the risk of HIV infection in the clinical trial […]

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Boucau Recieves Postdoc Recognition Award

Dr. Julie Boucau, postdoctoral fellow at Ragon, has been selected as a winner of the Postdoc Recognition Award by the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).   The MGPA is an association which serves the MGH postdoctoral community, providing support for research and career related matters, and provides a platform for interaction of postdoctoral research fellows […]

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Study identifies new stem cell-like population where HIV persists in spite of treatment

Recently discovered T memory stem cells may be a long-term viral reservoir, and potential targets for future treatment   Although antiviral therapy against HIV suppresses viral replication and allows infected individuals to live relatively healthy lives for many years, the virus persists in the body, and replication resumes if treatment is interrupted.  Now investigators from […]

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Thobakgale Recognized by Wellcome and South African Academy of Science

Dr. Christina Thobakgale, senior lecturer and researcher at the Ragon-affiliated HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was recently recognized for two prestigious awards.   In November, Dr. Thobakgale was nominated into the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Every year, only 10 new members are selected from across South […]

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Alter Receives Grant to Research New Strategies for Curing HIV Infection

Dr. Galit Alter, Assistant Professor at the Ragon Institute, was awarded an NIH grant to identify new strategies to eliminate reservoir cells by a “shock and kill” approach.   In her grant application for which she was awarded $2 million in research funds, Dr. Alter proposes to test whether a class of monoclonal antibodies specific […]

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Tully Awarded amfAR Fellowship

Dec 04

Tully Awarded amfAR Fellowship

Ragon Institute Research Fellow Dr. Damien Tully has been awarded the amfAR Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.   The Krim Fellowship program is an annual research initiative which supports young scientists seeking innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS.  This years six recipients, will each be awarded $150,000 over two years to support their research.   Dr. […]

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Byrne Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Ragon Institute undergraduate Elizabeth Hockfield Byrne is one of 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars this year.   The Rhodes Scholarship, created in 1903 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, is the oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world.  Each year, a class of 83 students […]

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Ragon Volunteers at BLC Celebration of Life

Every November, the Ragon Institute looks forward to volunteering at the Boston Living Center’s Celebration of Life, which provides a full Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment for anyone living with HIV/AIDS, their family and loved ones, as well as raising money for Boston’s HIV positive community.   The Boston Living Center (BLC) is a non-profit community […]

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Ragon Hosts Section of AIDS Memorial Quilt

Nov 13

Ragon Hosts Section of AIDS Memorial Quilt

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For the month of November, the Ragon Institute is proud to host a section of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt, the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that memorializes more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS.   The AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived of in November 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones, and […]

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