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Monoclonal Antibodies Show Promise As Effective HIV Therapy

Oct 30

Monoclonal Antibodies Show Promise As Effective HIV Therapy

BOSTON – A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has demonstrated that a group of recently discovered antibodies may be a highly effective therapy for the treatment of HIV. Published on-line today in the journal Nature, the findings encourage the development of these monoclonal antibodies as a novel therapy […]

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Targeting Reactivated HIV

Oct 16

Targeting Reactivated HIV

Dr. Eileen Sully discusses her research strategy to use Natural Killer (NK) cells to to recognize and eliminate reactivated HIV viruses. Watch her interview with Fred Schaich of the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA) via The Body Pro: The HIV Resource for Health Professionals.       Video:  The Body Pro’s interview […]

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Nanoparticle vaccine offers better protection

Oct 01

Nanoparticle vaccine offers better protection

Ragon Program Leader for Technology Development, Dr. Darrell Irvine discusses a new type of nanoparticle vaccine delivery system which is being researched in his lab.   The nanoparticle system protects the vaccine long enough to generate a strong immune response  in mucosal surfaces far from the vaccination site.   “This is a good example of […]

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Thobakgale Recognized as Top African Female Scientist

Sep 12

Thobakgale Recognized as Top African Female Scientist

South African newspaper The Mail & Guardian, recently named Dr. Christina Thobakgale second runner up in the field of distinguished young women in the life sciences for 2013.   Dr. Thobakgale graduated with a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2012 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Ragon Institute and at UKZN […]

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Porichis Named Director of International Programs

Aug 27

Porichis Named Director of International Programs

The Ragon Institute is happy to announce that Dr. Filippos Porichis has been appointed the new Director of International Programs at Ragon.  This position was previously held by Dr. Marylyn Addo who vacated the position this summer to accept a position as  Director of the Division of Emerging Infections, Department of Medicine, at the University […]

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Aspinwall and Friends hold fundraiser for FRESH

Jul 31

Aspinwall and Friends hold fundraiser for FRESH

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On the evening of July 18, 2013,  a benefit show was held in Boulder, Colorado to benefit the FRESH Study,  an HIV prevention and education program in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.   The musical evening, held at Nissi’s, an award-winning restaurant and music venue, raised nearly $1,500 in support of FRESH!  With this gift, FRESH will […]

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Slavin and Ragons Recognized for Philanthropy

Jul 23

Slavin and Ragons Recognized for Philanthropy

Terry and Susan Ragon and Peter Slavin have been selected by Boston Magazine for their list of Boston’s 25 most powerful philanthropists.   Dr. Peter Slavin, Massachusetts General Hospital President, is recognized at number 18 for establishing the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine to raise money for research and patient care.   […]

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Allen Receives MGH Research Scholar Award

Jul 18

Allen Receives MGH Research Scholar Award

This year, Dr. Todd Allen was one of nine Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers chosen to receive the MGH Research Scholar Award.   The Research Scholar Award, established at MGH in 2011 by means of a $10 million anonymous donation, provides $500,000 of unrestricted funding over the course of five years to innovative investigators, giving […]

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AIDS Walk 2013 Breaks All Records

Jul 15

AIDS Walk 2013 Breaks All Records

This year’s Ragon AIDS Walk Team broke all records for team members and amount of money raised for local support for Massachusetts HIV/AIDS services.   The team had a record 118 members made up of persons both from the Ragon Institute and InterSystems, up from 93 last year and Team Ragon exceeded their $50K goal […]

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FRESH program empowers African women

Jun 24

FRESH program empowers African women

A new Ragon study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is enrolling its sixth cohort of women this month in a longitudinal study in order to identify and analyze participants immediately after they are infected with HIV.  Project staff is simultaneously providing job and life-skills training to the women in order to provide support to a community […]

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Cusson Recognized by Partners in Excellence

Jun 05

Cusson Recognized by Partners in Excellence

Ragon Grant Manager Alex Cusson has been recognized by the Partners of Excellence program for taking to heart the Partners HealthCare goal for all employees of “Excellence Every Day”.   In the three years that Alex has been a grant manager at the Ragon Institute, he has distinguished himself with a level of attention to […]

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Newsletter Vol 10: Expanded Resources and Opening Events

May 29

Newsletter Vol 10: Expanded Resources and Opening Events

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The Ragon Institute has been established in their new space 400 Tech Square, Cambridge for several months now and researchers and staff are settling in and enjoying the spacious modern facilities.   One of the primary purposes of moving to a larger space was that it would allow Ragon to increase its laboratory resources.  In […]

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White House Office of National AIDS Policy Visit

May 22

White House Office of National AIDS Policy Visit

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The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard had the privilege to host the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) last week.   The Director of ONAP, Dr. Grant Colfax, and the Senior Program Manager of ONAP, James Albino, toured the Ragon lab space and then participated in a roundtable discussion about current research […]

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Second Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

May 16

Second Annual Biostatistics Course Held in South Africa

For the second year in a row, African scientists learned biostatistical methods with the ultimate goal of empowering them to be part of the solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Biostatistics is the application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology including medical research. The collection, summarization, and analysis of data from […]

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Announcing the Penny Talks

May 07

Announcing the Penny Talks

The  Ragon Institute is proud to launch the Penny Talks, a monthly seminar featuring Ragon/MGH faculty explaining, in layman’s terms, the vision behind their work.   Few who met and worked with Penny Campbell could have forgotten her!  Penny started at Ragon (then Partners AIDS Research Center) in 2001 as Grant Administrator to Drs. Walker and […]

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