Category Archives: international

New funding opportunities for African Scientists

Apr 09

New funding opportunities for African Scientists

Budding African scientists have an exciting new avenue through which they can enhance their research careers and further equip themselves to tackle the scientific challenges of our times, including two of the world’s most daunting public health challenges: TB and HIV.     This week the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), Massachusetts […]

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A New TB/HIV Facility Opens Its Doors in South Africa

Ragon Institute Director Dr. Bruce Walker attended the event along with Massachusetts General Hospital President Dr. Peter Slavin , Senior VP for Research, Dr. Harry Orf, and Dr. Marylyn Addo, Director of International Programs for the Ragon Institute. On October  9, the new facility for the KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH) […]

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HIV Vaccines to be Tested at the Disease’s Epicenter

“An international research consortium plans to begin testing four new HIV vaccines in 2014 in a province of South Africa where the infection rate is among the highest in the world.   The unusual effort to test several vaccines nearly simultaneously reflects the difficulty of finding a way to prevent HIV infection, says Bruce Walker, […]

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K-RITH Student Receives Prize for Conference Research Paper

K-RITH sponsored student, Ngomu Akeem Akilimali received 2nd Prize for the Best Research Paper Presentation awarded by Discovery at the 3rd National TB Conference held in Durban June 2012.   His talk focused on how the HIV-induced upregulation of Leukocyte Immunoglobulin (Ig)-Like Receptors (LILRs) is abrogated in individuals co-infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Much research […]

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K-RITH/Ragon/CFAR Sponsor Biostatistics Course in South Africa

May 7-11, 2012 the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, and the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) co-sponsored a biostatistics course in Durban, South Africa for the benefit of African scientists.   Biostatistics is the application of statistics to a wide range of […]

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HPP Celebrates Seven Graduates of UKZN

On Monday, April 16, 2012, the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at Doris Duke Medical Research Institute (DDMRI), part of the Nelson Mandela Medical School, University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) graduated 7 students– 5 PhDs and 2 Masters. It was a day of joyful celebration and great pride for everyone involved.   The partnership between Ragon […]

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Newsletter Vol 3: HPP Retreat and Irvine

2010 HPP Retreat in South Africa Communication and collaboration is the lifeblood of real scientific progress. Researchers often work long hours focused on their own research but getting together periodically with others in their field to share results gives a fresh perspective which often moves research forward.   This past October, Ragon Institute faculty, researchers […]

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Newsletter Vol 2: Student Program, Yu Lab, WhizzKids

Ragon Summer Student Program For many, summer time means beaches and barbeques, but for motivated high school and undergraduate students interested in HIV research, summer also means research at the Ragon Institute.   The Ragon Institute Summer Student Program, directed by Dr. Sylvie Le Gall, has been in force since 2005 and has grown exponentially […]

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Newsletter Vol 1: AIDS Walk, Barouch, iTeach

On June 6, Despite cloudy skies and a tornado watch, over 12,000 intrepid walkers showed up to support the 25th annual AIDS Walk Boston.   The Ragon Institute—and its former iteration, the Partners AIDS Research Center—has supported the AIDS Walk since 1996. The walk begins at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade and […]

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