Month: August 2015

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The Many Colors of Research At Mass General

Colorful light is used to highlight images of microfluidic devices from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital:

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Grateful Patient Funds New Research into Rare But Deadly Aortic Dissection

After receiving life-saving surgery for an acute aortic dissection (AAD) at Mass General a few years ago, a former patient is helping to fund research into this rare but extremely life-threatening condition. (Above, Mark Lindsay, MD, PhD, is conducting a study to search for the genetic underpinnings of acute aortic dissection.) An AAD begins with a tear in ...

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Newly Identified Gene Variants that Modify the Onset of Huntington’s Disease Could Lead to New Therapeutics

Researchers from the Mass General Research Institute have used an innovative approach to pinpoint two locations on the human genome that influence the rate at which Huntington’s disease (HD), a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, develops in those carrying the HD gene defect. By studying the samples from more than 4,000 HD patients, researchers were able to identify two genetic variants in ...

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MGH Diabetes Quest Takes A Big Step

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, has made a promising advance in her 20-year quest to cure type 1 diabetes by receiving FDA approval to test an old tuberculosis vaccine that may also treat diabetes. READ MORE

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Reflections of Science

Afternoon clouds and surrounding buildings are reflected in the mirrored windows of the Richard B. Simches Research Building at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Simches building is home to five thematic research centers, including: The Center for Systems Biology The Center for Human Genetic Research The Center for Regenerative Medicine The Center for Computational and Integrative ...

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When Medicine Meets the Arts

Did you know that Mass General has an official “writer-in-residence?” Primary care physician Suzanne Koven, MD, is first to hold the role in the hospital’s 200+ year history. Koven, whose work frequently appears in the Boston Globe and other publications, has observed that medicine’s crucial element—the clinician-patient relationship—has become threatened as the profession becomes increasingly technology-driven. She and other ...