Category: research

Food trays

A closer look at the bacteria behind the recent food poisoning outbreak

Clostridium perfringens is a common foodborne illness ‎that causes nearly 1 million infections each year. The bacterium has many environmental sources, but is typically found on raw meat and poultry.

Weekend Links: Robotic Pants Helping Some People Walk Again, Artificially Grown Mini Brains and More

Weekend links is a collection of interesting science stories from across the web, curated by your friends at the Mass General Research Institute. Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again  (Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias writing for The Conversation) Could the answer to mobility problems one day be as easy as pulling on a pair of trousers? ...

Postdoc Profile: Yangyundou Wang, PhD

In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we’re profiling some of the postdoctoral researchers who make invaluable contributions to scientific research at Massachusetts General Hospital every day. Yangyundou Wang, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow working in the Vakoc Lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. My work at Mass General is very interdisciplinary. It combines ...

Postdoc Profile: Michael VanElzakker, PhD

Michael Van Elzakker, PhD, is a neuroscientist at Mass General who is using brain scans to learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome.

Postdoc Profile: Anna Khimchenko, PhD

Scientific research is complex and often not straightforward. Thus, one needs to be smart, well-organized and hardworking to be successful. So, work hard, learn new things each minute, try to become better each day, and you will be acknowledged.

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Mass General researcher finds that earlier palliative care improves patient quality of life in serious illnesses

Mass General clinician-researcher Jennifer Temel, MD, a Hostetter MGH Research Scholar, is studying the effects of palliative care on quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. She was recently profiled in an article on the Mass General Giving website. Here are five things to know: Palliative care is treatment that is designed to provide ...

KL2-CMeRIT awardees

Congrats to the 2018 KL2/CMeRIT Awardees from Mass General

The KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) program provides advanced training in clinical and translational research to senior fellows and junior faculty from all health professions represented by Harvard Catalyst, including medicine, dentistry, and nursing. Congratulations to this year’s winners from Massachusetts General Hospital! Below, you will find summaries of their projects as well as ...

Weekend Links: Brain Differences for Men and Women After Soccer Injuries; Can MDMA Help with Social Anxiety in Autism and More

Weekend links is a collection of interesting science stories from across the web, curated by your friends at the Mass General Research Institute. Can MDMA help people with autism overcome social anxiety? (Benjamin Bell writing for Massive Science) For the nightly news and cop shows, Ecstasy is the scourge of music festivals, the substance of ...

Exploring Sleep-Disease Links

Richa Saxena, PhD, a principal investigator for the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is looking at the genetics of sleep and its link to disease. Dr. Saxena is a Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022. What is the most exciting sleep research that you and your team are doing? What’s been most exciting ...

Bringing a 70-Year-Old Surgical Technique Into the 21st Century

Imagine your surprise if you needed heart surgery and were told your cardiac surgeon would be using the same technique their predecessors used in the 1940s. Thankfully, techniques for heart surgery have come a long way in 70 years. The same cannot be said for Mohs surgery — a procedure for removing skin cancer on ...