Reading the Unconscious Mind Under General Anesthesia

In September, eight researchers came to Massachusetts General Hospital to compete in our first-ever Art of Talking Science competition during HUBweek. Each researcher had four minutes to present their science to an audience of 200 people and a panel of judges, and then received feedback on how well they communicated the impact and significance of their work. Participants included scientists […]

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The Mass General Research Institute: Transforming Medicine Through Innovation

Massachusetts General Hospital is home to the largest hospital-based research enterprise in the U.S., with an annual budget of $928 million in 2018. The Mass General Research Institute was established in 2015 to support, guide and promote the hospital’s research enterprise. The Mass General Research Institute is built on a culture of excellence, compassion and […]

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New Method for Testing Blood Sugar Levels Could Improve Diabetes Monitoring

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new method for measuring blood sugar levels in diabetes patients that could reduce testing errors by 50 percent. The new method, which uses a mathematical formula that factors in the average age of a person’s red blood cells (RBCs) in addition to the cells’ overall blood sugar […]

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New Mass General Studies May Unlock Mysteries of Asthma

Mass General researchers have used innovative technology to learn more about the differences between asthma and allergic reactions.

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Dr. Harald Ott in his research lab

Mass General Scientists are Growing New Hearts in the Cells of Old Ones

In the lab, Dr. Harald Ott and his colleagues have taken ghostly hearts and resurrected them as new ones. Shocked with electrical pulses, those new hearts have even started beating again.

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Study Strengthens Evidence That Mental Activity Reduces Dementia Risk

Do you enjoy mind-stimulating activities such as reading, playing brain games or attending cultural events? The evidence is growing that they can boost your brain functioning and delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease or other age-associated dementias. While previous research studies have suggested this link, questions remained as to whether there was a real cause-and-effect relationship, or if […]

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Genetic Studies Reveals New Clues to Hereditary High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. We know that half the risk of developing high blood pressure is due to inherited factors, but until recently we only understood two percent of the genetic reasons for that risk. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are now a step closer to understanding the genetic underpinnings […]

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Study Suggests How “Super Aging” Older Adults Retain Youthful Memory Abilities

Some loss of memory is often considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators examines a remarkable group of older adults whose memory performance is equivalent to that of younger individuals and finds that certain key areas of their brains resemble those […]

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Final Thoughts from our Research Institute Summer Interns

As communications interns, Alyssa and Milo spent most of their time at the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute creating social media posts and writing articles on the research being conducted throughout the hospital. 

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Mass General Team Works to Find Cost-Effective Ways to Improve Global Neurological Care

By Alyssa Gocinski Research Institute Intern In addition to seeing neurology patients here at Massachusetts General Hospital, Farrah J. Mateen, MD, PhD, (below, second from left) is committed to finding innovative solutions to neurological health challenges in resource-limited settings worldwide. In a recent interview, Mateen explained that many of the countries that she works with […]

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