Tag: Mass General Research Institute

Are Genetics the Body’s Natural Alarm Clock?

If you own a white noise machine, sleeping mask or high-tech mattress, you may feel like you’re in control of your sleep. But what if there were factors outside your control that influence how many hours of sleep you get every night? In addition to environmental factors like temperature, noise and light, our genes are ...

Research Study Helps Improve Feeding Strategies in NICU

You may not realize it, but each time you take a squirt of water from a sports bottle or sip a milkshake through a straw, your body is performing a series of coordinated actions known as suck, swallow and breathe (SSB). In most people—even most newborn babies—this process is managed without much conscious control. However, ...

Research Awards and Honors: July 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. Continue reading to hear from a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, of the Dermatology Department, has received a 2018 Young Investigator Award for basic and ...

Snapshot of Science for July 2018

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Understanding the biological pathways underlying atrial fibrillation A team led by Patrick Ellinor, MD, PhD, at the Mass General Heart Center conducted a massive genomic analysis for atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular and often rapid heart ...

Blueprint Grant Will Help Advance Strategies to Limit Stroke Damage

When it comes to assessing the damage caused by natural disasters, experts often think in terms of primary and secondary effects. A primary effect of a flood, for example, would include the damage to homes and buildings caused by the rushing waters, while a secondary effect would be power outages resulting from downed trees and ...

New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

In the battle between bacteria and humans, the best defense may be a good offense. That’s the promising approach being pursued by Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD, a researcher and clinician in the Department of Infectious Disease and a d’Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lesser is using her MGH Research Scholar funding ($500,000 ...

Increasing Advancement Opportunities for Women in Science and Medicine

Despite progress, gender disparities still exist in science and medicine. Recent research has found that women are often offered lower pay and do not receive equal opportunities to advance to leadership positions. Mothers are also at a disadvantage in trying to balance their professional and personal lives. To help address this disparity, Mass General’s Claflin Distinguished ...

Could There be a Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new research study from Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Robert Moir, PhD, researchers in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has uncovered a Jekyll and Hyde role for a naturally occurring protein in the brain most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In conjunction with new findings from another research team at Icahn School of ...

MGH Research Scholars: The Power of Bold Giving and Big Ideas

(This article originally appeared on the Mass General Giving website.) Imagine swallowing a small capsule that travels down your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, capturing multiple microscopic images along the way in order to detect Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. While this device may sound like something from the future, it in fact exists today. Guillermo ...

Studying the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Edward F. Pace-Schott, PhD, is an investigator in the Sleep and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. He studies the relationship between sleep and anxiety using sleep recordings, brain imaging and physiological measurements. Dr. Pace-Schott recently presented at SLEEP 2018, the annual scientific and clinical meeting for sleep medicine physicians, and sleep and circadian ...