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July 30, 2008

MGH study shows how amyloid plaques may damage brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease
Using an advanced imaging technique that reveals how brain cells are functioning, researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease have found that levels of intracellular calcium are significantly elevated in neurons close to plaques in the brains of an Alzheimer’s mouse model.

July 30, 2008

Large study uncovers surprisingly diverse genome alterations that contribute to schizophrenia
A multinational group of investigators has discovered that people suffering from schizophrenia are far more likely to carry rare chromosomal structural changes of all types, particularly those that have the potential to alter gene function.

July 30, 2008

MGH receives $8.5 million grant from Schwartz Foundation to expand HIV/AIDS work in Africa
MGH today announced plans to greatly expand its HIV/AIDS clinical and research efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – often considered the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic – and establish a state-of-the-art academic and research facility in Uganda.

July 24, 2008

Consortium develops new method enabling routine targeted gene modification
A multi-institutional team led by MGH investigators has developed a powerful new tool for genomic research and medicine – a robust method for generating synthetic enzymes that can target particular DNA sequences for inactivation or repair.

July 21, 2008

Viral recombination another way HIV fools the immune system
When individuals infected with HIV become infected with a second strain of the virus, the two viral strains can exchange genetic information, creating a third, recombinant strain of the virus. Now a study from the Partners AIDS Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that how and where viral strains swap DNA may be determined by the immune response against the original infecting strain.

July 14, 2008

Patient reports can add to efforts to identify, reduce adverse events in hospitals
A study by a group of Massachusetts researchers finds that surveying patients about their experiences can add important information to hospital efforts to improve patient safety.

July 10, 2008

Middle Eastern families yield intriguing clues to autism
Research has implicated a half-dozen new genes in autism and strongly supports the idea that autism stems from disruptions in the brain's ability to form new connections in response to experience.

July 02, 2008

Circulating tumor cells can reveal genetic signature of dangerous lung cancers
An MGH-developed, microchip-based device that detects and analyzes tumor cells in the bloodstream can be used to determine the genetic signature of lung tumors, facilitating targeted therapies and monitoring genetic changes that occur during therapy.

July 01, 2008

Depression Ups Risk of Complications Following Heart Attack
People who suffer from severe depression following a heart attack might be more likely to experience cardiac complications while hospitalized, according to a new study.

July 01, 2008

CIMIT Names Recipients of Young Clinician Research Awards
CIMIT is pleased to announce that six bright and promising medical professionals have been named recipients of the Young Clinician Award for 2008.

July 01, 2008

Relaxation response can influence expression of stress-related genes
A new study finds that eliciting the relaxation response – a physiologic state of deep rest – influences the activation patterns of genes associated with the body’s response to stress.


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