Grand Challenge encourages innovation in aging

The National Academy of Medicine is mounting a Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge that seeks to boost innovation on healthier aging.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell harvard-medical-school healthy-longevity-global-grand-challenge hebrew-senior-life national-academy-of-medicine sharon-inouye

Researchers discover what’s behind a sense of direction

Using virtual reality experiments, Harvard neuroscientists have decoded how fruit fly brains integrate visual cues for navigation. Study also sheds light on a form of short-term memory known as unsupervised learning.

Kevin Jiang | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school fruit-flies harvard-medical-school head-direction-neurons sense-of-direction

Study suggests how measles wipes out body’s immune memory

A new Harvard study shows measles wipes out 11 percent to 73 percent of antibodies against an array of viruses and bacteria, depleting a child’s previous immunity, which underscores the importance of measles vaccination.

Stephanie Dutchen | Oct. 31, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine immune-amnesia antibodies blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school brigham-and-womens-hospital harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health immune-system measles measles-vaccination

3D printing revives skeletal study program at Countway

Countway Library is looking to revive the Bone Box program, which originally let anatomy students check out real human bones.

Sara Platnick | Oct. 30, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine bone-box countway-library harvard-medical-school johann-gaspar-spurzheim phineas-gage st-lee-innovation-grant

Philanthropist Len Blavatnik returns to Harvard Medical School

One year after the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced a $200 million commitment to Harvard Medical School, philanthropist Len Blavatnik spent the day at HMS visiting with scientists to learn more about research taking place on campus.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine access-industries blavatnik-family-foundation cryo-electron-microscopy-center-for-structural-biology david-rubenstein gift harvard-medical-school len-blavatnik single-cell-sequencing the-carlyle-group

Nervous system activity might influence human longevity, neural activity

The brain’s neural activity, long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy, also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute.

Stephanie Dutchen | Oct. 16, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school harvard-medical-school life-span neural-activity rest

Creating a reliable clock to track changes in microbiome

The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging, especially when attempting to study it in living subjects. A new genetic “repressilator” lets scientists noninvasively study its dynamics, acting like a clock that tracks how bacterial growth changes over time with single-cell precision.

Lindsay Brownell | Oct. 11, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology bacterial-growth harvard-medical-school microbiome repressilator wyss-institute

Harvard to launch center for autism research with $20M gift

Created with $20 million gift, the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard Medical School will aim to unravel the basic biology of autism and related disorders.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Oct. 10, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

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Harvard researchers show how several diets can improve heart health

Researchers applied new techniques to old samples from a 2005 dietary study to show that a focus on eating healthy rather than obsessing over a single nutrient can improve heart health.

Alvin Powell | Sept. 18, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center c-reactive-protein diet harvard-medical-school health heart-disease high-blood-pressure omniheart stephen-juraschek troponin

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