Engineers design a reusable, silicone rubber face mask

The prototype mask, which includes an N95 filter, can be easily sterilized and worn many times.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 pandemic research medical-devices mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology

How cancer drugs find their targets

Certain cancer therapeutics concentrate within cells — a finding that could change the way scientists think about drug design.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine cancer biology research drug-development school-of-science whitehead-institute koch-institute drug-delivery

Super-strong surgical tape detaches on demand

Removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine research medical-devices mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

Study finds path for addressing Alzheimer’s blood-brain barrier impairment

MIT researchers pinpoint mechanism and demonstrate that drugs could help.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: stem-cells medicine neuroscience alzheimers tissue-engineering research drug-development school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Counting your antigens

A new platform that precisely quantifies antigens presented on cell surfaces may help researchers and clinicians improve the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute • mit
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: medicine cancer immunology research school-of-engineering biological-engineering koch-institute

A boost for cancer immunotherapy

Engineers design nanoparticles that stimulate the immune system, helping it to attack tumors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine cancer research school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs national-institutes-of-health-nih nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology

New technology enables fast protein synthesis

Automated tabletop machine could accelerate the development of novel drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry medicine research drug-development proteins school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Study: Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine public-health covid-19 industry pandemic policy health-care antibiotics vaccines research government drug-development innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

Deep learning accurately stains digital biopsy slides

Pathologists who examined the computationally stained images could not tell them apart from traditionally stained slides.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning medicine cancer research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning computer-science-and-technology algorithms software

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