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Single-cell atlas reveals underlying building blocks of ulcerative colitis

Hundreds of thousands of colon cells offer new clues into what goes wrong in an inflammatory bowel disease and why some patients don’t respond to drugs. Inflammatory bowel diseases are chronic, painful disorders of the intestine that afflict roughly 1.5 million people in the United States. Yet the underlying mechanisms…

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HST alum Lina Colucci helms development of hydration sensor for dialysis patients

Noninvasive device could benefit patients with kidney disease, congestive heart failure, or dehydration. For patients with kidney failure who need dialysis, removing fluid at the correct rate and stopping at the right time is critical. This typically requires guessing how much water to remove and carefully monitoring the patient for…

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How expectation influences perception

Neuroscientists co-led by HST MEMP PhD student Nicolas Meirhaeghe find brain activity patterns that encode our beliefs and affect how we interpret the world around us. For decades, research has shown that our perception of the world is influenced by our expectations. These expectations, also called “prior beliefs,” help us…

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HST MEMP Diversity Ambassadors reflect on recent MIT Bridge Builder Award

In 2017, five PhD students in the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) program at HST launched efforts to markedly expand the program’s outreach to students from underrepresented groups in the sciences, e.g. women, minorities, and students with disabilities. Recognizing opportunities to adopt more inclusive practices across HST, Aditi Gupta,…

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