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James Collins is awarded the 2020 Dickson Prize for Medicine for pioneering research

The prize is given annually to an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine. James Collins, the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and the Department of Biological Engineering, has received the 2020 Dickson Prize…

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Algorithm reduces unnecessary use of antibiotics for UTIs

One paradox about antibiotics is that, broadly speaking, the more we use them, the less they continue to work. The Darwinian process of bacteria growing resistant to antibiotics means that, when the drugs don’t work, we can no longer treat infections, leading to groups like the World Health Organization warning…

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Covid-19 “super-spreading” events play outsized role in overall disease transmission

Mathematical analysis suggests that preventing large gatherings could significantly reduce Covid-19 infection rates. There have been many documented cases of Covid-19 “super-spreading” events, in which one person infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects many other people. But how much of a role do these events play in the overall spread…

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An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable PPE

United under the Sustainability Incubator Fund, researchers strategize sustainable sourcing solution for crises at the local and global level. “Crisis moments can be the best time for collective trust building,” says Jarrod Goentzel, principal research scientist and lecturer for the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) and director of the…

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