Researchers in the Greater Boston area, including at MIT and IMES, are actively seeking solutions to the health crisis caused by novel coronavirus

As we grapple with the growth in novel coronavirus cases in the United States, a group of physician-scientists, medical researchers, front-line clinicians, and epidemiologists in the Greater Boston area, including at MIT and IMES, are involved in an important and burgeoning effort to stem the pandemic. Two recent articles, in Science magazine and in The Boston Globe, describe the grass-roots effort, which is co-led by Bruce Walker, director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, a professor of the practice at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and a professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS); along with Arlene Sharpe, co-director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The hope is that by harnessing the considerable expertise and resources in the biomedical research institutions and medical centers in Boston and Cambridge, that a more nimble, better-coordinated effort will more effectively address this crisis, as well as future health challenges. Read on for more on how these efforts are seeking solutions to the infectious pathogen SARS-CoV-2 – and COVID-19, the disease it can cause – which has already spread to more than 80 countries:

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