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3 Questions: Daniel Anderson on the progress of mRNA vaccines

Following the successful development of vaccines against Covid-19, scientists hope to deploy mRNA-based therapies to combat many other diseases. Two mRNA vaccines, which received emergency authorization in late 2020, have proven critical in the fight against Covid-19. These vaccines, the first of their kind, were the culmination of decades of…

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Ellen Roche wins inaugural MIT Future Founders Initiative Prize Competition

Nine MIT researchers, including an IMES faculty member, were selected as finalists in the inaugural MIT Future Founders Initiative Prize Competition The MIT Future Founders Initiative Prize Competition, led by IMES core faculty member Sangeeta Bhatia, MIT Professor and President Emerita Susan Hockfield, and MIT Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita…

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A single memory is stored across many connected brain regions

Innovative brain-wide mapping study shows that an “engram,” the ensemble of neurons encoding a memory, is widely distributed and includes regions not previously realized. A new study by scientists at The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT provides the most comprehensive and rigorous evidence yet that the mammalian…

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Aging Brain Initiative awards fund five new ideas to study, fight neurodegeneration

Competitive seed grants launch yearlong investigations of novel hypotheses about potential causes, biomarkers, treatments of Alzheimer’s and ALS. Neurodegenerative diseases are defined by an increasingly widespread and debilitating death of nervous system cells, but they also share other grim characteristics: Their cause is rarely discernible and they have all eluded…

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