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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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Engineered bacteria could help protect “good” gut microbes from antibiotics

Microbes that safely break down antibiotics could prevent opportunistic infections and reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance, according to MIT researchers, including at IMES. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they can also harm the beneficial microbes that live in the human gut. Following antibiotic treatment, some patients are at risk…

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Remaking health, sciences & technology

At 50-year mark, HST embarks on broad curriculum reform Sanjat Kanjilal, an infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and now a Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty member, graduated from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program in 2010. While still a student in 2005, Kanjilal took the…

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