Fellowship funding for graduate students fuels research at universities around the world, the MCO (Molecules, Cells, & Organisms) Program is no exception. G1 Maati McKinney was awarded fellowships by both the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and the National GEM Consortium. Meanwhile, G4 Anastasia Repouliou of the Extavour Lab earned a Ph.D. Fellowship from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, an independent, non-profit foundation based in Germany that promotes basic research in the…
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Riaan Research Initiative, a non-profit organization, and UMass Chan Medical School are entering into an agreement to fund, research and develop a gene replacement therapy to combat Cockayne syndrome, a fatal autosomal recessive disorder. Cockayne syndrome, first identified in 1936, impacts a few hundred children around the world and is primarily caused by mutations in genes CSA and CSB, which…
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Lung immunity is essential to combat all pulmonary diseases, including COVID-19, pneumonia, lung cancer, asthma and COPD. Lung immunity differs from the systemic immunity which is the normal focus of biomedical investigations and interventions, but factors influencing the establishment and regulation of lung immunity are mostly still unknown. Now a new study reveals lung cell roles in guiding the immune…
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Using machine learning, a computer model can teach itself to smell in just a few minutes. When it does, researchers have found, it builds a neural network that closely mimics the olfactory circuits that animal brains use to process odors. Animals from fruit flies to humans all use essentially the same strategy to process olfactory information in the brain. But…
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Dealing with Uncertainty

As we interact with the world, we are constantly presented with information that is unreliable or incomplete – from jumbled voices in a crowded room to solicitous strangers with unknown motivations. Fortunately, our brains are well equipped to evaluate the quality of the evidence we use to make decisions, usually allowing us to act deliberately, without jumping to conclusions. Now,…
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Cancer researcher Madeleine Oudin has been named a New Innovator by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Tiampo Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts, Oudin earned the honor for her research into a critical pathway to tumor growth. The award totals $2.3 million over five years. “This award will allow the lab to explore…
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Philip Kranzusch, PhD of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has received the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The prestigious award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators pursuing highly innovative research with the potential for broad impact in biomedical, behavioral, or social sciences. Kranzusch, a Principal Investigator in the Cancer Immunology and Virology Department at Dana-Farber…
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New research has yielded the strongest evidence yet that irisin, a hormone discovered by Dana-Farber’s Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, that is produced in the body by muscular exercise, can by itself improve cognitive functions and potentially reverse some of the memory-destroying effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Reporting in the journal Nature Metabolism, Spiegelman and co-authors from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) show in a series of animal…
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In the summer of 2021, after several US states introduced legislation to limit or criminalize gender-affirming care for trans people, Delia Sosa created “Nonbinary Bodies,” a digital art piece that features a simple, handwritten message: “Nonbinary bodies are still bodies.” As a trans nonbinary person, Sosa is acutely aware of how difficult it is for many trans and nonbinary people…
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Leveraging Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) existing strengths in leading edge biomedical research and extraordinary patient care, BIDMC leadership launched a new initiative designed to speed up the discovery of novel treatments and advance personalized medicine. Known as Translational Research Hubs, these interdisciplinary research communities will maximize collaboration among researchers and clinicians and will focus on therapeutic areas that…
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