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May 13, 2013

When a national organization of genetic specialists took a stab at clarifying one of the biggest issues facing the integration of DNA sequencing into medicine in March, the bold guidelines seemed destined to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy. Robert C. Green, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

May 12, 2013

A patient and his extended family have joined an extraordinary federal research project that is using genetic sequencing to find factors that increase the risk of heart disease beyond the usual suspects — high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. Robert C. Green, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

May 12, 2013

As much a product of an agricultural childhood as he was of his medical training, Dr. Walter S. Kerr Jr. brought a fix-it inquisitiveness to his work as a urologist, crafting innovative approaches to surgery that he passed on to generations of students. Kerr, HMS clinical professor of surgery, emeritus, at Massachusetts General Hospital, died on March 31 at the age of 96.

May 11, 2013

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, whose research led to a new understanding of infant and child development, turned 95 on Friday. Having tended to the needs of countless families for a half-century, the Cambridge resident and Harvard Medical School professor emeritus has turned his attention to his own upbringing.

May 9, 2013

Low cognition hinders U.S. seniors' Medicare choices and it calls into question potential effectiveness of a Medicare voucher system, researchers say. J. Michael McWilliams, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, is the senior author of the study.

May 9, 2013

Heidi Harbison Kimberly, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mark Gebhardt, the Frederic W. and Jane M. Ilfeld Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at HMS and chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are HMS physicians who played a role in the Boston Marathon day events. They are also musicians who play in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, an elite ensemble that draws most of its performers from Boston’s medical community.

May 9, 2013

A team of Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have discovered a protein that circulates in blood that can turn old hearts young, causing a mouse’s heart that has thickened and enlarged with age to revert back to a more youthful state. Richard T. Lee, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Amy Wagers, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and the Joslin Diabetes Center, were leaders of the study.

May 9, 2013

Today, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced its new class of investigators—scientists whose salaries, benefits, and research budgets are fully covered for five years. Vamsi Mootha, HMS professor of systems biology at Massachusetts General Hospital; David Reich, HMS professor of genetics; Johannes Walter, HMS professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology; and Rachel Wilson, HMS professor of neurobiology, were selected as 2013 HHMI investigators.



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