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A Celebration of Science at MGH

For 200 years, MGH has been expanding the field of biomedical research. This special issue celebrates the latest discoveries, insights and leaps of faith.

  • The Brain
    Seeing is understanding as researchers study and compare ever more detailed images, some taken at the verge of consciousness, to solve mysteries of the mind and seek cures for its worst disorders.

  • Infectious Diseases
    Though a vaccine for
    AIDS may soon be within reach, cholera, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other pathogens remain scourges—and the focus of intensive research.

  • Genetics
    Linking genes to diseases and devising therapies to treat them has preoccupied medicine for years. Now, crunching ever more data, science may finally realize the potential of that approach.

  • Cancer
    The best surgery, radiation and drugs often can’t stop the growth of malignant cells or prevent fatal metastases. But new therapies, targeting molecular abnormalities, are showing remarkable results.

  • The Engineered Body
    When the human machine breaks down, fixes may be ingeniously mechanical, using invented materials to create wear-free joints, and microelectrodes to translate thought into action.

  • Transplantation
    After many decades of pro-
    gress, replace-
    ment organs remain scarce and rejection all too likely. But gentler immuno-
    suppression now—and non-
    human donors in the not-so-distant future—could help.

  • Molecular Biology
    It’s the most basic of science, modeling how microscopic bits of life—enzymes, proteins, stem cells—
    operate, com-
    municate and malfunction. The latest work underlies many of medicine’s advances.


Forward Looking
More than just a hospital, MGH is one of America’s leaders in biomedical research, as Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana explain. // More


Ideas to Innovation
From AIDS to cancer, MGH clinicians and researchers are trying to solve some of the biggest questions in medical science. // More

lab notes

The Legacy of
Ward 4

MGH’s clinical research center created the model for the NIH to open similar facilities across the country. // More

Research Central As the scope of its research has expanded, so has MGH’s campus. // More

Two Centuries of Discovery In the lab and at the bedside, MGH scientists have produced these remarkable breakthroughs. // More

Anesthesia’s Maiden Voyage MGH’s use of ether to sedate a patient was a seminal moment in medical history. // More

MGH and the Nobel Prize The highest honor science has been bestowed upon 10 of the hospital’s researchers and alumni. //  More

The Research Engine With numerous patents, discoveries and grants, MGH drives innovation. // More


Course of Treatment
Victoria Reggie Kennedy explains how medical research is part of an innate American desire to strive for greatness. // More

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