Winter 2018

$171M Gives PIF Added Speed and Scale

January 8, 2018

After a decade of success in funding new technologies through the Partners Innovation Fund (PIF), the Partners HealthCare System (PHS) has closed on $171.1 million in new capital for Partners Innovation Fund II. The funds will be used to support the development of new technologies that emerge from the research laboratories in the Partners HealthCare…

Functionally Understanding the Microbiome

January 8, 2018

This is the second article in a series about research related to the human microbiome at Partners’ academic institutions. We talk to Alessio Fasano, MD, Director, Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, MGH. In the past decade, technological advances have shown that what we thought we knew about the human microbiome was only the tip…

Inflammation and Disease: Brigham Breakthrough Rocks CV Community

January 8, 2018

A new analysis seeks to answer the question of which patients are likely to gain the greatest cardiovascular benefit when treated with the anti-inflammatory agent canakinumab. At the 2017 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Paul Ridker, MD, director of the BWH Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention presented the groundbreaking results of his 10,000+ patient study…

Innovation Symposium Series Displays Depth of PHS Faculty Team

January 8, 2018

Energetic audiences approaching 500 registered attendees gathered at the BWH and MGH campuses to attend the first three education sessions offered by Partners HealthCare Innovation. Featuring five unique sessions, the Innovation Symposium Series is focused on helping investigators navigate the commercial innovation lifecycle. Filling The Gap: Translating Your Research via Disease Foundation Support The September…

MassCATS’s Unique Collaborative AD Research

January 8, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be stubbornly difficult to diagnose and treat with six million individuals in the United States now estimated to suffer from it or a similar form of dementia. The problem could only get worse in the next few decades as the rates of those affected and the cost of care are…