March 14, 2017

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center 2nd Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program

The Massachusetts LIfe Sciences Center ( has announced a grant program that seeks to increase industry-sponsored research and facilitate access to scientific discoveries and inventions that will lead to beneficial medical applications.

Investigators at non-profit Massachusetts-based research institutions are eligible to apply for funding of up to $250,000 per year over 2 years, provided they have secured an industry sponsor (that has a presence in Massachusetts) for the research that will match funds on a 1:1 basis.

The deadline for submitting applications is noon on January 28, 2011.

More information regarding the grant program is attached.


March 14, 2017

2011 Massachusetts ADRC/Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Call for Applications: Neurodegenerative Disease Pilot Study Grant Program

The Massachusetts ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center have joined forces to fund the best novel ideas for pilot projects aimed at understanding and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.  Together, we are pleased to announce a joint call for pilot study applications from investigators within the Harvard community.  Grants with a dollar value up to $30,000 (direct costs) will be awarded for the duration of one-year.  A total of $180,000 is available.

We strongly encourage investigators to examine the shared resources and core facilities available within the ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and to develop applications that make use of these facilities. AD-related projects are also encouraged to be aware of, and utilize data available from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) ( if appropriate.

Applications will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, novelty and the value of the project in obtaining preliminary data that could lead to sponsored research (investigator-initiated R01 research grants, career development awards, industry or foundation support).  Availability of appropriate facilities and the technical ability to carry out the project are fundamental.  Clinical projects as well as basic research will be considered.  Priority will be given first to junior investigators, then to senior investigators who are new to neurodegenerative disease research, and finally, to established investigators with a new line of investigation that lacks funding.  Use of NeuroDiscovery Center cores and ADRC cores is strongly encouraged.

More information on the program is attached.

March 14, 2017

2011 Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Charles A. King Trust will award two-year grants in the basic science and clinical/health services research beginning on July 1, 2011.  This grant is only available for researchers at Massachusetts institutions.

The funding period will be from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, and fellowships will range from $43,500 - $51,000 annually, which is inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance.

More information on eligibility, application guidelines and terms of the award are attached.


March 14, 2017

2011 Massachusetts General Hospital Call for Preliminary Applications: The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Program in Aging

The objective of The Ellison Medical Foundation ( New Scholars Program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging.

The New Scholars Program is by invitation only and MGH may nominate two candidates from among preliminary applicants. Nominated candidates will prepare a full online application for receipt by the Ellison Medical Foundation by Thursday, February 24, 2011. The four-year award is for $400,000. Applications must be emailed to

More information regarding the program is attached.

March 14, 2017

American Federation for Aging Research: 2011 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

A partnership program between the American Federation for Aging Research, the Roslinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, and the Diane and Guildford Glazer Foundation is announcing the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease to support junior investigators in the US and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences.

Projects in basic and translational research related to Alzheimer's disease, and those that focus on healthy brain aging are especially encouraged.

Five awards of $100,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is December 15, 2010.


March 14, 2017

Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Ranked on U.S. News National Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the founders of Partners HealthCare, have again ranked among the nation's top hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. MGH ranked third nationally, while BWH ranked eleventh. This achievement makes Boston the only city in the United States with two hospitals on the Honor Roll. In all, four Partners HealthCare hospitals earned high rankings in the report.

"Our mission is to deliver high quality care, conduct life-saving research, support the health needs of our community and educate the health care professionals of tomorrow," said Partners President and CEO Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. "Our mission has enabled Partners to attract some of the brightest scientific minds and most compassionate clinicians to the region. Only through their dedication can we deliver this level of excellence to patients in Massachusetts and set Boston apart as the only city in the U.S. with two hospitals to earn this distinction."
Partners hospitals also scored well in the individual specialties rankings, rating among the top ten in 15 of the 16 fields.


March 14, 2017

National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer's Association Lead Effort to Update Diagnostic Criteria for Alzheimer' Disease

Scientists at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) today presented the first draft reports from three workgroups convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to update the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease for the first time in 25 years.

The current criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's were established by a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders  Association (ADRDA) workgroup in 1984. These criteria were almost universally adopted and have been useful; they have survived intact without modification for more than 25 years. However, experts note, the field has evolved to a great extent since then.

"Important scientific discoveries have been made in Alzheimer's, and there have been significant changes in our knowledge and conception of the disease," said Creigton H. Phelps, PhD, Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. "The NIA and the Alzheimer's Association, after consultation with the Alzheimer's scientific and medical community, concluded that the diagnostic criteria may need to be revised to incorporate scientific advances...

March 14, 2017

Harvard/MIT Joint Research Grants Program in Basic Neuroscience

A new joint research grants program in the basic neuroscience to support collaborative research in the Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) communities has just been announced by the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center.  Applications covering the spectrum of basic neuroscience research will be considered.

A minimum of two laboratories are invited to apply for a 2-year grant, for a total of $100,000 per year, and preference will be given to teams that have not worked previously together. Award will provide salary support (typically, a post-doctoral fellow or graduate student) and equipment/supplies cost.

The due date for the application is August 27, 2010, and awards are expected to commence in October 2010.

More information regarding the grant program is attached.

March 14, 2017

The Drama of Real-Life Unfolding Inside the Nation's Best Hospitals

Boston Med picks up where the Peabody Award-winning Hopkins left off, going even deeper into the lives of caregivers and the cutting edge medical cases they confront inside the walls of America's top hospitals. In this original eight-hour series, the unforgettable stories of doctors, nurses and patients are adeptly woven to give each hour the pace and intensity of a drama. Whether it's the young resident in crisis doubting that she's good enough to become a Harvard-trained doctor, or the deployed soldier's pregnant wife praying for a miracle surgery to save her baby, Boston Med is sure to touch your heart.

Filmed over four months at Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, and Children's Hospital Boston, this powerfully real series breaks new ground in the documentary landscape. Meet the charismatic Hollywood producer before either he or the filmmakers realize that, through a twist of fate, his face will be transplanted onto a Vietnam veteran badly scarred in an accident. The second face transplant performed in this country and the first anywhere to be so extensively filmed, this operation involved two dozen surgeons and up to a hundred additional doctors and nurses. It's a stunning example of both the high caliber medicine and the unprecedented and unique access captured by the filmmakers in Boston Med.

March 14, 2017

NIH-Supported Study Looks for Earliest Changes in the Brain That May Lead to Alzheimer's Disease

Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with the very earliest complaints of memory problems that affect their daily activities. The study will follow participants over time, using imaging techniques developed to advance research into changes taking place in the structure and function of the living brain, as well as biomarker measures found in blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the NIH Office of the Director are funding the $24 million, two-year Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Grand Opportunity (ADNI-GO) study. Researchers seek to recruit 200 volunteers between the ages of 55 and 90 who may be transitioning from normal cognitive aging to an early stage of amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a condition that may progress to Alzheimer's disease. Participants may volunteer at 51 sites across the United States.