March 14, 2017

Call for Applications: 2015 Neurodegenerative Diseases Pilot Study Grants Program

The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (“MADRC”) and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center (“HNDC”) are co-funding 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, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions.

Grants with a dollar value up to $40,000 (direct costs) will be awarded for the duration of one year.  This award cycle anticipates funding between three and six awards. More information is attached.

Applications due: December 10, 2014

Recipients announced: January 15, 2015

Awards start: April 1, 2015



March 14, 2017

2015 Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Fellowship in Dementia

The Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) is pleased to announce an opening for a two-year Clinical  Fellowship in Dementia at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and related institutions beginning July 1, 2015.

The goal of the non-degree program is to introduce exceptionally-qualified individuals to the successes and demands of a clinical career in dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases, and to provide an unparalleled foundation for potential leadership roles in academic medicine, industry or related fields.

More information is attached.

Fellowship application deadline:  February 1, 2015

March 14, 2017

Call for Applications: 2015-2016 The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory Neuroscience Fellowship Program

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory ( ) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued a Call for Applications for a 1-2 year Collaborative Clinical Neuroscience Fellowship Program for research that will be conducted at the Institute. Among other criteria, applicants must be an MD and/or PhD trainee at a clinical level of 4 years or higher in either the Department of Neurology or Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

More information is attached.

The deadline for the application is November 1, 2014.

March 14, 2017

Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (C.A.R.T.) Grant

The goal of this fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental research on Alzheimer's disease within the U.S. and is for new projects only. Financial support will be provided for the early and conceptual plans of projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to advance biomedical research.

More information may be found at

March 14, 2017

Call for Proposals: Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) invite researchers to apply for grants on research investigating the pathologic mechanisms of neurodegeneration in FTD and related disorders. Grants will be provided for one-year duration (up to $150,000 each) with the possibility of follow-on funding. The deadline date for application for this grant is September 5, 2013.

More information regarding the Call is attached.  Information on other grants announced by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation may also be found at

March 14, 2017

Harvard Medical School (July 17, 2012): Mass General Hospital Ranked No. 1

Mass General, the largest teaching affiliated of Harvard Medical School, has traditionally ranked among the top hospitals in the nation since the survey began in 1990, but this year was the first time the 950-bed medical center unseated Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which has held the top position for the past 21 years. To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty, and the survey ranks hospitals in 16 different care specialties, according to the magazine.

"This recognition is a tribute to the more than 23,000 staff members at Mass General who are dedicated to delivering the hightest quality care to patients and families. Our employees are the ones who have built and shaped Mass General into the extraordinary health care resource it has been for the past 200 years and will continue to be in the future," said Mass General Hosptial President Peter L. Slavin.

March 14, 2017

Call for Proposals: ADDF and the AFTD Invite Scientists to Apply for FTD Biomarker Grants

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) invite scientists from academia and the biotechnology industry worldwide to apply for research grants to develop Frontotemporal Dementia-specified biomarkers that reflect pathological and clinical differences so that appropriate patients can be selected for clinical trials and responses to investigational treatments can be monitored.

More information regarding the Call is attached, and may also be found at

March 14, 2017

Harvard Catalyst Geriatric Depression Working Group and LaUNCH

Are you a researcher with an interest in the area of late-life depression? On February 17, 2011, join a new working group at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions to address gaps in research on geriatric depression for a full-day workshop called LaUNCH, which would include presentations by distinguished investigators and guest speakers.

The Working Group will focus on four different research tracks:

1.  Biomarkers and emerging translational tools

2.  Measurement, including refinements for diverse populations

3.  Comorbid illnesses and management

4.  Prevention and intervention strategies

The full-day LaUNCH workshop will be held at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115) on Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Please contact Amy Webber at 617-432-7810 (email:

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.