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Pressures rising on academic freedom, Harvard panelists say

Pressures rising on academic freedom, Harvard panelists say

March 22, 2018

Academic freedom is an important pillar of open societies, but two panelists worry that aspects of it are now being targeted both globally and in the U.S.

The panelists at Wednesday’s Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, agreed that the struggle to sustain the principle in the near future may be tougher than in the past, but each panelist brought a different slant to the issue.

During the session, called “...

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Gender may play key role in rejection of transplanted organs

March 22, 2018

Men and women who receive donated organs can have different rates of transplant rejection, in some cases influenced by the sex of the donor, according to a new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

The study assesses what is currently known about the influence of biological sex differences, possible mechanisms that may explain discrepancies between rejection rates for male and female recipients, and what questions remain to be explored. Their analysis is published this week in Trends in Immunology.

“In solid organ transplantation, the importance and...

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Cancer treatment gets boost from licensing agreement

Cancer treatment gets boost from licensing agreement

March 21, 2018

Unlike cell-based cancer immunotherapies that manipulate immune cells outside of the body and transferring them into patients, the implantable immuno-material approach activates endogenous immune cells inside a patient’s own body to launch an attack on his or her cancer. The novel technique was developed, incubated, and advanced at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) by...

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Harvard epidemiologist aims to sort fact from fiction on dietary supplements

March 21, 2018

The world of dietary supplements can seem like the Wild West, with the dizzying vitamin alphabet lumped with a lineup of minerals that sound as if they belong in an industrial vat rather than our bodies.

JoAnn Manson, Harvard Medical School’s Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at...

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Drawing inspiration from plants, animals to restore skin tissue

Drawing inspiration from plants, animals to restore skin tissue

March 19, 2018

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed new wound dressings that dramatically accelerate healing and improve tissue regeneration. The two different types of nanofiber dressings, described in separate papers, use proteins that naturally occur in plants and animals to promote healing and regrow tissue.

“Our fiber-manufacturing system was developed specifically for the purpose of...

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Plan approved for Harvard Enterprise Research Campus

Plan approved for Harvard Enterprise Research Campus

March 15, 2018

Harvard’s initial regulatory document for an Enterprise Research Campus (ERC), located a stone’s throw from the rising Allston home of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board on Thursday evening.

The PDA Master Plan approved by the city agency includes details for new infrastructure, streets, and open space supporting an initial 900,000-square-foot, mixed-use development of office and lab space, residential units, and a hotel and conference...

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New technology may offer minimally invasive heart repair

March 15, 2018

A minimally invasive surgical device could fundamentally transform the way doctors correct organ defects. For patients with certain conditions such as a hole in the heart, the device might one day provide a lasting repair without the complications and risks common to more invasive types of surgery.

Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has established a licensing agreement with HoliStick Medical, granting the Paris-based startup exclusive worldwide rights to commercially develop this medical technology co-owned by Harvard,...

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Butterfly wings inspire air-purification improvements

Butterfly wings inspire air-purification improvements

March 15, 2018

Illnesses caused by air pollution are the third-leading cause of death in developing nations, and more than 5 million people worldwide die every year from air pollution exposure. Catalytic converters, the most widely used air-purification devices, convert the toxic gases and pollutants produced by fuel combustion into benign chemicals before the exhaust is released into the atmosphere. However, catalytic converters are very expensive because the catalysts required for the cleaning reactions are precious metals, which account for 70 to 90 percent of the cost of manufacturing the converters...

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R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo elected chief marshal of 367th Commencement

March 15, 2018

Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo ’93 has been elected by her classmates to serve as chief marshal of the alumni at Harvard’s 367th Commencement Exercises on May 24.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my classmates to represent such a distinguished group of alumni. I look forward to reconnecting with this remarkable class and returning to Harvard’s campus,” Raimondo said.

The 25th reunion class has selected the chief marshal from among its ranks since 1899. In addition to leading the afternoon alumni procession into Tercentenary Theatre, the chief marshal hosts a lunch for...

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Study finds sniffing sweetheart’s sweaty T-shirt may lower stress

March 14, 2018

Are you anxious about an upcoming job interview, public speaking engagement, or any other high-pressure workplace situation? Here’s a weird but now research-supported tip: Try taking a whiff of your sweetheart’s sweaty T-shirt.

A recent experimental study finds that the mere scent of a romantic partner can lower psychological and physiological stress levels, even when that partner isn’t physically present. Moreover, the scent of a stranger increases stress levels, according to the study, “Olfactory Cues from Romantic Partners and Strangers Influence Women’s Responses to Stress,”...

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