Brigham and Boston Children’s Team Performs North America’s First In-Utero Brain Surgery to Fix Deadly Condition

After having three children, Kenyatta Coleman was no stranger to weird pregnancy symptoms. But when she…

May 18, 2023

Brigham Takes on Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The COVE (Coronavirus Efficacy) study will enroll 30,000 participants at trial sites nationwide, including four locations at the Brigham, to evaluate mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate manufactured by Cambridge pharmaceutical company Moderna, Inc.

July 29, 2020

Wave of Innovation Occurs in the Fight Against COVID-19

With expertise that spans basic, translational and clinical research, Brigham clinicians and investigators have been working tirelessly to address the most urgent needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 26, 2020
Nancy Donovan

Study: Widowhood Accelerates Cognitive Decline Among Older Adults

The death of a spouse often means the loss of intimacy, companionship and everyday support for older adults. A new Brigham-led study finds that widowhood can have another profound effect: It may accelerate cognitive decline.

March 5, 2020

Study: Skin Cancer Risk Varies Among Sexual Minorities

In the largest study to date of skin cancer rates among gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals, a team of Brigham investigators found important differences in skin cancer prevalence among sexual minorities in the United States.

February 13, 2020

Study Shows High Rate of Antibiotics Prescribed Without Office Visit

A new nationwide study led by investigators at the Brigham found that more than a quarter of antibiotic prescriptions dispensed to Medicaid recipients were not associated with a clinician visit.

February 6, 2020

Brigham Researchers Identify New Gene Linked to Male Infertility

In a discovery 20 years in the making, Brigham investigators have uncovered a genetic abnormality that may be responsible for some unexplained cases of male infertility. 

January 9, 2020

Brigham Bioengineers Developing Once-a-Month Oral Contraceptive

A team led by investigators from the Brigham and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is designing a new type of capsule that could deliver an oral contraceptive that only needs to be taken once a month, helping improve adherence and reducing the risk of unplanned pregnancy.

December 12, 2019
Dr. Suzuki speaking into microphone

Celebrating Research at Discover Brigham

On Nov. 7, members of the community interested in learning about the innovative research happening at the Brigham were invited to Discover Brigham for a full day of live demonstrations, speakers and scientific sessions.

November 14, 2019

Study: Genetic Abnormalities May Explain Recurrent Miscarriages

When a couple loses a pregnancy, and especially when the same couple loses multiple pregnancies, doctors are often at a loss to explain why. For about 40 to 60 percent of couples who experience recurrent miscarriages, the condition remains unexplained, even after costly testing.

November 7, 2019

Study: How Measles Wipes Out the Body’s Immune Memory

Over the last decade, evidence has mounted that the measles vaccine protects in not one but two ways: Not only does it prevent the well-known acute illness that frequently sends children to the hospital, but it also appears to protect the body from other infections over the long term.

October 31, 2019
William G. Kaelin Jr.

Kaelin Wins 2019 Nobel Prize for Discovering How Cells Sense Oxygen

Early Monday morning, William G. Kaelin Jr., MD, a physician-scientist at the Brigham, received one of the most thrilling calls a scientist can get. The call from Stockholm revealed that Kaelin had been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. 

October 7, 2019
Senior leaders and scientists from Bayer, Brigham Health, Mass General and Partners HealthCare celebrate the new lab’s launch.

Joint Lab Will Pursue New Treatments for Chronic Lung Diseases

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and global pharmaceutical company Bayer announced the launch of a joint lab to research new drug candidates to treat chronic lung diseases.

September 26, 2019
Terrie Inder

Study: Can Pomegranate Juice Protect the Newborn Brain?

When it comes to keeping the newborn brain healthy, mitigating risk before birth may be critical. Brigham clinical researchers are exploring if a mother’s pomegranate juice intake during pregnancy can have a protective effect.

August 29, 2019

Partners Biobank Surpasses 100,000 Participants

Kristine Trudeau enrolled in the Partners HealthCare Biobank knowing she wanted to help advance medicine and potentially save lives. She never thought that her participation would eventually save her life, too.

August 8, 2019
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Q&A with Mallika Mendu, MD: A New Day for Kidney Health

On July 10, the White House announced an executive order to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, an initiative to improve the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease, expand options for patients and reduce health care costs.

July 25, 2019

Study: Radiation Treatment Increases Cardiac Risk for Lung Cancer Patients

As advances in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) extend patients’ lives, more of these patients are facing a different threat: adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and heart failure.

July 11, 2019
From left: Sarah Thompson, Catherine Masse and Maureen Tapper discuss their research during a poster presentation.

Karsh Nursing Scholars Day ‘Pitch Fest’ Spotlights Nurse Innovators

Following a high-energy pitch session before a live audience in Bornstein Amphitheater, two teams of nurses were named the winners of the inaugural Karsh Nursing Scholars Day “Pitch Fest” and received funding for novel initiatives designed to enhance care and the patient experience.

June 6, 2019
Clinical Trials Day

Research Community Celebrates Discovery on Clinical Trials Day

In honor of Clinical Trials Day on May 20, faculty and staff from across the Brigham participated in a national campaign paying tribute to scientific advances propelled by clinical trials and raising awareness about career paths in clinical research.

May 23, 2019
Vesela Kovacheva snuggles with her oldest daughter, Kalina, moments after her birth at the Brigham.

OB Anesthesiologist Taps into Technology for Safer C-Sections

As an obstetric anesthesiologist and a mother of two daughters, Vesela Kovacheva, MD, PhD, of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, has a keen understanding of what many of her patients experience during childbirth.

May 16, 2019
Sam Patz

Study Details New Way to Measure Millisecond Changes in Brain Function

The speed of the human brain is remarkable — in a fraction of a second, neurons are activated in response to stimuli. The speed at which we can follow brain function using an MRI has not been as impressive, but Brigham investigators hope to change that.

April 25, 2019
From left: Ann Woolley and Peter Bucciarelli

Hepatitis C-Infected Hearts and Lungs Safely Transplanted

Bucciarelli is one of 35 patients who are thriving after participating in the DONATE HCV Trial, which studied whether thoracic organs (heart or lung) from donors infected with hepatitis C could be safely transplanted to recipients who did not have the virus.

April 4, 2019
Front: Meir Stampfer and Francine Grodstein at the study’s biorepository. Back: Caitlin Barrows removes samples from a nitrogen freezer. (Photo by Stu Rosner)

After 4 Decades, Nurses’ Health Study Remains a Research Treasure Trove

Much of the health advice we hear today stems from a single source: the Nurses’ Health Study.

March 21, 2019
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Study: Smoking Cessation May Reduce Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can those who quit smoking delay or prevent RA, or have they permanently altered their risk of the disease?

March 7, 2019