Musculoskeletal Disease

Student science rendezvous in space

August 8, 2016

Current and former HIP interns launch research projects on the same rocket

by Hannah L. Robbins

Mosquitos buzzed in the warm, night air at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Half past midnight on July 18, and still the spectators could not detect activity on the launch pad. In the dark, among fellow scientists and students, Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP) intern Michael Liu waited.

An HSCI approach to rhabdomyosarcoma

September 29, 2013

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare childhood cancer that arises in muscle stem cells. Between 250-350 cases are treated each year. The disease most commonly begins as a noticeable swelling in the arms, legs, head, neck, or groin, and is treated by surgical removal of the tumor, as well as chemotherapy or irradiation. Currently, about 80% of patients diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma survive, as the disease is often caught early enough for intervention.