Discovery

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.

Roughly two miles away, the SpaceX Falcon9 rocket stood on Space Launch Complex 40 ready to launch the Dragon spacecraft. Among two Read more about Student science rendezvous in space

Harvard scientists report on novel method for extending the life of implantable devices in situ

April 13, 2016

New approach offers promise for long-term efficacy

by Kelly Lawman, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Blood-contacting implantable medical devices, such as stents, heart valves, ventricular assist devices, and extracorporeal support systems, as well as vascular grafts and access catheters, are used worldwide to improve patients’ lives. However, these devices are prone to failure due to the body’s responses at the blood-material interface; clots can form and inflammatory reactions can prevent the device from performing as indicated. Currently, Read more about Harvard scientists report on novel method for extending the life of implantable devices in situ