Cardiovascular 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.

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

Patient stem cells used to make ‘heart disease-on-a-chip’

May 11, 2014

Cross-Harvard collaboration explores new possibilities for personalized medicine

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, as it is working proof that… Read more about Patient stem cells used to make ‘heart disease-on-a-chip’

Long-lasting blood vessels generated from human iPS cells

July 22, 2013

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) succeeded in using reprogrammed human stem cells to make working blood vessels in mice that can survive for as long as nine months. The blood vessels were created with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from the mature skin cells of both healthy adults and individuals with type 1 diabetes.… Read more about Long-lasting blood vessels generated from human iPS cells