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Researchers develop new class of antibiotics to fight leading superbugs

March 29, 2018

In a significant advance against drug-resistant superbugs, investigators supported by the Harvard-wide Program on Antibiotic Resistance have identified a new class of synthetic antibiotics that have been shown to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus. The newly discovered antibiotics could one day help treat deadly infections caused by these superbugs.

The research group, which included Michael Gilmore, PhD, Sir William Osler Professor of...

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Mass. Eye and Ear performs first FDA-approved gene therapy procedure for inherited disease

March 20, 2018

Boston, Mass. — Massachusetts Eye and Ear made medical history on Tuesday by performing the first post-FDA approval gene therapy for patients with a form of inherited blindness. The occasion marks the beginning of a new era in medicine, as it is the first time any FDA-approved gene therapy has been given to a patient for any inherited disease.

The treatment, commercially identified as Luxturna, was developed by Spark Therapeutics and ...

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Scientists, Advocates Team Up to Launch Odylia Therapeutics to Accelerate Gene Therapy Trials for Rare Conditions Causing Blindness

March 7, 2018

New nonprofit organization will bring treatments to clinical trial for people at risk for blindness due to ultra-rare inherited retinal diseases.

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Boston, Mass. — Scientists and advocates today announced the formation of ...

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Billy Xiaoyi Pan, MD, named Richard J. Simmons and Ruthanne B. Simmons Glaucoma Fellow

February 23, 2018

Billy Xiaoyi Pan, MD, has been named the 2017-2018 Richard J. Simmons and Ruthanne B. Simmons Glaucoma Fellow in the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology. This annual award was established in 2011 in recognition of two glaucoma physicians who were Harvard Ophthalmology graduates: the late Dr. Ruthanne Simmons and her father Dr. Richard Simmons, a generous supporter of Mass. Eye and Ear and the ...

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Eli Peli, MSc, OD, to receive 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

February 21, 2018

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, is the recipient of the 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School. He will receive the award during a ceremony at Harvard Medical School on April 30, 2018.

The Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award was established to recognize faculty from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM) who have made significant achievements in moving the Schools toward being a...

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Magali Saint-Geniez and Russell Woods champion vision research funding as participants in ARVO/NAEVR Advocacy Day

February 15, 2018

As part of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) Advocacy Day, Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD, and Russell Woods, PhD, two vision researchers from Schepens Eye Research Institute at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Ophthalmology...

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