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Study suggests neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship

How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? A small study from a group of MGH researchers contributes to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.. Read more.

News Releases

2/26/15: MGH study identifies neurons that help predict what another individual will do MGH investigators have discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates – one activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.

2/18/15: Protein that repels immune cells protects transplanted pancreatic islets from rejection An approach developed by MGH investigators may provide a solution to the limitations that have kept pancreatic islet transplantation from meeting its promise as a cure for type 1 diabetes.

2/18/15: Study finds physicians less likely than other health professionals to be divorced The largest investigation of divorce rates among physicians has found that physicians are actually less likely to be or to have been divorced than those in other occupations – including lawyers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

2/04/15: MGH team identifies factors predicting infection risk in patients with serious burns A team led by MGH investigators has identified a set of characteristics – including differences in gene expression – that may indicate which patients recovering from severe burns are at greatest risk for repeat infections.

2/04/15: MassGeneral Hospital for Children launches the world’s first Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Clinic The Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Clinic will work with patients and families to further understand, diagnose, and treat Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

2/03/15: MGH/MIT study identifies neurons important for induction of natural REM sleep An MGH/MIT team has found that that activation of cholinergic neurons – those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Media Coverage

02/23/2015: New strategies for anesthesia MIT Spectrum
coverage of the research of MGH investigator Emery Brown

02/23/2015: Singer Naomi Judd to talk about her fight with depression Palm Beach (Fla.) Daily News
mentions singer’s treatment by MGH physician Jerrold Rosenbaum

02/23/2015: Medical Advancements We Can Look Forward to in 2015 Boston Magazine
mentions MGH research study

02/23/2015: Thync shares science behind its brain-zapping wearable BetaBoston
quotes MGH investigator Alik Widge

02/23/2015: Charlestown Community Health Assessment Online Survey Now Available Charlestown Patriot-Bridge
quotes Leslie Aldrich of MGH Center for Community Health Improvement

02/22/2015: Challenge looms for new Partners CEO David Torchiana Boston Globe

02/22/2015: Single mother spreads awareness after her husband dies of rare disease Boston Globe
article quotes MGH physician Bradford Dickerson and focuses on the family of MGH patient