Turning Science Into Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital is improving patient care and the understanding of human disease through an impressive range of basic, translational and clinical research.

Turning Science Into Medicine

Mass General has the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. Explore some of our current research projects and recent milestones in cancer, AIDS, genetics, transplantation, schizophrenia and basic research.


Find more information below about current research projects and recent milestones featured in the slideshow.

Imaging: 3D Mammography

A New Dimension in Breast Imaging
Pioneered at Mass General, 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, produces a 3D view of breast tissue to improve breast-cancer screening and detection while reducing callbacks and anxiety for women.

Cancer: Genotyping and Smart Drugs

A Smarter Way to Treat Cancer
Armed with tiny pills and a growing library of cancer-causing mutations, the Cancer Center is paving the way to personalized medicine.

HIV/AIDS: Finding a Vaccine

Unraveling the Mysteries of AIDs
Small protein changes may make a big difference in natural HIV control.

Basic Science: The 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Nobel Laureate, Scientific Pioneer
Mass General's Jack Szostak, PhD, awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Organ Transplantation: Ending Lifelong Dependence on Drugs

Conquering Organ Rejection
Breakthrough procedure avoids lifelong dependence on drugs.

Cancer: Early Detection Using a Simple Blood Test

A New Milestone in the Fight Against Cancer
Landmark grant from Stand Up to Cancer accelerates CTC-chip research led by the Cancer Center.

Basic Science: Reprogramming Cells

Reprogrammed Cells "Remember," Retain Characteristics of Their Cells of Origin
Cellular memory may both benefit and complicate future uses, vanishes with long-term culturing.

Psychiatry: The Genetics of Schizophrenia

Large Study Uncovers Surprisingly Diverse Genome Alterations That Contribute to Schizophrenia
Rare chromosomal abnormalities of all types elevate risk of developing devastating psychiatric disorder.

Basic Science: MicroRNA

Tiny Molecules, Vast Potential
MicroRNAs revolutionize our understanding of gene regulation.

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