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NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli Talks Rebuilding Public Health Trust Post-Covid

Former Harvard Medical School professor Monica M. Bertagnolli spoke about the need to restore trust in public health after beginning as National Institutes of Health director in November.


Dana-Farber to Retract 6 Papers, Correct 31 Following Data Manipulation Claims

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute initiated retractions or corrections to 37 papers authored by four senior researchers following allegations of data falsification, according to a DFCI research integrity officer Sunday.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.


External Panel Urges Harvard to Implement Internal Policies, Improve Tracking for Anatomical Gift Program

An external panel released recommendations for changes to Harvard Medical School’s Anatomical Gift Program Thursday morning, nearly six months after its morgue manager was accused of stealing organs and other parts of cadavers donated for medical research.


Health Care Experts Discuss Public Engagement at Harvard Clinical Ethics Consortium

Three medical experts discussed the ethics of public engagement in health care policy decision-making at the Harvard Clinical Ethics Consortium last Friday.


HMS Study Finds Abortion Restrictions May Increase Number of Children in Foster Case

A study conducted by affiliates from Harvard Medical School found a significant relationship between abortion restrictions and the number of children in the foster care system.


Harvard Medical School-Affiliated Researchers Find One in Five on Paxlovid Experience Covid-19 Rebound

Harvard Medical School-affiliated researchers published research on Nov. 14 showing that one in five patients who used the antiviral drug Paxlovid experienced a rebound case of Covid-19, compared to 2 percent of patients who did not use the drug.


NIH Awards Grants to Eight Harvard Med Researchers for ‘High Risk, High Reward’ Research

Eight researchers affiliated with Harvard Medical School were awarded the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program grants, the agency announced last month.


Harvard University Launches Center for Suicide Research and Prevention with Mass. General

Researchers at Harvard Medical School partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to launch the Center for Suicide Research and Prevention in August.


Harvard Medical School and Oxford Researchers Develop AI Tool to Predict Virus Evolution

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford have developed an artificial intelligence tool called EVEscape that can predict how a virus will evolve to become a new variant, according to an HMS press release Wednesday.


Buyer of Human Remains Stolen from Harvard Medical School Morgue Pleads Guilty

A Pennsylvania man who bought cadavers that were donated to Harvard Medical School pleaded guilty to conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property on Thursday, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.


Harvard Medical School Pushes Expected Conclusion of Morgue Report to October

Harvard Medical School has pushed the expected timeline for a report on its Anatomical Gifts Program — whose former morgue manager was indicted for stealing and selling human remains — from the “end of summer” to October.


Two New Harvard Medical School Employees Named in Class Action Lawsuit Over Mishandling of Human Remains

In an amended complaint filed last month, Harvard Medical School Anatomical Gift Program managers Mark F. Cicchetti and Tracey Fay were added as defendants in a class action lawsuit over alleged mishandling of donated human remains at the HMS morgue.


Harvard Hit with Multiple New Class Action Lawsuits Over Former Morgue Manager’s Mishandling of Human Remains

Families affected by the mishandling of human remains donated to Harvard Medical School filed two more class-action lawsuits earlier this month against the University.


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