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Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Featured In Digestive Health

By studying the stability of the structure and function of the fecal microbiome, gastroenterologists at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to determine which features of the microbiome might represent diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers.

Featured In Neuroscience

Brain tumors are difficult to treat because the brain has natural barriers that can resist therapy. In this video, Bakhos Tannous, PhD, discusses his research on the effects of using stem-like cells to treat brain tumors in hopes to deliver more effective treatment.

Featured In Cardiovascular

A history of sternotomy is a risk factor for worse survival after cardiac transplantation, cardiac surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital determined after reviewing nationwide data.

Featured In OB/GYN

Evidence from a pilot study suggests that maternal obesity primes macrophages in the fetal brain and placenta to overrespond to immune challenge. Male fetuses may be more vulnerable to this proinflammatory priming.

Featured In Urology

Genitourinary pathologists at Massachusetts General Hospital are the first to demonstrate that PD-L1 expression is highly prevalent in prostate tumor-associated nerves. Such nerves may represent an important target for immunotherapy regimens.

The Latest Digestive Health Advances

Using data from the prospective Nurses Health Study II, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center have found that a moderate amount of television watching is associated with greater risk of developing colorectal cancer before age 50.

The Center for the Study of IBD at Massachusetts General Hospital is leading research to understand how the microbiome influences health and disease.

Contributing Physicians

Program Director, Gastroenterology Training Program, Physician, Mass General Cancer Center

Andrew Chan, MD, MPH

Chief, Gastrointestinal Unit, Director, Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Advances Specialties


In a retrospective study, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found evidence of a lower risk of myocarditis among cancer patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy who have been vaccinated against influenza.


In this video, Eve Valera, PhD, discusses her work to better understand the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in women who have experienced intimate partner violence and how TBIs impact victims' everyday cognitive and physiological functioning.


Hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon Jesse Jupiter, MD, is focused on developing new surgical approaches for fractures. With new treatment methods, he hopes to treat fractures with less invasive surgery to increase mobility and improve function.

Education & Training Opportunities

April 26-27, 2019

Diagnosis, prevention, and the care provided to individuals with Alzheimer's disease are greatly influenced by socioeconomic and cultural factors. Statistics suggest that the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is greater in Latinos compared to Caucasians. This symposium will raise awareness and will provide empirical evidence about best practices for preventing, diagnosing and caring for Latino individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

April 12, 2019

People with mental illness are often not seen. Being invisible contributes to dying earlier and more frequently from cancer. We need to open our eyes and work together to bridge the divide between cancer and mental health to save lives and decrease suffering. Share your unique perspective as we work together to increase access to cancer care for all people affected by mental illness and their caregivers. Together, we can build a coalition with the power to save lives and decrease suffering for people affected by mental illness and cancer.

Clinical Trials

In Neuroscience

If you are a mother who has experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis within the past ten years, you could help us to better understand this serious disorder.

In Cardiovascular

Elevations in a hormone may be linked to abnormal blood flow, inflammation, and plaque in the heart. This study will evaluate whether blocking the hormone will improve cardiovascular disease in HIV individuals using heart imaging studies.