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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 Cardiovascular

Diabetes can cause peripheral artery disease, where blood flow to the legs and feet is reduced. These patients typically have amputations. Mass General researchers, including Anahita Dua, MBChB, MBA, MSc, are using a new, cutting-edge procedure to direct oxygenated blood to the foot, reducing the need for amputation.

Featured In Endocrinology

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers conducted a study analyzing bone health in young individuals with and without type 1 diabetes. They found that individuals with diabetes who exercised less had worse markers of bone health compared to those without diabetes.

Featured In Orthopaedics

Massachusetts General Hospital's Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab (FARIL) and the SORG Research Group have combined their diverse, international teams to conduct clinical research and develop medical devices and AI-based clinical decision support tools for use in the field of orthopedic surgery and beyond.

Featured In Neuroscience

Carolyn McDonald, DNP, developed a novel, web-based curriculum—Moving through Miscarriage—aimed at increasing the confidence levels of medical professionals caring for patients experiencing miscarriages. She's presenting her research at the upcoming 36th annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association convention.

Featured In Pulmonary and Critical Care

In a first-in-human trial conducted by Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD, and colleagues, a multidrug-eluting microdevice implanted intraoperatively into non-small cell lung tumors proved safe and feasible for in situ chemotherapeutic sensitivity testing and was reliably removable by pathologists.

The Latest Geriatrics Advances

Bethany-Rose Daubman, MD, Mark Stoltenberg, MD, MPH, MA, and colleagues designed an advanced diploma course in palliative care (PC) in Chile that improved participants' PC knowledge, behaviors, and self-efficacy and leveraged the train-the-trainer model to increase PC educational leadership in Latin America.

As older patients in minority populations can be particularly disadvantaged in healthcare, the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is working to generate research that reduces these disparities. Unit Chief Margarita Alegría, PhD, discusses how her team improves care for these populations.

Contributing Physicians

Director of Research, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Director, Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Christine Ritchie

Chief, Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jackson

Advances Specialties


David L. Perez, MD, MMSc, Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, and colleagues recently reviewed the theory of constructed emotion and posit that deficits in the brain's predictive process of constructing emotion categories are integral to the pathogenesis of functional neurological disorder.


Janna van den Kieboom, MD, Young-Min Kwon, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Bioengineering Lab observed a 43% overall failure rate and 35% reinfection rate in patients who underwent two-stage revision hip/knee total joint arthroplasty as a salvage procedure for deep infection of periarticular fracture internal fixation.

Pulmonary and Critical Care

Efren J. Flores, MD, and colleagues scrutinized 257 websites that publicized lung cancer screening programs and found that only 48% mentioned radiologists or radiology as a specialty, and only 14% represented radiologists in images or videos, despite the key roles of radiologists in lung cancer screening.

Education & Training Opportunities

December 2, 2022

Co-directed by Massachusetts General Hospital leading experts, this one-day live virtual CME course on December 2, 2022, provides the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment for aortic aneurysms, chronic aortic disease, aortic dissection, and other acute aortic syndromes. The comprehensive sessions will cover patient risk factors, evaluation, imaging, and current approaches for initial management and long-term follow-up of patients with aortic disease.

December 6-10, 2022

At the 45th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), leading faculty from the Mass General Cancer Center will join over 10,000 clinicians and scientists from around the world to contribute their latest advancements in breast cancer research.

Clinical Trials

In Neuroscience

The study involves multiple visits over 6 months. You will complete an 8-week stress reduction treatment that includes a medical device worn in the ear and attend MRI and PET scans. You will also complete daily migraine diaries online.

In Cardiovascular

We are seeking individuals who self-identify as having high stress to participate in a randomized study using a mindfulness-based, stress-reduction intervention and PET-MR imaging.