Founded more than 40 years ago and still the longest-standing collaboration between Harvard and MIT, HST is one of the oldest and largest biomedical engineering and physician-scientist training programs in the United States. From the beginning, HST pioneered a new way of thinking about the very processes that govern life and disease, breaking down barriers that impede interdisciplinary education and collaborative research. It has created an environment that brings innovation from the laboratory bench to the bedside, and returns clinical insight back from the bedside to the bench. Recognized as a pioneer in interdisciplinary education at the intersection of science, engineering, and medicine, HST is committed to educating outstanding minds, creating knowledge, and generating preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic innovations dedicated to ameliorating suffering and advancing human health.
Established in 1811, MGH is the original teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. With an annual research budget of more than $350 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, cutaneous biology, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, transplantation biology and photomedicine, MGH operates the largest collection of hospital-based research programs in the United States.
Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) is an NIH-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) based at Partners HealthCare System in Boston, Mass. The i2b2 Center is developing a scalable informatics framework that will bridge clinical research data and the vast data banks arising from basic science research in order to better understand the genetic basis of complex diseases. This knowledge will facilitate the design of targeted therapies for individual patients with diseases having genetic origins. The i2b2 is funded as a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health.