Impact at Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School (HMS) is accelerating the pace of therapeutic discovery and supporting initiatives aimed at solving some of humanity’s most acute biomedical challenges thanks to the landmark $200 million commitment from Len Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The largest commitment in the School’s history, it is propelling HMS's mission to transform health through curiosity-driven research that stimulates the development of new therapies and tools to diagnose and prevent disease.

The Blavatnik Commitment to HMS supports four key areas:

Therapeutics Initiative

The HMS Therapeutics Initiative, which is enhancing the impact of fundamental curiosity-driven research and catalyzing the development of new therapies.

Key Update: HMS is developing a complementary suite of programs designed to speed the transition from basic insights in the lab to lifesaving therapies on the clinical frontlines.

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Fertile intellectual communities that integrate data science and artificial intelligence capabilities and applications. 

Key Update: Researchers at HMS and Oxford University have designed an AI tool called EVE (Evolutionary model of Variant Effect), which uses a sophisticated type of machine learning to detect patterns of genetic variation across hundreds of thousands of nonhuman species and then uses them to make predictions about the meaning of variations in human genes.

Collaborative Grants Program

A collaborative grants program that inspires cross-disciplinary research partnerships across the Harvard life sciences ecosystem. 

Key Update: Now in their second year, the 2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards grants have been awarded to projects researching fatal telomere diseases, congenital deafness-and-blindess syndromes, blood disorders, and skeletal conditions. 

Blavatnik Harvard Life Lab The Blavatnik Harvard Life Lab at Longwood, which will provide incubator space for early-stage, high-potential biotech startups.

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Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School

In recognition of this commitment, HMS named the Blavatnik Institute—an umbrella research institute that encompasses the School’s 11 basic and social science departments. Led by HMS Dean George Q. Daley, the Blavatnik Institute is home to world-class faculty working to solve the greatest problems of human health through fundamental and translational biomedical science research.

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  • Scent of a Human

    May 3, 2022

    When construction wraps up, Josefina del Mármol's new laboratory on the Harvard Medical School campus will look a lot like those that surround it, with rows of benches sporting chemicals, glassware, and computers. What will set it apart are the… Read More

  • Prehistory Twist

    Mar 22, 2022

    DNA analyses of ancient individuals buried in what is now Belize have introduced a plot twist to the story of how hunting and gathering transitioned to farming in Mesoamerica. Get more HMS news here Until now, a mainstream view in archaeology has… Read More

  • Tiny Hero, Big Map

    Mar 9, 2022

    An international research team has completed an atlas of every cell found in adult fruit flies, one of the most important animal models in science and medicine. The vast dataset, named Tabula Drosophilae—for Drosophila melanogaster, the Latin… Read More

  • Hoist with Its Own Petard

    Feb 21, 2022

    This article is part of Harvard Medical School’s continuing coverage of COVID-19. Scientists have discovered a possible new way to fight COVID-19 by turning part of SARS-CoV-2 against itself. This new strategy shows promise in mice and in human… Read More