Ragon Institute

Massachusetts General Hospital, Ragon Institute

The Ragon Institute was established in February 2009 at MGH, MIT, and Harvard with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Founded with a commitment of $100 million from Mr. and Mrs. Ragon, the institute is structured and positioned to significantly contribute to a global effort to successfully develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine by: Creating non-traditional partnerships among experts with different but complementary backgrounds; Providing a means for rapidly funding promising studies and emerging concepts in the field; Integrating key facets of current vaccine development efforts that have tended to follow separate tracks ; Providing a substantial pool of accessible, flexible funding that will help lower the threshold for scientists to pursue risky, unconventional avenues of study that are unlikely to attract funding from traditional sources.

Primary Investigator: Galit Alter, Ph.D