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How DARPA Drives Convergence in Healthcare

How DARPA Drives Convergence in Healthcare

In the public, private and academic sectors of the biomedical science community, one modern approach to research — Convergence in Healthcare — garners more interest than others. Described by a 2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whitepaper as a broad, integrative research effort between the chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics and life science sectors,… Continue Reading

Three Powerful Ways to Support Convergence in Healthcare

Three Powerful Ways to Support Convergence in Healthcare

According to leaders at prestigious U.S. universities, American medical research and development is at a crossroads. For more than a century, the U.S. has been a leader in medical innovation, but today the country is struggling to compete with nations embracing the concept of Convergence in Healthcare. As defined in “Convergence: The Future of Health,”… Continue Reading

Five Ways Convergence in Healthcare Could Impact Everyone’s Future

Five Ways Convergence in Healthcare Could Impact Everyone’s Future

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2011 whitepaper first explored the idea of convergence as a powerful tool for the advancement of modern science. With each passing year, professionals from science’s major disciplines explored and commended the advantages presented by a deep integration between the sciences — namely, the promise of unprecedented innovation at a… Continue Reading

This Is How the National Science Foundation Benefits Convergence in Healthcare

This Is How the National Science Foundation Benefits Convergence in Healthcare

In 1950, the U.S. government established the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; [and] to secure the national defense.” Since then, the NSF has, by its own admission, been at the forefront of support for “high risk, high reward” research.… Continue Reading

Why the United States is Lagging in Medical Innovation

Why the United States is Lagging in Medical Innovation

In 2016, a white paper “Convergence: The Future of Health” was published by faculty members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to draw attention to the value and importance of the Convergence in Healthcare movement. In the 73-page report, Convergence in Healthcare is defined as an integrative approach to scientific research that incorporates concepts… Continue Reading

How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

In the report “Convergence: The Future of Health,” academics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other top U.S. universities collaborated to outline the potential impact of the Convergence in Healthcare movement. In this white paper, Convergence in Healthcare is defined as the intersection of the life sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computing and… Continue Reading

This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

Based on data collected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, an American’s lifetime risk of developing cancer at any site in the body is almost 40 percent. The NCI estimates that in 2018, more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States… Continue Reading

The Convergence in Healthcare Timeline

The Convergence in Healthcare Timeline

Convergence in Healthcare is based on a whitepaper produced in 2016 by faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The movement is likely to provide biomedicine with the support necessary to meet a growing global need for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness in humans. The movement is best described as the… Continue Reading

Important Facts about Convergence and the Sciences

Important Facts about Convergence and the Sciences

When top Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists published a whitepaper in 2011 outlining the power of a new research model known as “convergence,” it became one of the first times a research institution had drawn attention to the potential power of this promising movement that could radically change the future of biomedicine. More recently,… Continue Reading

Three Reasons the National Institutes of Health is Crucial to the Future of Convergence

Three Reasons the National Institutes of Health is Crucial to the Future of Convergence

According to the whitepaper “Convergence: The Future of Health” published June 2016, an increasing number of scientists and academics from leading academic institutions believe the third life sciences revolution lies with the advent of Convergence in Healthcare. This movement seeks to bring together professionals from diverse areas of science to innovate the current model of… Continue Reading