Frequently Asked Questions

Medical professionals, patients and others interested can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program. Learn more about the importance of the MAST program and how you can get involved.

Why is a program like MAST important?

In the history of development of new healthcare technologies, pharmaceutical companies and other private-sector businesses have driven research in areas they believe are the needs of patients. We attempt to bring new technologies through the healthcare-provider portal directly to the hospital/patient setting based on what patients needs actually are. Meaning, doctors interacting with patients are deciding what is most beneficial for patients.

Do you see patients at MAST?

Although we rely on patient support to innovate and move discoveries forward, our program is wholly for research. We are not a clinical-care unit and thus do not see patients directly. If you would like to be seen by a physician at Cedars-Sinai, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 to schedule a visit.

How can I get involved in MAST?

There are many ways in which you can help us. We rely on your participation in clinical trials to help drive the treatment towards patient needs. Please check our clinical trials page for clinical trials we are recruiting participation in. You may also help in other ways, such as contributions to research efforts in areas of your personal interest. For more information on how, please e-mail us using our Contact Us form.

What areas of research does MAST cover?

We develop tools and technology that target the microbiome. At present, our research focuses on gastrointestinal or metabolic diseases. This covers irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and obesity. However, as MAST grows and we delve deeper in the microbiome, we anticipate that our understanding of its importance in other areas of medical science will evolve, and we eagerly anticipate moving in those new directions.

Where can patients get care information?

If you are a patient looking for care, Cedars-Sinai has many resources and physicians to help. To find a doctor or learn about a condition or treatment, visit the Cedars-Sinai website.

How is my donation used?

We are working to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics to treat patients with illnesses related to imbalances or alterations in the gut microbiome. Your donations go directly to our research in those areas. If you have a specific area you would like to support, please fill out the Contact Us form and we will reach out to you directly. Thank you!

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