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 technologies to help patients, pharmaceutical companies and other private-sector businesses have driven research in what they believe are the needs of patients. The Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program attempts to bring the development of technologies into the hospital/patient setting to be driven by doctors, hospitals and patients. MAST attempts to bring the discovery and development of new technologies directly through the healthcare-provider portal. Meaning, doctors interacting with patients are deciding what is best for patients in the new technology that is developing.

Do you see patients at MAST?

MAST relies on patient support to innovate and move discoveries forward. The MAST program is wholly for research, so although it is patient-centric and patient-based, it is not a clinical care unit. Although MAST is not a clinical program, our doctors do see patients in other settings.

How can patients get involved in MAST?

MAST is a program centered on the development of new treatments and science to help patients directly. There are many ways in which patients can help the MAST program. We need patient participation in clinical trials, and patients and their families often help in other ways as well, such as contributions to research efforts in areas of their own personal interest. To help MAST in any way, please contact

What areas of research does MAST cover?

The MAST program develops 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.

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