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In this week's edition: "Science takes center stage," "Berwick calls for MGH to lead in health care reform efforts," "Raising awareness for MGH LGBT community," and more.

Stories in the 03/29/2013 Issue of Hotline

2013 MGH Research Scholars

ESTABLISHED IN 2011 by ECOR and the MGH Research Advisory Council, the MGH Research Scholars program provides five years of unrestricted funding to give innovative investigators the flexibility to pursue projects that may lead in unexpected directions. Supported by philanthropic gifts, the program expanded from the first group of five recipients to eight scholars in 2012.

A slam dunk for the Lurie Center

THE LURIE CENTER FOR AUTISM at the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children was one of the beneficiaries of the 14th annual Full Court Charity Challenge March 16 at Basketball City in Boston.

Berwick calls for MGH to lead in health care reform efforts

“THE MORAL TEST OF GOVERNMENT is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

MGHers take steps to advance careers

JANICE MAENPAA knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. On some Sundays after church, she would visit her grandmother who was being cared for at the MGH and dream about her future career. But as she grew older, doubts about the finances required to pay for college and uncertainties of whether she’d have the stamina to handle the rigors of classes nearly derailed her hopes of attaining her childhood dream. On a whim, however, she enrolled in a biology class and immediately her concerns were quieted.

MGPO honors physicians with Brian A. McGovern, MD, awards

THE RECIPIENTS OF THE Brian A. McGovern, MD, Award for Clinical Excellence were announced March 23 at the MGPO annual Physician Recognition Dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The three honorees were selected from among 95 MGPO physicians nominated for their dedication, patient-centered care and clinical excellence. The award was created by the MGPO and is presented every 18 months to honor McGovern, a well-loved MGH cardiologist, who died in 2003.

Raising awareness for MGH LGBT community

MEMBERS OF THE MGH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Resource Group hosted an information table March 27 in the White Corridor in honor of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which runs March 26 through March 30.

Science takes center stage

“THIS IS ONE OF MY favorite days of the year,” said Robert Kingston, PhD, chief of MGH Molecular Biology and chair of the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) in his welcome address at the March 20 Celebration of Science event, held in conjunction with the 66th annual meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

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