New marketing campaign highlights Mass General research, NIH cuts could imperil infectious disease research, and the benefits of serving as an elected ECOR representative.

 
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Dear Mass General Research Community –

 

It’s August and many of us are in vacation mode, so this month’s note will be short and to the point—perfect for reading on the beach.

 

First off, I wanted to thank you for all the contributions you’ve made to the Mass General research community this year. From showing up to support your fellow researchers at on-campus events such as the Celebration of Science, Nursing Research Day and the Research Fellows Poster Celebration, to joining with your co-workers to “Stand Up for Science” on the Boston Common last spring, you have a lot to be proud of.

 

We're looking forward to a busy fall and have new programs and initiatives coming your way to help spread the word about your science—both here at Mass General and throughout the community.

 

These are challenging times for research, and it’s tempting to feel discouraged when you read the headlines each day. It’s important that we stick together, support each other and stay positive. Together, we can continue to get the message out about why research is so important.

 

I hope you get a chance to relax and recharge during the last couple weeks of summer and look forward to seeing you all in September!


Until next month,

Sue
Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD
Scientific Director,
Mass General Research Institute

 
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New advertising campaign highlights research at Mass General

A new advertising campaign launched this month highlights Massachusetts General Hospital's status as the #1 research hospital in the United States (based on federal research funding and the number of publications in high impact journals as tracked by the Nature Index).

The advertisements will be featured at Logan airport, in Amtrak train stations along the East Coast, and in various websites and publications.

The campaign will be accompanied by a series of social media posts detailing how Mass General is revolutionizing care in all four pillars of our mission: research, patient care, education and community service. Keep an eye out for posts tagged #RevolutionizingCare.

All of us in the Research Institute thank the Mass General marketing department for helping to spread the word about research!

 

Cuts to NIH infectious disease program could disrupt global research efforts

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Mass General researchers working to stop the spread of infectious disease are worried that proposed cuts to the NIH budget would eliminate the Fogarty International Center, a key resource for global health efforts.

 

“People are often unaware of what has been prevented, since by definition what has been prevented has not occurred,” says Edward Ryan, MD, Director of Global Infectious Disease at Mass General. “The U.S. has and will continue to dodge bullets because of the Fogarty. We would be short-sighted to let this defensive wall fall.”

 

 
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Breton talks about the benefits of serving as an elected ECOR representative

Since she first arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow in 1994, Sylvie Breton, PhD, has been encouraged by the positive changes the institution has made to support the research community.

 

This includes launching key programs to recognize and support promising researchers, such as the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards, the MGH Research Scholars program, the Martin Research Prize and the Interim Support Funds (ISF).

 

In her role as an elected Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) representative for the past six years, Dr. Breton has been a vocal advocate for these programs and other initiatives designed to foster research at Mass General. Now at the end of her second consecutive term, she is not eligible for reelection this year.

 

In a recent interview, she talked the role of ECOR reps, the benefits of serving on ECOR and some of the challenges facing the Mass General research community.

 

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