Friday, January 13, 2012

What's Happening: Jan. 13

Change in MGH Hotline schedule
MGH Hotline will not be published Jan. 20 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The regular printing schedule will resume Jan. 27.

MLK celebration
Partners HealthCare is sponsoring “A Celebration of the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Feb. 10
from 9 to 10 am in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. The speaker will be John Payton, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. A reception will follow.  A Partners or MGH ID badge is needed to attend this event. For more information, contact Partners Employee Programs at 617-724-3965.

Patient-Centered Computing and eHealth
The Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education program, “Patient-Centered Computing and eHealth: Transforming Healthcare Quality,” will be held April 30 through May 2 at The Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Participants will learn best practices for health information technology and how to effectively use those skills in the clinical care setting. Course presenters will be Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, corporate director in Clinical Informatics Research and Development at Partners HealthCare; and Patricia Dykes, DNSc, MA, RN, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. To register, visit

Clinical Research seminars
The MGH Clinical Research Program is offering the following seminars:

  • “Best Practices for Bio-Speciman Collection and Processing” Jan. 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. The speaker will be Patrick Sluss, PhD, co-director of the MGH Clinical Laboratory Research Core. 
  • “Understanding and Writing Clinical Research Literature” Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15 from 9 to 10:30 am in the Simches Center, Room 3.120. This seminar is designed to introduce clinical research coordinators and research nurses to the basics of clinical research literature.
  • “Welcome to the Genetic Code: An Overview of Basic Genetics” Feb. 6 from 2:30 to 5 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. Speakers will be Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, and Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, both from the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research.

Register at For more information about the first two seminars, contact Lauren
Michaels at For information about the third seminar, contact Suzanne Powell at

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