Friday, April 13, 2012

NIH director to speak at annual Celebration of Science

THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the 2012 Celebration of Science, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), will be Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins will discuss “Research: Essential for Medicine, Good for the Economy” April 18 at 4 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. The annual celebration will get underway with the SAC poster session from 11 am to 1:45 pm on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn Beacon Hill at 5 Blossom Street.

Starting at 2 pm in Simches 3.110, recipients of the hospital’s major research awards – Jodie Babitt, MD, MGH Renal Unit, recipient of the Goodman Award; José Baselga, MD, PhD, chief of Hematology/Oncology, associate director of the MGH Cancer Center and recipient of the Martin Prize for Clinical Research; and Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, MGH Pathology, recipient of the Martin Prize for Basic Research – will present their award-winning work. More information on their presentations will appear in an upcoming issue of Hotline.

The April 19 SAC meeting will begin at 8 am in Simches 3.110 with departmental research reports from Robert Martuza, MD, chief of the Department of Neurosurgery; Harry Rubash, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopædics; Ramnik Xavier, MD, PhD, chief of the Gastroenterology Unit; and Dennis Ausiello, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine. The afternoon session will address strategies for applying computational biology to biomedical research, with presentations by Mark Daly, PhD, chief of the MGH Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit; Aviv Regev, PhD, of the Broad Institute; and Zak Kohane, MD, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Boston; followed by a panel discussion.

The full schedule of both day’s events – open to all MGHers – is available at

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