Friday, February 1, 2013

What's Happening: Feb. 1, 2013

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation lecture series
The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation lecture series continues this month with "The Other Side of Normal: How biology is providing the clues to unlock the secrets of normal and abnormal behavior" Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 pm. Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, associate vice chair of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, and associate director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research, will examines what biology is teaching us about the mind, the brain and mental illness. Smoller will discuss his recent book (The Other Side of Normal) and address how science is helping demystify our behavior, relationships, resilience, and mental health. For further information or to register, call (617) 724-2755 or email Light refreshments will be provided.


MGH Institute PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences: Application Review Begins March 1
The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH institute of Health Professions is designed for clinically certified health care professionals who wish to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research with an emphasis on assessing clinical outcomes in rehabilitation. Full funding is available for up to six qualified candidates. Application review begins March 1. For more information, visit or call (617) 726-8008.

Blum Center events
The Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center is offering the following free programs: Harp Music with harpist Becky Wertz Feb. 6 from noon to 12:35 pm and 12:40 to 1 pm; Benson-Henry for Mind Body Medicine talk, "Exercise for Heart Health," Feb. 14 from noon to 1 pm with speaker Molly Deisroth-Kim, MS, CES; "Almost a Psychopath" book talk with speaker Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, Feb. 21 from noon to 1 pm; "Living with Coronary Heart Disease" with speaker Doreen Defaria-Yeh on Feb. 26 from noon to 1 pm. For more information, call (617) 724-7352.

Senior HeathWise events
Senior HealthWise will host the following events: "Macular Degeneration" presentation Feb. 7 from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room. Speaker Chirag Shah, MD, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston will speak about the causes of macular degeneration and discuss treatment options; and hypertension screenings Feb. 25 fron 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Library.

Clinical Research Programs
The MGH Clinical Research Program will host the following seminars:

  • "Bio-Specimen Processing Basics" Feb. 20 from noon to 1 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. In this course, participants will receive instruction on best practices for collecting biological samples from research subjects and for processing those samples. Emphasis will be placed on common mistakes which occur during collection and processing. 

  • "Getting Started with REDCap" Feb. 25, from 10 to 11:30 am in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. This session is to help REDCap users design databases and surveys.

  • Register for these programs at


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