Friday, August 2, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Aug. 2, 2013

David Altshuler, MD, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Department of Medicine, was honored for extraordinary leadership in “open science” by the White House’s “Champions of Change” program. The June 21 event recognized 13 leaders and organizations – out of hundreds of nominees – for their work “using and promoting open scientific data and publications to grow our economy and improve our world.” Altshuler was honored for the creation of a global alliance for sharing genomic and clinical data to learn about underlying causes of cancer, inherited and infectious diseases and individual responses to drugs. The project began in January, when 50 researcher-physicians from eight countries met to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in genomic research and medicine and how they could work collaboratively in the future.  Other MGH participants in this effort included Mark Daly, PhD, of the Department of Medicine; Gad Getz, PhD, director of Bioinformatics at the MGH Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology; and Daniel MacArthur, PhD, of the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit.

Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, MS, CCC-SLP, director of Speech, Language & Swallowing Disorders & Reading Disabilities at the MGH, was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bunker Hill Community College by Gov. Deval Patrick. Bunker Hill is a comprehensive, multi-campus urban community college that serves diverse educational needs. Vega-Barachowitz’s appointment is effective immediately and expires March 2017.

Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhD, chief resident in the MGH Department of Neurosurgery, was named the recipient of the $100,000 Christopher C. Getch Fellowship Award for 2013-2014 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The award is granted to a young neurosurgeon committed to advancing the practice of neurosurgery worldwide through excellence in education and scientific exchange. Kahle will utilize his fellowship to support post-doctoral fellowship studies at HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Mass General Marathon Team: Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time raised a record $942,134 this year. The team, established in 1998, runs in support of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

The MGH made a list of the top five hospitals and health-related organizations that “do social media right” on the Master of Health Administration Degrees website. The MGH was recognized for its EMNet findER, a smart phone application created by the Emergency Department that directs users to the closest emergency room anywhere in the U.S.

The MGH Institute of Health Professions was named a 2013 Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The MGH Institute is the only school in Metro Boston in a survey that looked at more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities across the United States. This is the fourth year in a row that the MGH Institute has received this award. Employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition.

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