Friday, March 28, 2014

MGH research prepares to meet current and future challenges

The 2014 meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will examine how the MGH is preparing to meet the challenges presented by reductions in traditional sources of research funding and take advantage of new opportunities in areas including translational research, health care informatics and outcomes research. The two-day event will begin April 2, with the annual poster session from 11 am to 1:45 pm on the 15th floor of the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill at 5 Blossom Street.

The Celebration of Science will continue at 2 pm in the Simches Conference Room, 3.110 with presentations by the winners of the hospital’s top research prizes – Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD, Center for Regenerative Medicine, recipient of the Martin Prize for Basic Research; Stephanie Seminara, MD, Reproductive Endocrine Unit, recipient of the Martin Prize for Clinical Research; and Filip Swirski, PhD, Center for Systems Biology, recipient of the Goodman Award. They will be followed by keynote speaker Richard Hynes, PhD, of MIT and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The April 3 SAC meeting will begin at 9 am in the Simches Conference Room, 3.110 with a report from Robert Kingston, PhD, chair of the Executive Committee on Research and chief of Molecular Biology. Anne Klibanski, MD, chief of the Neuroendocrine Unit and Partners Chief Academic Officer, will address integrating MGH research into the Partners enterprise, followed by departmental reports from Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of Neurology, and Keith Lillimoe, MD, chief of Surgery.

At 11:30 am, Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research, will review the Research Strategic Planning Initiative underway for the past year and a half and the resulting plans for an MGH Research Institute. Afternoon sessions will address the components of the institute – reorganization of Clinical Research Program (CRP), discussion led by Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, chief of Psychiatry; the Translational Research Center, by Mason Freeman, MD,
director of the CRP Translational Unit; and the Life Registry, that gives patients a new opportunity to participate in research programs across Partners, by Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Center for Human Genetic Research.

More detailed information – including the full schedule of both days’ events, open to all MGHers; the Celebration of Science book, and the poster session abstract book – is available at

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