Friday, June 5, 2015

Celebrating the work of research fellows

POSTER HONOREES: Award winners honored by MGH senior leaders

Smiling and admiring the award in his hand, Giovanni Piantoni, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Sydney Cash Cortical Physiology Laboratory at the MGH, was surprised to see his name already engraved on the Hassan Poster of Prestige Award. “How cool!” he said, before quickly praising his team and thanking the patients that made the research award possible. “We work side-by-side with a great clinical team and technicians dedicated to the treatment of epilepsy and are fortunate to have the opportunity to get close with patients on a personal level. Their collaboration is fundamental to our research.”

On May 27, Piantoni was one of 12 fellows honored at the Research Fellows Poster Day celebration, hosted by the Office for Research Career Development in the MGH Center for Faculty Development. The MGH community was invited to view the posters on display in the Bulfinch tent to learn more about the groundbreaking work taking place at the hospital. The newly launched MGH Research Institute sponsored a number of this year’s poster awards, which were divided into four categories: four posters of merit, three posters of excellence, three of distinction and two Hassan Posters of Prestige Award winners.

“We are thrilled to celebrate a very talented group of young scientists who are in the pipeline to research leadership in the future,” said Anne Klibanski, MD, director of the Center for Faculty Development. “Their accomplishments span basic to translational and clinical research and they embody the concept that people are our
greatest strength.”

The day also featured lectures by Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, FAAN, FANA, director of the MGH Neurology Neurotechnology Trials Unit, who spoke about trends in biomedical science and technology, and Joanne Kamens, PhD, executive director of the nonprofit plasmid repository Addgene, who spoke about successful research career development.

The annual event celebrates fellows, and aims to provide career development and create a strong network among researchers and their colleagues. “This has been the most wonderful morning we have had in a long time,” said Dennis Brown, director of the MGH Office for Research Career Development. “Next year we hope to have twice as many posters.”

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