Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Day for Discovery

The 4th Annual Research Day Highlights Innovations at MGHfC

Staff presenters at 2012 Research Day
Staff presenters, from left: Nicole Sherry, MD, Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH, Jolan Walter, MD, PhD, and Haining Shi, DVM, PhD..

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Research Council presented its Fourth Annual Research Day on March 27th, showcasing ongoing discoveries and advancements from Mass General researchers and the broader pediatric community. A keynote lecturer as well as several faculty speakers spoke on topics including esophagus inflammation, type 1 diabetes, obesity, autoimmune deficiency and mucosal immunity.

“The intent of this day is to make the department, specifically younger people, aware of what research is going on at MGHfC and the community,” MGHfC Research Council Chairman W. Allan Waker, MD, says. “We encourage house staff to think of pediatrics in an academic practice, and we try very hard to get as many residents there as we can. My perception is that it was a very successful Research Day this year by the number of people who attended and the comments people made.”

The event, held in the Simches Building and organized by Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, and Jason Harris, MD, brought together approximately 150 people from different specialties within the Mass General community. Research Council Co-Chairperson Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, says the day was a unique opportunity for the large pediatric community to have an inside look at what MGHfC faculty has been doing.

“Cross-disciplinary research is the way of the future,” Dr. Misra says. “Research Day is a great way to inform residents and fellows about ongoing research and to enable them to develop collaborations as and when needed within and across pediatric divisions.”

A poster session featuring an array of clinical and basic research highlighted the day, and three awardees were chosen to receive travel grants to attend a national research meeting of their choice. The awardees were pediatric resident Elena Grant, MD, for her poster, “Childhood Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot Leads to Long Term Hepatic Dysfunction,” research fellow Selvi Ramasamy for his poster, “The TLE1 Tumor Suppressor Regulates Myc Induced Leukemogenesis,” and researchers Anna Sokolovska and Christine Becker for their poster, “Rab39a Links Caspase-1 Activation to Phagosome Acidification and Cellular Defense.”

“Being selected as one of the travel award recipients was an unexpected honor, and I am extremely grateful for the chance to be able to travel to another conference to present our research to the larger community,” Dr. Grant says. “I plan to use the travel award towards attending one the national or international cardiology meetings during my first year of pediatric cardiology fellowship.”

Read more about this year’s Research Day and past events. 

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