Shuichi Aoki, MD, PhD, research fellow in the Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, has received the Tommy J. West Memorial Research Fellowship from the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation for his study, “Role of PlGF/Nrp1 pathway in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma cell survival, tumor-associated fibrosis and abnormal vasculature.”

 

Emily D. Bethea, MD, advanced hepatology fellow in the Gastrointestinal Unit, has received an Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. She received the award for her project, “Preemptive pan-genotypic direct-acting antiviral therapy in donor HCV-positive to recipient HCV-negative liver transplant.” The award encourages the academic career of exceptional hepatology trainees.

 

Ellen Braaten, PhD, director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) and co-director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, has been named as the inaugural incumbent of the Kessler Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment. LEAP offers comprehensive and coordinated neuropsychological and psychological assessment for children and students ages 2 to 22. The LEAP team provides consultation to families, teachers, administrators and care providers; conducts pioneering research to better understand learning, developmental and psychological challenges in young people; and educates and trains the next generation of child psychologists and pediatric neuropsychologists. Made possible through a lead gift from Howard and Michele Kessler, and generous contributions from 20 other donors, this chair will advance efforts to improve mental health care and treatment for children and adolescents. From left: Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, chief of Psychiatry; Braaten; Michele Kessler; Stephanie Kessler; Howard Kessler and David Kessler

 
Leo L. Cheng, MPH, of the Departments of Pathology and Radiology, and his research team – including principal investigators Adam S. Feldman, MD, MPH, of the Department of Urology; Chin-Lee Wu, MD, PhD, of Pathology; and Mukesh Harisinghani, MD, director of Abdominal MRI – have been honored with a Summa Cum Laude Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. They received the honor for their research, “Metabolomic Evaluations of Human Prostate Tissue from mp-MRI/US Fusion Biopsy.” Their presentation – one of five plenary talks selected from 6,886 submissions – was delivered by Lindsey Vandergrift, of MGH Pathology. The research team hopes that this collaborative work will advance our ability to identify clinically significant prostate cancer while minimizing overtreatment of indolent disease.
 

Bryan Choi, MD, PhD, of the Department of Neurosurgery, has received a Fellowship Award from the Society of Immunotherapy for Cancer (SITC). These awards support the next generation of cancer immunotherapy and tumor immunology experts through dedicated funding of novel research. Choi received the SITC-AstraZeneca Postdoctoral Cancer Immunotherapy in Combination Therapies Clinical Fellowship Award for his project, “Combination Immunotherapy with Chimeric Antigen Reception T cells and Bispecific T-cell Engagers for Glioblastoma.” Faculty members sponsoring this work were Bob Carter, MD, PhD, chief of Neurosurgery; William Curry, MD, of the Department of Neurosurgery; and Marcela Maus, MD, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center.

 

Patricia Donahoe, MD, director of the Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories in the Department of Surgery, has received the 2018 Gregory Pincus Medal from UMass Medical School. Awarded in the field of endocrinology, the Pincus Medal was established to honor Gregory F. Pincus, a pioneer in reproductive biology and the co-founder of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research.  Donahoe delivered the Pincus Memorial Lecture April 11 titled, “Protection of Reproductive Function.” Donahoe also had received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine at its Commencement in 2017.

 

Kevin S. Emerick, MD, head and neck surgeon at Mass. Eye and Ear/MGH, has been awarded the 2018 Chris O'Brien Traveling Fellowship by the Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society. His aim for this fellowship is to observe the work of fellow head and neck surgeons in Australia and New Zealand and to forge the relationships needed to make real change for patients dying from skin cancer.

 

Jay A. Fishman, MD, of the Infectious Disease Division and associate director of the MGH Transplant Center, has received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation (Clinical) from The Transplantation Society (TTS). This award is given to a clinician who has made outstanding contributions to transplantation. Fishman was honored at the 2018 Transplantation Congress in Madrid, Spain. From left, Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD, TTS president; Fishman; and Mehmet Haberal, MD, TTS incoming president

 

Thais Gift, PharmD, BCPS, and Sarah Shao, PharmD, BCPS, pharmacists in the Transplant Center, have each received the fourth annual Susan A. Noska LEAD Award from the MGH Transplant Center. Recipients are nominated by their peers and demonstrate the highest level of leadership, excellence and advocacy for patients, and dedication to transplantation. Gift and Shao were recognized for their commitment to patient care and to education of both patients and staff regarding the complex medical regimens that assure excellence in organ transplant outcomes. Both actively participate in daily patient rounds, in teaching and in many of the activities mandated by the rules governing organ transplantation. The LEAD Award is dedicated to the memory of Susan Noska, RN, CNN, CCTC who worked at the MGH as a nurse and transplant coordinator after completing her Diploma in Nursing from the MGH School of Nursing in 1972. Pictured from left, Joren Madsen, MD, director of the MGH Transplant Center; Gift; Shao; Jay Fishman, MD, associate director of the MGH Transplant Center; and Anthony DiGiovine, RN, Transplant Center nursing director

 

Russell Goodman, MD, DPhil, of the Gastrointestinal Unit, has received a Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The award is intended to develop the potential of outstanding, young scientists and encourage research in liver physiology and disease. Individuals who are already well-established in the field are not eligible for this award. Goodman received the award for his project studying the link between circulating metabolites and hepatic fat accumulation.

 

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received the 2018 Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. This annual award, named for the late pioneering geneticist Curt Stern, PhD, (1902-1981) recognizes genetics and genomics researchers who have made significant scientific contributions during the past decade. Kathiresan has pursued a systematic approach to understand the genetics underlying risk of heart attack, to discover its root causes, inform new therapeutic approaches, and identify at-risk individuals. In the past year, he has uncovered two additional pathways underlying heart attack risk: genes that regulate the movement of inflammatory cells into the artery wall; and acquired mutations in blood stem cells that increase with aging and provoke inflammation. He also has developed a genetic test to predict risk of heart attack and shown that statin therapy and/or a healthier lifestyle can decrease that risk.

 

Brent Little, MD, of the Radiology Department, has received the 2018 Honored Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). This achievement recognizes an individual’s dedication to furthering the profession of radiology by delivering high-quality educational content for the RSNA and recognizes society members who have produced an array of RSNA educational resources in the past calendar year.

 

The MGH Institute of Health Professions has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the only school in Boston to make the list. It is the ninth consecutive year the health sciences graduate school has been recognized by the publication. The MGH Institute, which has approximately 1,600 students, was included in the Small Colleges category for schools with fewer than 3,000 students and was recognized in four categories: collaborative governance, where faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs; compensation and benefits, where pay is fair and benefits meet the needs of employees; confidence in senior leadership, where leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for institutional success; and respect and appreciation, where employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.

 
Tracey G. Simon, MD, fellow in the Gastrointestinal Unit, has received a Clinical, Translational, and Outcomes Research Award in Liver Disease from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. She received the award for her project, “Molecular Prognostic Indicators of Cirrhosis in Early-Stage Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.” The award fosters career development for individuals performing clinical research, translational research or outcomes research in a liver-related area and who have shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of their research study. The awards ensure that a significant portion of young investigator's time is protected for research, with an overall objective of enabling young investigators to develop independent and productive research careers in liver disease.
 
Three MGH nurses/nursing groups received Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Awards during Nursing Recognition Week’s 2018 Research Day. They are:

Courtney Balliro, RN, of the MGH Diabetes Center and recipient/principal investigator, with her team, Mallory Hillard, RN, of the Diabetes Research Center; and Mary Larkin, RN, of the Diabetes Research Center, and mentor, Diane Carroll, RN, of the Munn Center, for their study, “Empowering the Patient Voice: Analysis of Patient-Satisfaction Data to Inform Future Development of a Bionic Pancreas.” This study describes and quantifies the patient experience including treatment satisfaction, patient burden, and confidence in Type 1 diabetes management using two configurations of the bionic pancreas versus standard of care.

Christina Burke, RN, of the Lunder 10 Hematology Oncology Unit and principal investigator, and mentor, Anne-Marie Barron, RN, Simmons College/MGH, for their study, “Exploring the Experiences and Perspectives of Bone Marrow Transplant Nurses in Relation to Integrating Humor into their Practice.” This study explores the nurses’ experiences with humor in the care of bone-marrow-transplant patients.

Stephanie Qualls, RN, of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit and recipient/principal investiga