The MGH Research Institute leadership team and the Center for Faculty Development joined forces for Research Staff Appreciation Day at the hospital’s main campus and the Charlestown Navy Yard earlier this month.

Staff members – laboratory technicians, chemists, clinical research coordinators and many others who support research at the hospital every day – were treated to a picnic-themed lunch and a made-to-order ice cream sundae bar with the heavy scooping done by Research leadership.

“Research is a team sport, and you all play a pivotal role in making it possible for us to do what we do,” said Maurizio Fava, MD, director of the Division of Clinical Research of the Research Institute.

At the main campus event under the Bulfinch tent, Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research, told attendees they are the fuel that drives the research engine at the MGH – an enterprise that grew to $928 million in 2018 and is on track to increase significantly once again this year.

“On behalf of everyone here, we want to thank you for the role you play in research,” said Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the Research Institute. “I hope that you’ll all help us spread the word about the science that happens at Mass General. Enough people in our world do not understand that we are the biggest and arguably the best research enterprise in the country, so you can help us spread the word.”

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