Despite dreary weather, hundreds of MGH research staff at the main campus and in Charlestown Navy Yard enjoyed the annual Research Staff Appreciation Day lunch and ice cream celebration. The April 25 and 27 events – hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and Research Management – recognized and thanked staff members who provide direct scientific support to faculty investigators throughout the hospital. Research staff members – a community of more than 3,700 people – include technicians, technologists and study coordinators.

“The MGH research enterprise is so successful because of the thousands of people who support our work every day,” says Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the MGH Research Institute. “We’re happy to honor them on Research Staff Appreciation Day.”

Attendees received giveaways and raffle prizes courtesy of the Research Institute.

Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research, recognized the attendees for their many contributions. “Research staff comprise fully one third of our entire research community and, through their diligence and dedication, are the mainstay of our research enterprise,” he said. 

Maurizio Fava, MD, director of the Division of Clinical Research, said the event is a way for the hospital to express its appreciation for this valuable part of the scientific community. “MGH is an institution that really values research and values everyone who is involved in research.” 

This article was originally published in the 05/12/17 Hotline issue.