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The Entrepreneurs Series at the Mass General Research Institute is an educational program of talks where our most entrepreneurial researchers to share their expertise and experience in moving scientific discoveries along the translational pathway to market and patient care.

The series is an intellectual community for scientists at Mass General to learn from various examples of translation or startup company success and failure, share best practices, and get relevant mentorship and guidance.

The series is produced collaboratively by ECOR and the Office of the Scientific Director and in close collaboration with Partners HealthCare Innovation. This series is co-directed by Gabriela Apiou, PhD, and David Milan, MD

These events are open to all Mass General employees only. Questions or feedback? please email ResearchInstitute@mgh.harvard.edu.


All presentations are on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Simches Building, Room 3.110, Massachusetts General Hospital
Date: May 22, 2019

“From Bench to Bedside: Novel Diagnostic & Treatment for Acute Kidney Injury”

Sylvie Breton, PhD

Sylvie Breton, PhD
Investigator, Program in Membrane Biology/Center for Systems Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Men’s Health
Charles and Ann Sanders MGH Research Scholar
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sylvie Breton, PhD is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her laboratory is part of the Program in Membrane Biology/Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Breton received her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Montreal, Canada, and she conducted postdoctoral studies on kidney biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. In 1996, she joined the Faculty of the Department of Medicine at Mass General and Harvard Medical School, where she developed a multidisciplinary research program in epithelial cell biology. Dr. Breton's laboratory examines the regulation of epithelial cells in organs of the urogenital tract, including the kidney and epididymis. She examines how these cells receive cues from their environment and communicate with neighboring cells to modify their function. She trained several scientists, who now occupy leadership positions at different institutions throughout the world. She and her colleagues have published over 100 papers since 1993.

Dr. Breton is the recipient of several awards, including the MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar award in 1997, the American Physiological Society Renal Section investigator Award in 2005, the MGH Joseph Martin Basic Research Prize award in 2008, and the 2012 Research Award of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. She is a Charles and Ann Sanders MGH Research Scholar, and is the recipient of the Richard Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Men’s Health. Dr. Breton is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, American Physiological Society, and American Society of Andrology (ASA). She is the elected Secretary of the ASA Council, and she was Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the ASA 2017 meeting.

Upcoming Talks:

  • September 18, 2019 - TBA

Past Talks:

  •  January 23, 2019 — Advanced Drug Delivery Systems: The Journey from "Smart Infusion Pumps" to Closed Loop Control of Human Physiology in Anesthesia and Critical Care
    Nat Sims, MD, Physician Investigator, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
    Research scientist and medical device inventor
  • November 28,2018 — Venture Creation: A Case Study
    Jean-François Formela, MD, Partner, Atlas Venture
    Core Member, Research Institute Advisory Council Strategic Alliances Committee
  • September 26, 2018 - Internal Innovation to Bridge the Gap Between Academia and Commercialization -
    Mehmet Toner, MD, Helen Andrus Benedict Professor, HMS; Director of Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children; Director, BioMEMS Resource Center, Mass General, and Ravi Kapur, PhD, CEO, MicroMedicine Inc.; Entrepreneur-in-residence, Mass General Innovation Team Leader, Center for Circulating Tumor Cells, Mass General
  • June 20, 2018 - Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography: A Translational Story
    Guillermo “Gary” J. Tearney, MD, PhD, Remondi Family Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair; Mike and Sue Hazard Family MGH Research Scholar; Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • May 23, 2018 - Science for the People
    R. Rox Anderson, MD, Director, Wellman Center for Photomedicine

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