Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Inventors. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee has chosen Ralph for induction as he “has demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” Congratulations on this great achievement and recognition as a truly prolific academic inventor!
Anwesha Chaudhury (Higgins Lab) has been awarded a Research Fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation for her project “Mathematical modeling of white blood cell population dynamics for disease prognosis.” According to the foundation, “Every year our selection committee of renowned scientists identify the top 5% of applicants from an international pool of more than 1000 postdoctoral applicants.”
Today, the Swiss Cancer League awarded its most prestigious research prize to Dr. Mikael Pittet from the Center for System Biology at MGH, Boston. Dr. Pittet has done fundamental work in the field of immuno-therapies, in particular investigating the myeloid cells contribution. Immunotherapies - the treatments that support the body's immune system in the suppression of cancer cells - are a mainstream hope in the current fight against cancer.
Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, the Bernard and Mildred Kayden Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair, of the Center for Systems Biology, have received a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Epigenetic Plasticity in Tumor Initiation and Evolution. The Pioneer Award is one of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Awards, supported by the Common Fund, and challenges investigators at all career levels to pursue new research directions and develop groundbreaking, high-impact approaches to a broad area of biomedical or behavioral science. These awards encourage creative, outside-the-box thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas in biomedical research. Congratulations, Brad!
Divya Pathania, PhD was selected to receive Translational Research Award for Lymphoma-D3 project at MGH Clinical Research Day. Congratulations, Divya!
Two CSB fellows - Kisoo Park, PhD and Christina Pfirschke, PhD - have been selected to receive a MGH ECOR Tosteson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The Tosteson Awards are given to the top-ranked applicants for the Fund for Medical Discovery Postdoctoral Awards. Congratulations, Kisoo and Christina!
Seonki Hong (Poster of Prestige), Chen-Han Huang (Poster of Merit), and Ashley Fenn (Poster of Distinction) received awards at 2016 MGH ORCD Research Fellows Poster Celebration. Congratulations!
NIH Director Dr. Collins has selected CSB new paper in Science Advances on a system for rapid identification of health care-associated infections to be featured on his blog - https://directorsblog.nih.gov/. (pdf)
Massachusetts General Hospital has been named the #1 healthcare organization for research by the Nature Index, which tracked the number of articles published in high-impact research journals from February 2015 to January 2016. According to the index, Mass General topped the list of more than 380 healthcare organizations in publishing productivity during that time frame.
Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, Director of CSB, has been selected to become a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year! The American Academy, which was established in 1780 by John Adams and other founders of the United States, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. The new class of members, comprising leaders in science, social science, humanities, art, business and public affairs, will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 8 in Cambridge, MA. Congratulations, Ralph!
Hyungsoon Im, PhD and Kisoo Park, PhD won Poster of Distinction awards at the 69th Annual Meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Congratulations!
Two CSB papers Weissleder R, et al., Nat Biotechnol. 2005; 23:1418-1423 and Lewin M, et al., Nat Biotechnol. 2000;18:410-4 are on the list of the highest cited papers focusing on nanotechnology from the past 20 years of Nature Biotechnology!
Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute Steering Committee has chosen Bradley E. Bernstein, MD, PhD, as the inaugural incumbent of the Bernard and Mildred Kayden Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair.
Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the MGH Program in Membrane Biology, part of the Division of Nephrology and the Center for Systems Biology, was elected by a poll of its members as the new President Elect of the American Physiological Society (APS). Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 11,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.