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A Note From the Immediate Past-Director

As this very mild winter comes to a close, I am looking forward to the longer days of Spring. Despite February being the shortest month, the BRI hosted several events this month, including the monthly RC LIVE Lunch, Instructor luncheon, and the nascent cancer research talk series - see recaps below. Be sure to check out our website for more information on these recurring opportunities.

The deadline is fast approaching for the 2020 BRIght Futures Prize, a prestigious award of $100,000, which will be awarded this summer. Also, the Research Roundtable Dialogues & Discussion (R2D2) Series is starting back up and we need to hear from you; please fill out the survey to indicate your interests.

STAT Madness is back. Make sure to cast your vote! There is still time to submit an idea for a demo or session for Discover Brigham 2020. Don't miss out on the chance to showcase your research efforts to the BWH community and beyond. Lastly, please enjoy our research paper of the month.  

Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD
Immediate Past-Director, BRI
February 2020
2020 BRIght Futures Prize
The Prize, in its ninth year, supports investigators across the BRI as they work to answer provocative questions or solve grand problems. This philanthropically supported fund catalyzes the kind of innovative translational research that is only possible at an academic medical center, where basic researchers and clinicians work side by side.

This prize is one of the most exciting of the year as the ultimate selection of the winner is based on the results of an online voting process that is open to not only everyone at the Brigham, but also anyone around the world! Submit your proposal here . Check out past BRIght Futures winners here .
Wildred Ngwa, PhD, 2015 BRIght Futures Prize Winner
"The BRIght Futures Prize provided seed-funding to generate rigorous preliminary data needed to secure my first R01 grant of over 3.2 million, which has greatly advanced my research. The prestigious prize came at a crucial period in my career, allowing me to collaborate, creating world-wide visibility for the cancer research I do here at the Brigham, and resulting in a new initiative to reduce cancer health disparities in the USA and globally,"
February Events Recap
This was our first full month going green and we want to remind you to keep bringing your own reusable water bottle to all BRI events! In the past, we have provided single-use plastic water bottles for attendees. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly in 2020, we will no longer be providing these waters, so please be sure to bring your own reusable one!
The Brigham Experience, Engagement and Your Voice
This month’s Research Connection LIVE Lunch featured JF Goldstyn and Andrea J. Branchaud, MD, who shared an overview of the Brigham Experience culture journey and the upcoming Brigham Experience Engagement Survey (to be released in March). Be sure to take the survey when it is sent out next month! These slides and other important research announcements and updates can be found here on the Research Navigator. 
Instructors Luncheon
In February, the BRI hosted an Instructor luncheon, as part of the BRI Faculty and Trainee luncheon series. These lunches, held by rank, provide an opportunity for researchers across departments to meet with the BRI executive committee and provide feedback directly. They are held twice a year so that all have a chance to offer ideas as to how the BRI and institutional leadership can help support investigators’ research and professional goals.   Find your meeting here.
Cancer Research Talk Series
This newly founded series provides a forum for BWH investigators working on cancer-related topics to convene, share ideas and form collaborations. Each session features short talks followed by a social hour. This month, attendees heard from Thomas Noh, MD, Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery (top head shot) and Sahar Nissim, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine (bottom head shot).
Research Roundtables | Dialogues & Discussions
All members of the research community are encouraged to participate. Please click here to quickly indicate the research topics in which you have interest .

As a grassroots organization, the BRI wants to hear from you as we set goals, create resources and prioritize efforts to best support the community. Please join us to share ideas, discuss needs, identify emerging trends and brainstorm ways to respond to them.
STAT Madness: Vote for the Brigham!
The Brigham will be among the contenders competing in STAT Madness 2020 — a bracketed competition from STAT News to find the most innovative research in the country.

The first of six rounds of popular voting in the single-elimination begins March 2 at 12:00 a.m. EST When voting opens, vote here:
Calling all Researchers, Clinicians, Scientists, and Innovators!
Electronic Submission Form Here
Do you have an exciting research topic that you believe should be featured at the 2020 Discover Brigham? Do you want to participate in this dynamic and informational annual event? In the interest of representing topics and issues relevant to the BWH community, the BRI has launched this call for proposals .

Submit your ideas focused on research and/or clinical innovation! The BRI will provide all of the logistical support necessary to execute your vision for a session or demo at Discover Brigham in November.

Did you miss Discover Brigham last year or want to look back at all of the outstanding highlights? Check out the event website here !
Research Paper of the Month
Mark W. Feinberg, MD
Director, Program in Cardiovascular RNA Biology
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, BWH
Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS
Associate Program Director, BWH Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
Dr. Feinberg and his team's findings were recently published in Science Translational Medicine . This group of investigators have made an exciting discovery regarding the connection between atherosclerosis and aging, venturing into uncharted genome territory.

"We have identified a new actor in controlling aging in the vessel wall and, surprisingly, it's not a traditional gene or protein. It's a part the non-coding genome. That was unexpected," said Feinberg. These new discoveries are also intriguing in that they will lay the groundwork in creating new and better therapies for the disease.

Read the full press release here.
Resources & Funding Opportunities
Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to our Research Helpline: