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A Note From the Immediate Past-Director

The BRI kicked off the new year by continuing to host events for our researchers, provide funding opportunities, and help support investigators. We hosted many events, including our recurring events ; Carrie Hall was at full capacity for the January Research Connection LIVE Lunch featuring an overview of the Partners Biobank.  I’m excited to share that the BRI will not be providing single-use plastic waters anymore, so next time you attend one of our events be sure to bring your own water bottle!
Although Discover Brigham 2020 is nearly a year away, the Call for Sessions and Demos at Discover Brigham in November is already open – see below for more details and instructions on how to submit your ideas.

In the spirit of recognizing the caliber of our research, kudos to the five Brigham investigators and their teams with papers in the Altmetric top 100 papers of 2019 (see below). Similarly, please enjoy our Research Paper of the Month. 

Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD
Immediate Past-Director, BRI
January 2020
January Events Recap & the BRI is Going Green!
From now one, remember to bring your own reusable water bottle to all BRI events! I n 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!
Leveraging the Partners Biobank Electronic Health Record Data for Your Research
This month’s Research Connection LIVE Lunch featured Elizabeth Karlson, MD, MS, who provided an overview of the Partners Biobank electronic heath record dataset, machine learning algorithms to define phenotypes, the Biobank Portal query tool, and more. The slides from Dr. Karlson and other important research announcements and updates can be found here on the Research Navigator.
Assistant Professors Luncheon
In January, the BRI hosted an Assistant Professor 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 Marco Mineo, PhD, Instructor in Neurosurgery (top photo), and Rui Fang, PhD, Instructor in Medicine (bottom photo).
Calling all Researchers, Clinicians, Scientists, and Innovators!
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 !

Proposals are due March 2, 2020 at 11PM. Learn more and find the electronic submission form here.
Brigham Breaks The 2019 Altmetric Top 100!
"...Altmetric has tracked over 62.5 million mentions of 2.7 million research outputs. Here, [they've] highlighted the 100 most discussed works of 2019 - those that have truly captured the public imagination."
Research Paper of the Month
Thomas Kupper, MD
Chairman, D epartment of Dermatology, BWH
Chairman, Department of Der matology, DFCI
Director, Center for Cutaneous Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
Director, Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Kupper and his team's findings were recently published in Nature Cancer . Once removed, lesions from melanoma can be analyzed in order to determine the likelihood of the cancer returning or not. Until now, analysis of a skin cancer lesion has stayed relatively consistent and simplistic over the past 100 years despite all of the other advances in science related to cancer. Brigham investigators have been working on a new technique that uses DNA sequencing to make better predictions about which melanomas are likely to recur and spread. “This is a simple, elegant test. It’s quantitative rather than subjective, and it may be able to add value to predictions about disease progression,” said Kupper. 

“As recently as 10 years ago the outlook for metastatic melanoma was dismal, but we now have treatments to offer patients with metastatic disease and may also be able to apply these treatments when primary disease hasn’t metastasized,” said Kupper. This new technique will allow for more progressive and tailored patient care.

Read the full press release here.
View story from WCVB here
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