BRI: Innovation Begins with Discovery

The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Brigham community are currently gearing up for the sixth annual Discover Brigham event being held on Thursday, November 9th. Formerly known as Research Day, Discover Brigham aims to highlight research and innovation happening at the Brigham focusing on science, technology and medicine. This half-day event allows members of both the Brigham and Greater Boston community to explore the science, technology and medicine happening in their own backyard.

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Kicking off the event is an interactive, electronic poster session, which allows researchers at the Brigham to display their current projects throughout the hospital.

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Following the poster presentations, Discover Brigham will feature panels and discussions throughout the afternoon. This year, Discover Brigham will be highlighting innovative and noteworthy topics, such as the microbiome, immunotherapy, and population heath. Panels will comprise not only health experts from the Brigham and industry, but many will also feature a patient—giving the conversations a different perspective. Panelists will share their insights and findings about fecal transplants, genomic editing, wellness, artificial intelligence and more.

This year’s panel on Artificial Intelligence is led by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub and Brigham Health CIO, Dr. Adam Landman. This session, being held between 2 -3 p.m., will highlight what AI currently looks like and what it’s future may look like in the healthcare space.

Discover Brigham has always focused on a wide range of areas in the healthcare field, offering those with different interests and backgrounds the opportunity to take a peek at the future of healthcare in one of the nation’s leading research hospitals. “Discover Brigham provides a unique opportunity to shine a light on the research at BWH by featuring engaging, accessible discussions around interesting topics and recognizing the contributions and achievements of our accomplished research community,” said Jacqueline Slavik, Executive Director of the Brigham Research Institute.

The Brigham Research Institute, or BRI, launched more than 10 years ago, and works to promote collaborations and provide access to funding opportunities. As of 2016, the Brigham was the second-largest recipient of NIH funding among independent hospitals, with more than 1,000 investigators working tirelessly on research projects.

Two years ago, the Brigham Research Institute worked closely with Brigham’s Digital Innovation Hub to combine the annual Research Day and Clinical Innovation Day into a celebration of the innovative research occurring at the Brigham and in Boston overall. “Research is a cornerstone of innovation. It is great to get to work with the BRI and move the discoveries into solutions to help patients," stated iHub’s Innovation Strategy Manager, Brian Mullen. Discover Brigham allows the BRI, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, and the rest of Brigham’s innovation community to come together and celebrate research.

One of the largest highlights of Discover Brigham is the announcement of the BRIght Futures Prize recipient. The highly-coveted $100,000 prize is awarded to one researcher who has been working to help answer provocative questions or solve grand problems in medicine. Voting for the BRIght Futures Prize is open to the public, allowing anyone — patient, colleague or local community member — to vote for their favorite of the three projects.

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Last year’s recipient was David Levine, MA, MD, whose project included a pilot test of the effects of receiving hospital-quality care at home, aptly named “The Home Hospital Project.” Winning BRIght Futures has allowed us to move forward with our randomized controlled trial, helped us obtain additional funding, and furthered our visibility,” stated Levine.  

This year, the three finalists have projects focusing on epilepsy, brain tumors and type-2 diabetes, respectively. Voting for the 2017 BRIght Futures Prize will remain open until the announcement at the reception at 5PM, so be sure to read about this year’s finalists and cast your vote!

The recipient of the $500,000 BRI Director’s Transformative Award will be announced at Discover Brigham this year as well. Stay updated by visiting the Discover Brigham website for announcements about this year’s awards and event agenda.

The Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, Brigham Research Institute and the rest of the Brigham Health community is looking forward to this incredible event, and hope to see you there!

Written by:

Sarah Epstein
Communications and Events Intern, Brigham Research Institute


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