Petri Dishes: From the BRI Director: June Issue

A Note From the Director

The Brigham research community is the key to the success of our research mission. Your outstanding work each day is what drives us forward towards our goal of a healthier world through scientific discovery.

This work deserves to be recognized and celebrated, so with this newsletter, we want to tell the stories of research at Brigham by featuring some of the winners and recipients of our awards and funding opportunities, highlights from our recent events and sharing the achievements of the research community with you.


Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD



2018 Shark Tank

In May, we hosted our Shark Tank, which featured researchers and innovators pitching their research to an audience of internal reviewers and philanthrophic supporters.

The $50,000 Health Technology Innovator Awards were given to Thomas Michel, MD, PhD for “Mending Hearts” and Alexandra Golby, MD & Pablo Valdes Quevado, MD, PhD for “Color Coding Tumors”.

Thanks to the Schlager Family and a late-breaking donation from Dan Tatar of the ADK Foundation, all Schlager Family Award for Early Stage Digital Health innovation finalists, Jeffrey Golden, MD, PhD, Jennifer Shin, MD, Scott Weiner, MD, MPH, and Rajesh Patel, MD, MPH, received funding.

Research Roundtable Dialogues & Discussions

As part of the BRI’s work to connect researchers to resources and to understand the needs of the community, we have been conducting “Research Roundtable Dialogues & Discussions” or as we’ve been calling them “R2D2”. These roundtables, each themed by one of our research centers, have provided an opportunity to connect with members of the BWH research community across disciplines. Visit
our website to sign up for an upcoming R2D2 meeting and check back for action items as we report out our findings.

Cores & Resources Fair

We hosted a Cores and Resources fair featuring core facilities and provided an opportunity for the BWH research community to learn more about the incredible resources available to them. The fair gave all attendees the chance to connect with researchers based on common interests or simply motives of intrigue at vast array of infinite possibilities at their fingertips.

As always, the entire BWH community was invited to attend and interact with the 29 cores and resources, as well as all researchers and research support staff.

4th Annual Lung Research Center Symposium

There was standing room only in Carrie Hall as keynote speaker, Jack Elias, MD, addressed the crowd at the commencement of the annual research symposium and poster session. The Brown University Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences emphasized the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity and resource that is readily available at this “great institution with great people.”

There was a tangible feeling of enthusiasm and collaboration throughout the day as six participants were awarded $1,000 prizes in an acknowledgment of their continued hard work and dedication. Six participants were also presented with honorable mentions in recognition of their contributions, as well.

Poster Awardees: N. Quynh Chu, MD, Daniel Dwyer, PhD, Kathleen Lee-Sarwar, MD, Nahal Mansouri, MD, Benjamin Stump, MD, MPH, and Katherine Walker, MD, MSc.

Honorable Mentions: Antonio Arciniegas, MD, Patrick Burkett, MD, PhD, Moshe Lapidot, MD, Sergio Poli, MD, Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat, MD, and Jeong Yun.