Petri Dishes: From the Immediate Past-Director: June 2019 Issue

A Note From the Immediate Past-Director

This month was full of celebrations at BWH! Earlier in the month several BRI team members were recognized at the 2019 BWH Service Award Celebration.
Then, this week, we kicked off the summer season with two events – a Research Appreciation Celebration to acknowledge and thank all those who contribute to the research mission and the Annual Postdoc Summer BBQ to celebrate all of our dedicated post-doctoral fellows.
I’m really excited to amplify Dr Paul Anderson’s announcement about the new Research Sundry Program, which will offer some institutional support to eligible investigators when it rolls out on October 1st.
Lastly, in an effort to streamline communications, the BRI will now be sending out a single newsletter every Monday morning. We hope you enjoy the BRI Weekly and would love to get your feedback on it. As always, please reach out to with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.
The outstanding work of the Brigham research community is what drives us forward towards our goal of a healthier world through scientific discovery. I’m proud to be a part of the Brigham Research Institute leadership who support and advocate for the research community.


Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD


Research Appreciation Celebration

T here are over 4,700 BWH employees engaged in research. Earlier this week, the BRI and the Office for Research careers hosted a research appreciation celebration for our dedicated research community who work to create a healthier world through their innovations and discoveries.
A highlight of the event was the formal announcement the winners of the inaugural President’s Scholar Awards by Dr. Betsy Nabel, Brigham Health President. Four outstanding investigators were selected to receive $100,000 per year for three years through this mechanism. Dr. Nabel also thanked Richard Blumberg, MD for his years of leadership as part of the BRI executive Committee. Other awardees and grant reviewers were also recognized at this event.
Following the recognition ceremony portion of the evening was a fun and informal reception to continue the celebrations, network, and play games with colleagues over food and drink.


Annual Postdoc Summer BBQ


On June 27, BWH, HMS, BIDMC, and BCH postdoctoral associations gathered in the Toteson Medical Education Center Atrium for an annual summer kickoff barbecue.
Over 200 people registered and 170 attended the event to enjoy food, drinks, networking, and catching up with friends. Postdoc leaders plan to continue the successful event for years to come.

BRI Team Members Recognized at the 2019 BWH Service Award Celebration

This month, five members of the BRI team celebrated milestones in their careers at the Brigham. We are so thankful for their contributions to the BRI and for their work to further the mission of Brigham Health.
Celebrating 20 years of service:
Jacqueline Slavik, PhD (middle right)
Celebrating 10 years of service:
Alexandra Gallant (middle left) and Anu Swaminathan, PhD (far right)
Celebrating 5 years of service:
Amanda Czechowski (not pictured) and Sara Yohannes (far left)



New Research Sundry Fund Program

We are excited to announce that the office of the Brigham Health President, in concert with BH Department Chairs, has made funds available beginning in FY20 to support a new program to establish or contribute to research sundry funds for BWH investigators who obtain multi-year non-mentored NIH grants.
We are thrilled to be able to offer this new program to support our researchers! The official roll out date will be October 1st, 2019. For more information and FAQs, please click here or you can visit our website under Internal Funding Opportunities.


Communications Update

Throughout the year, we have been obtaining and compiling feedback in an effort to find new ways to improve how we communicate pertinent information to our researchers.
In response to your feedback about feeling overwhelmed with information, we have decided to create a new, no-frills weekly newsletter that will go out on Monday mornings. Instead of receiving many different one-off emails throughout the week, this newsletter will condense BRI events and important announcements into a easily readable and skim-able email.
We hope you enjoy this new newsletter and that it helps to de-clutter your inbox, keep you informed, and provide you with timely and necessary updates