Coinciding with Boston’s first-ever HUBweek, the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) will host Discover Brigham on October 7. This all-day event will take place across the hospital and will bring together the BWH community and the greater Boston healthcare ecosystem to educate, inspire and foster collaborations around innovative science, technology and medicine.
Discover Brigham will highlight and celebrate the contributions of the 1,300 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and 1,700 physicians in the BWH community. Sessions will highlight work on cutting-edge topics spanning research and clinical disciplines with the potential to change health care, including sleep medicine, trauma, wearables and consumer health. The day’s events – including a poster session, panel discussions and awards ceremony – are free and open to the public.
This year’s event will bring together Clinical Innovation Day – held for the last two years in the spring – and Research Day – held for the last three years in November.
“Discover Brigham gives our community the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the progress and discoveries being made across BWH. We are deeply proud of BWH’s role as an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research, and this event gives us a chance to share that research with our community, our collaborators and the general public,” said Jacqueline Slavik, PhD, executive director of the BRI.
Discover Brigham will have 12 sessions that fall within two tracks representing the continuum of research and innovation at BWH. The ‘Innovation’ track will highlight the future of medicine, wearables, the funding landscape, and consumer health among other innovations in clinical care. The ‘Discovery’ track will highlight breakthroughs in sleep medicine, mental and behavioral health, bioengineering, newborn medicine, allergy and trauma innovation.
Session topics include:
Sleepless in Boston: find out if using your electronic readers at night may be preventing you from falling asleep, and why it is so beneficial for athletes to take a nap on game day.
Show Me the Money: hear from leading venture capital investors about the latest trends and promising areas of funding opportunities for clinical investigators.
Wearables and the Data Deluge: get a peek into the rapidly changing world of wearables and find out how BWH clinicians are incorporating wearable into patient care.
Technology and the Beautiful Mind: gain insights into the intersection of technology, imaging, clinical trials and find out about psychiatric research and the potential impact of advances in these areas on mental and behavioral health.
This event will also feature notable moderators and speakers. Guest moderators will include Maria Konnikova, author and contributing writer at The New Yorker; Mallika Marshall, MD, medical reporter for WBZ TV; Brian Gormley, special writer for The Wall Street Journal and many more. Speakers include BWH researchers and clinicians including Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders; David Silbersweig, MS, chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Terrie Inder, MD, MBChB, chair of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and other leaders in their respective fields.
“We have an all star line up of panelists and moderators for our events: clinical experts, leaders from industry, promising health care startups, talented bioengineers and more,” said Lesley Solomon, executive director of Brigham iHub. “We’re thrilled that Discover Brigham will bring everyone together around big ideas that have the potential to transform medicine.”
The day will conclude with the highly anticipated awards ceremony where a total of more than $1.2 million will be awarded through the BRI Director’s Transformative Awards, the fourth annual BRIght Futures Prize, the Stepping Strong Innovator Award and the Research Excellence Awards, followed by a reception celebrating the BRI’s tenth anniversary.