On Nov. 7, the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) will invite BWHers and the public to learn, interact with and discover Brigham research. Through live demonstrations, fireside chats with leaders and roundtable discussions featuring subject experts and patients, Discover Brigham 2018 will celebrate the critical role that research plays in BWH’s mission.
“Discover Brigham is a much-anticipated annual tradition that showcases some of the most impactful and cutting-edge research in the world. This year, the overall format of the event has been updated to generate a more robust and ongoing conversation around research and highlight the critical integration of the hospital’s clinical and investigative endeavors,” said Marc Sabatine, MD, MPH, who will become the BRI’s director in October 2018.
Hosted by the BRI, Discover Brigham is an annual event intended to bring together the entire hospital community, as well as the greater Boston public, to educate, inspire and foster collaborations around innovative science, technology, and medicine.
This year’s event will take place throughout the hospital from noon until 6 p.m., with up to three concurrent events taking place at any given time featuring opportunities to engage in discussion and listen to luminaries. The 2018 event will offer “Research Roundtable” discussions, mimicking the successful format used this spring to foster discussion among the BRI’s centers and programs. Roundtables will be structured around thought-provoking questions with lively, moderated conversations among discussants, guests and patients. The topics will align with the BRI’s centers and programs, highlighting research in Cancer, Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, Lung, Genomics, Infectious & Immunologic Diseases, Musculoskeletal, Neurosciences and Women’s Health.
In parallel, there will also be fireside chats, panels, and a “Research Open Mic,” during which postdocs will pitch their research to the audience with the opportunity to win a $1,000 prize. Discover Brigham will also showcase research demonstrations, a poster session highlighting the work of up to 100 trainees and junior investigators, and a reception at the day’s conclusion during which the winner of the $100,000 BRIght Futures award will be revealed.
The demonstrations will be an interactive opportunity for investigators to bring their innovative ideas to life, giving attendees a hands-on look at research and discovery. BEI BWell Yoga, Stop the Bleed, and Digital Pills for Medication Adherence are just three of the 20 demos that will be participating in Discover Brigham. Be sure to check them out between noon and 1 p.m.:
BEI BWell Yoga: In a series of 20-minute group yoga sessions, Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, will engage participants in meditation and slow yogic breathing, with an in-depth explanation of the science behind it and the benefits of the practice.
Stop the Bleed: This demo will provide the public with knowledge and skills that they could use in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and his team, will teach bleeding control skills via tourniquet application, wound packing and pressure application.
Digital Pills for Medication Adherence: Peter Chai, MD, MMS, of the Department of Emergency Medicine, will introduce onlookers to the digital pill. Chai plans to captivate the audience by demonstrating the real-time measurement of medication ingestion that can be used to detect and, subsequently, intervene on impending medication non-adherence.