Scientific Advisory Board Convenes 2018 Meeting
On Oct. 2, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) convened in the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. This annual meeting, chaired by Brigham Trustee Jeff Leiden, MD, PhD, is tasked with providing strategic counsel and vision to further enhance our research. The board is comprised of basic scientists, venture capitalists and pharmaceutical leaders. A portion of the meeting is dedicated to live presentations from the two finalists of the Brigham Research Institute (BRI)’s Director’s Transformative Award (BDTA) in which the recipients receive $500,000 for support in their projects/activities aligned with the BRI’s mission.

New ROC Members Elected
In support of the Brigham Research Institute’s overarching mission to raise the profile of research at the Brigham, elected representatives help bring forward the needs and concerns of their colleagues, promote the interests of their respective communities and participate in open discussions. Howard D. Sesso, ScD, MPH, FAHA, has been elected Population Science Senior Faculty Representative and William Oldham, MD, PhD, has been elected Basic Science Junior Faculty Representative.

Urgent Need for Type-O Negative Blood Donors
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center is experiencing a severe shortage of Type-O negative whole blood. To donate, visit the Kraft Center at 1 Jimmy Fund Way or an upcoming blood drive and donate aboard the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile. All blood and platelets collected at the Kraft Center and on the Blood Mobile benefit patients at the Brigham and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To schedule an appointment and to learn more, email, or call 617-632-3206. View a list of upcoming blood drives.

‘Remembering Leonard Nimoy,’ Nov. 29
The Lung Center will host a free screening of the documentary Remembering Leonard Nimoy: His Life, Legacy and Battle with COPD, which follows the experiences of the late actor Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock in the Star Trek franchise, after his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosis. A panel discussion will follow. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Reception at 6 p.m. Screening begins at 7 p.m. To RSVP, call 617-732-5499 or email

Residents Reflect on Surgery Faculty Retreat
Second-year General Surgery residents Adam Fields, MD, and Jason Pradarelli, MD, MS, share their experiences attending the Department of Surgery’s faculty treat and the importance of trainee education. Catch their coverage of this fall’s Surgery Faculty Retreat here.