Discover Brigham offered an immersive experience for visitors with live demonstrations. Visitors relaxed with workplace yoga, checked out a simulated medical bay built to model the one on the International Space Station, explored an exhibit about the most advanced prosthetics and more.
Those who visited this demo got to both learn about brain and contribute to scientific discovery. After watching instructional videos, visitors measured structures from a real MRI scan and logged their measurements, contributing to this citizen science platform.
Visitors who stopped by the Bespoke Bodies multi-media exhibit at Discover Brigham not only got to read the inspiring stories of people at the intersection of healthcare, style, and technology in prosthetic design, they got to meet them too. Guests included Maggie Baumer, clinic manager of the Hanger Clinic. Maggie lost part of her left arm in a tragic accident and had to undergo years of extensive rehabilitation. Prosthetists helped design a prosthesis for Maggie modeled after her sound arm, designed with freckles and veins. Today, Maggie uses a prosthesis she can program to move and grip — making it possible for her to pick up small objects, carry coffee and more.
All of Us Research Program
Exciting news from the All of Us Research Program, the national effort to include one million or more people in a research database to enable thousands of studies on health and disease. The All of Us Data Browser is now available in beta testing, with more data and new types of data to be added with time. The tool is built for researchers, but anyone can use it to search for conditions, find links to articles and more.
From Discovery to Development
Visitors followed the path of discovery from basic to translational to clinical advancement. Representatives from the Center for Comparative Medicine, Center for Clinical Investigation, and Digital Innovation Hub took visitors on a guided tour, highlighting examples where Brigham researchers leveraged these resources to advance patient care.
Meditation and Yoga
At this demo, visitors learned about the basic science underlying the psychophysiology of yoga practices as investigators described cutting edge biomedical research studies and then led participants through yoga chair exercises.
This demo introduced visitors to a free/open-source platform for development of natural language processing (NLP) tools known as Canary. NLP can help extract information from narrative documents. Canary is designed for people without a computer science background to develop their own NLP tools to help analyze data or identify a set of patients that fulfill certain criteria.
How to Handle a Medical Emergency in Deep Space
At STRATUS, visitors are learning about research, simulations and how they can improve patient care. They even do work with NASA at STRATUS to learn about medical emergencies in space! This demo offered a look inside the medical bay on the International Space Station and the operating suite where simulations happen.