This year’s Discover Brigham was like no other. Kicking off with a keynote, the day-long event featured seven interactive demos, eight scientific sessions, 99 poster presentations, 37 speakers and the announcement of the winner of the $100,000 BRIght Futures Prize. The event captivated and inspired an audience of hundreds of people, including members of the Brigham community and the general public. If you were unable to attend — or if you want to revisit highlights from this year’s event — check out CRN’s coverage below.
Read highlights from Discover Brigham’s keynote and welcome remarks here.
Discover Brigham offered an immersive experience for visitors with live demonstrations. Attendees 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. Check out full coverage here.
In this year’s scientific sessions, researchers, innovators, journalists, collaborators and patients shared stories and insights. Topics ranged from a revolutionary cancer treatment to hospital care at home to the “dark matter” of the genome. A patient’s family shared how a genetic discovery changes their baby’s life. A researcher revealed the discovery of a plant that produces vital blood components. Click here to catch these moments and more, highlighted by CRN’s staff.
Artzi Awarded BRIght Futures Prize
Capping off Discover Brigham, the Brigham Research Institute revealed the winner of this year’s $100,000 BRIght Futures Prize: Natalie Artzi, PhD. Artzi, a bioengineer in the Division of Engineering in Medicine, was selected by public vote for the award. Her project, titled, “Training an Immuno-Army to Fight Childhood Brain Cancer,” aims to deliver an adhesive patch that can reveal and kill cancer cells. The patch will activate the immune system by using molecules that act as “danger” signals, and deliver these molecules efficiently to the brain by using a material called an adhesive hydrogel, which can be sprayed onto and stick to the brain after surgery. Read more about her project here.