2022 BRIght Futures Prize Winner Envisions a New Way to Bring the Power of Nanomedicine to Bear on Cancer
Ahmed Elzoghby, PhD, of the Engineering in Medicine Division, will use the $100,000 award to help develop nanoparticles to try to transform fibroblasts and kill pancreatic cancer cells
Luyckx Filters Through Solutions for Kidney Health
Valerie Luyckx, MBBCh, MSc, PhD, a member of the Division of Nephrology, is dedicated to identifying and addressing the medical and ethical challenges that patients with kidney disease face in resource-limited regions
Liu Explores How Discrimination and Stress Impact Mental Health in Understudied Populations
Cindy Liu, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine, is a leading figure in Asian American mental health research and currently studies mental health disparities and cultural differences during socioemotional development.
Transforming Bipolar Disorder Research and Care
Katherine Burdick, PhD, answers questions about bipolar disorder, a new initiative and her leadership role in the new endeavor
Insights from the Lab Lead to a New Approach to Reversing Hearing Loss
Jeff Karp, PhD, and his team have journeyed from researching how the human intestinal lining regenerates to identifying small molecules that may restore lost hearing
Cooper Pursues a Path for Surgery and Public Health
Zara Cooper, MD, an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist, and a full professor of Surgery, leads a team at the Center for Surgery and Public Health focused on advancing the science of surgery to improve public health
Q&A with Monica Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, Newly Named Director of the National Cancer Institute
Bertagnolli answers questions about the biggest challenges in cancer research, her career path and advice for the next generation
Translating Brain Maps into Potential Treatments for Neuropsychiatric Disease
Shan Siddiqi, MD, MBBS, of the Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics describes new research on mapping the circuits of the human brain
Q&A: The Impact of Sex and Gender on Stroke
Kathryn M. Rexrode, MD, MPH, and co-authors detail what is currently known about the impact of sex and gender on stroke, knowledge gaps and areas of future inquiry.
Trauma-Informed Care and Re-Traumatization in Health Care: An Interview with Samara Grossman, MSW, LICSW
Samara Grossman, MSW, LICSW, discusses how health care providers and larger organizations can practice patient-centered, trauma-informed care
Physician-Scientist Anna Greka, MD, PhD Relentlessly Pursues Discoveries in Kidney and Rare Diseases
Laying the foundation for molecularly targeted therapies, Anna Greka, MD, PhD, leads a lab that is defining the fundamental mechanisms driving kidney, metabolic and degenerative diseases across the lifespan
Shahin Lockman, MD, MSc: Collaborating on Cutting-Edge Research in Botswana
Shahin Lockman, MD, MSc, has been at the forefront of HIV research in Botswana for more than 20 years, advocating for women and children, helping to train a new generation of African scientists and to lay groundwork that has led to breakthroughs in SARS-CoV-2 research, including the sequencing of the new Omicron variant.
Q&A with Nomi Levy-Carrick: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Nomi Levy-Carrick, MD, MPhil, reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and ensuing environmental disaster, and supporting resilience through trauma-informed inquiry
Brigham Ignite: The Spark that Catalyzes Innovation
Glenn Miller, PhD, and Erin McKenna, MBA, discuss Ignite, the Brigham’s newly launched early-stage innovation acceleration program
Q&A with Beryl Benacerraf, MD
Beryl Benacerraf, MD, recently named a “giant in obstetrics and gynecology,” shares insights on her early career experiences, advice for early-career physician-scientists and thoughts on what’s next for the field
Michelle O’Donoghue: A Cardiologist with Her Finger on the Pulse of New Research
Michelle O’Donoghue, MD, MPH, has devoted her career to examining and re-examining best practices for cardiology care
A Lung Specialist on “Long-Hauler COVID”: Q&A with Bruce Levy
Bruce Levy, MD, medical director of the Lung Center housing the new COVID Recovery Center, shared insights on the post-acute sequelae of COVID-19.
Defining and Defeating Vaccine Nationalism: Q&A with Ingrid Katz
Ingrid Katz, MD, MHS, discusses the origins and impact of high-resource countries acquiring the overwhelming proportion of available vaccines to protect their own populations
Your Food, Your Genes, and COVID-19: Q&A with Charles N. Serhan
Serhan, the director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, discusses his perspective on promoting greater precision in nutrition
Q&A with Rebecca Weintraub, MD
With interactive, public online tools, Weintraub and colleagues at Ariadne Labs hope to inform equitable, evidence-based vaccine allocation plans nationwide
Ed Nardell: Decades Dedicated to Air Disinfection
As industry leaders confront COVID-19 challenges, Ed Nardell, MD, and other researchers studying airborne diseases such as tuberculosis may offer solutions.
Q&A: A Vaccine Specialist on the Winding History (and Chemistry) of mRNA Technologies
Tomás Maira-Litrán, PharmD, PhD, sat down with CRN to talk about the development of mRNA vaccines, their role in preventing COVID-19 and their promise for the future
Gezzer Ortega: Cutting into Inequity
Gezzer Ortega, MD, MPH, of the Center for Surgery and Public Health, focuses on developing and implementing solutions to address surgical inequities
Q&A with Martha Shenton, PhD
Martha Shenton, PhD, discusses her decades-long involvement with neuropsychiatric research, developments in the field and a major collaborative research project
Q&A with Lindsey Baden, MD
Lindsey Baden, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at the Brigham and an expert in vaccine development for viral diseases, answers questions from clinicians
Bisola Ojikutu: An Infectious Disease Physician Dedicated to Remedying Disparities
Bisola Ojikutu, MD, has dedicated her career to studying and rectifying inequities in infectious disease health care access
Q&A with Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc
Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, discusses the center’s mission, COVID-19 sex differences and the importance of studying the health of women
Sara Suliman: Tuberculosis Immunologist Turned COVID-19 Diagnostics Evaluation Volunteer
When the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut down her lab research on tuberculosis, Sara Suliman, PhD, MPH, brought her attention and expertise to bear on COVID-19 diagnostics
Pursuing Treatment for Perplexing Chronic Conditions
Joshua Korzenik, MD, the director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center and the Resnek Family Center for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Research, is driven by scientific questions and a commitment to patient-centered care
Q&A with Jessica Lehoczky, PhD
Jessica Lehoczky, PhD, of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and her lab are beginning to identify some of the critical pieces of the tissue regeneration puzzle with the ultimate goal of inducing limb regeneration
Q&A with Clemens Scherzer, MD
Physician-scientist Clemens Scherzer, MD, aspires to bring precision medicine to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and to drive discovery through open sources such as the Harvard Biomarkers Study Biobank
Q&A with Donald Proby, Director of OMCOSS
The director of the Office of Mediation, Coaching, Ombuds and Support Services gives an overview of the offerings now available to Brigham faculty, staff and trainees to build and sustain trusting and respectful relationships
Q&A with Cheryl Clark, MD
Cheryl Clark, MD, works to address the ways social determinants of health influence equity and the risks and resiliency factors that contribute to disparities in cardiometabolic diseases and cancer
Richard Sherwood: The CRISPR Whisperer
Richard Sherwood, PhD, and his lab are working to refine, improve and use CRISPR-Cas9 technology for new research endeavors
Q&A with Noel Rose: The Father of Autoimmunology
The discoveries that Noel R. Rose, MD, PhD, made in the 1950s revolutionized our understanding of autoimmunity and laid the groundwork for modern inquiries into autoimmune disease. But, as Rose describes in this Q&A, it took meticulous work and perseverance to convince others to take his findings seriously.
Q&A with William Sauer, MD: Chief of the Brigham’s Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
William Henry Sauer, MD, discusses his vision for the department and how an expert team of electrophysiologists are providing leading-edge care for abnormal heart rhythms that affect a variety of patients, particularly those with complex medical concerns.
Raina Fichorova, MD, PhD: Innovative Reproductive Immunologist
Fichorova, whose career spans more than 24 years at the Brigham, studies how microbes in the female genital tract influence innate immunity and inflammation. She is devoted to finding ways to ensure that all women have equal opportunities to have healthy pregnancies and babies.
Q&A with Mallika Mendu, MD: A New Day for Kidney Health
Mallika Mendu, MD, shares her reflections on the new initiative Advancing American Kidney Health and its implications for providers and patients.
Rulla Tamimi: Molecular Detective Investigating a Key Risk Factor for Breast Cancer
Rulla M. Tamimi, ScD, takes advantage of molecular epidemiology tools to understand why having dense breasts is a risk factor for breast cancer.
Meet the Winners of the Inaugural President’s Scholars Award
Four investigators with exceptional potential have been selected to receive $100,00 each year for three years to support their careers. CRN brings you fast facts to get to know each of them.
Q&A: James Muller, MD, on Nuclear Weapons as a Health Threat
Brigham cardiologist James Muller, MD, shares why he sees nuclear war as humanity’s greatest health threat, how it intersects with cardiology and how he hopes to help the next generation of physician and student activists.
Q&A with Jeffrey Drazen, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine
After 19 years as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Jeffrey Drazen, MD, will step away from that role this summer. Here, he shares his view from the editor’s chair, offers advice to young researchers and reflects on what makes the Brigham unique.
Q&A with Arlene Sharpe
Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD, a leader in the field of immunology, discusses advancements in cancer immunotherapy, her path to the Brigham and the importance of mentorship and collaboration
Sylvia Kehlenbrink: Paving the Road Toward Global Equity in Diabetes Care
Thoughtful, humble and dedicated, Kehlenbrink is a pioneer of a new wave of health: global endocrinology.
Q&A with Daniela Lamas, MD: Author of You Can Stop Humming Now
Daniela Lamas, MD, who balances her passion for journalism and the written word with her medical career path, answers questions about her career and inspiration and offers advice for aspiring authors.
Q&A with Joji Suzuki, MD: Choreographing a Patient-Provider Dance
Joji Suzuki, MD, shares his passion for psychiatry and patient care, his perspective on the national opioid crisis and how motivational interviewing can be thought of as a patient-provider dance.
Thomas Michel Sings the Praises of Inspirational, Improbably Wonderful Science
Michel, a cardiologist at the Brigham, finds ways to make science more accessible and engaging for the public – and to affirm the importance of science in society.
Q&A with Paul Sax: Infectious Disease Doctor by Day, Blogger by Night (and Weekends)
Infectious disease specialist Paul Sax, MD, recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of his blog, HIV and ID Observations, which has covered everything from baseball to HIV
Investigating the Mysteries of a Rare Connective Tissue Disorder
During a trip to China in 2012, Paul Yu, MD, PhD, had the eye-opening experience of meeting patients with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) for the first time at a specialty clinic at Shanghai Tongji Hospital.
Q&A: BWH Surgeon Reflects on Decision-Making in an Emergency
The NEJM article “Just a Cut” by Brandon Earp, MD, and her co-authors guides readers through an unusual case by alternating sections of clinical narrative and analysis from BWH clinicians.
BWH Researcher Devotes Life and Profession to Yoga
In addition to living in an ashram and practicing yoga several times per week, Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is a neuroscientist who studies yoga as an intervention for insomnia, anxiety and chronic stress.
Q&A: Introducing Brigham Health
Brigham Health was unveiled last month as the new name for the parent organization that includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization.
Shyn Narrows in on More Effective Approach to Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment
Paul Shyn, MD, is exploring better ways to both diagnose and destroy tumors.
Taking Aim at Cancer’s Complexity
Aaron Goldman, PhD, a bioengineer by day and muay thai practitioner by night, is developing a 2-in-1 punch for knocking out cancer
Gladyshev’s Quest to Understand Aging
BWH researcher studies aging and life span in naked mole rats, bats and more
A Breath of Fresh Air for Asthma Research
Juan Carlos Cardet, MD, is working to better understand asthma and its potential treatments
A Multi-Pronged Approach to Understand and Treat Pulmonary Hypertension and Chronic Lung Disease in Infants
Neonatologist Helen Christou, MD, is conducting basic, clinical and translational research to find novel approaches for the prevention and treatment of pulmonary hypertension and chronic lung disease in newborns
Finding Biomarkers for Ovarian Cancer
Q&A with Shelley Tworoger, PhD, an epidemiologist in the BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine
Stoklosa Devoted to Improving the Lives of Human Trafficking Victims
Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is deeply committed to improving the detection and care of human trafficking victims through her clinical care, national advocacy and international research.
Life-long Passion for Nature, Outdoors Inspires Researcher
Q&A with Jessica Whited, PhD, a researcher in the BWH Regenerative Medicine Center
Imoigele Aisiku Focuses on Helping Patients Who Have Sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries
Emergency Department physician Imoigele Aisiku, MD, MBA, merges his research and clinical interests in traumatic brain injury and critical care at BWH.
Q&A with Jessica Dudley, MD
Dudley shares professional advice and reflects on her own career development.
Q&A with Megan Morris, PhD
Morris shares insights on providing patient-centered care for those with disabilities.