Announcements

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the founders of Partners HealthCare, have again ranked among the nation's top hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. MGH ranked third nationally, while BWH ranked eleventh. This achievement makes Boston the only city in the United States with two hospitals on the Honor Roll. In all, four Partners HealthCare hospitals earned high rankings in the report.

Scientists at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2010 (AAICAD 2010) today presented the first draft reports from three workgroups convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to update the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease for the first time in 25 years.

A new joint research grants program in the basic neuroscience to support collaborative research in the Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) communities has just been announced by the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center.  Applications covering the spectrum of basic neuroscience research will be considered.

Boston Med picks up where the Peabody Award-winning Hopkins left off, going even deeper into the lives of caregivers and the cutting edge medical cases they confront inside the walls of America's top hospitals. In this original eight-hour series, the unforgettable stories of doctors, nurses and patients are adeptly woven to give each hour the pace and intensity of a drama.

Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with the very earliest complaints of memory problems that affect their daily activities. The study will follow participants over time, using imaging techniques developed to advance research into changes taking place in the structure and function of the living brain, as well as biomarker measures found in blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

A Structured Interview & Scoring Tool (SIST-M)* and an accompanying informant report questionnaire - SIST-M-Informant Report (SIST-M-IR)* - have been developed for use in structuring Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) interviews with our Center's Longitudinal Cohort research subjects with no or mild cognitive impairment, or mild dementia.

The SIST-M* and SIST-M-IR* were developed by Drs. Olivia I. Okereke, Deborah L. Blacker, Marilyn S. Albert and other colleagues.

 

The Massachusetts ADRC has a unique funding opportunity for a pilot grant project to be funded by May 15, 2010 (pending project approval by the NIA/NIH) that is modelled after its recent Call for Applications for its Neurodegenerative Disease Pilot Study Pilot Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Lewis A. Lipsitz, co-director of our Education & Information Transfer Core, for receiving the William Silen LIfetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

The 2009-2010 Excellence in Mentoring Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm.

More information regarding the ceremony is attached.

MD and PhD investigators pursuing either basic or clinical research at the Massachusetts General Hospital are encouraged to apply for the 2010 Tosteson Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards funded by the Massachusetts Biomedical Research Corporation (MBRC).

Each award includes a stipend of $40,000, plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs, and are effective on or about September 1, 2010. The application deadline for the fellowship award is 3:00pm on April 22, 2010.

The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy cognitive aging and explore interventions that may prevent, reduce or reverse cognitive decline in older people.

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