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More than 200 researchers and clinicians attended the seventh annual McLean Research Day on January 20 to learn about the latest scientific investigations and discoveries being made across the hospital.
Details of new research projects were displayed on 121 posters representing basic science, translational, clinical, neuroimaging, health services, and implementation science research pertaining to neuroscience and mental health. The posters were exhibited throughout the first floor of the de Marneffe Building, with presenting authors having the opportunity to meet with colleagues, discuss their findings, and answer questions.
Following the poster presentations, 15 lead investigators addressed the McLean community in Pierce Hall, giving five-minute overviews on their recent findings.
“It is always inspiring to have the opportunity to see the breadth and scope of the innovative research that takes place at McLean and I am so pleased that the 2016 event was attended by such a broad representation of our faculty, staff, and trainees,” said Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, chief academic officer who initiated Research Day in 2010 as part of the hospital’s Academic Strategic Plan. The event is a collaboration between the offices of Greenfield and Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer.
“The goal of McLean Research Day is to increase communication by transcending the work silos of everyday life to enhance potential collaborations between the McLean clinical and research communities,” she said. “Clinicians get exposure to the research that’s going on at the hospital and investigators have the opportunity to talk with clinicians about the work they do on a daily basis.”
Said Ressler, “Research Day is for everyone who is part of the McLean community—whether they’re doing clinical work, primarily seeing patients, or primarily doing research in a lab—they get to really see the breadth of everything going on across the hospital.”
“Research Day is also successful at creating a huge number of collaborations across the clinical level and the translational level,” he added. “I don’t know of any place in the country that has the same critical mass of basic, clinical, and translational scientists, as well as clinicians, so Research Day is an ideal catalyst for new discoveries and ideas.”
William Carlezon, PhD, chief of the Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience and director of the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory, said that Research Day is an event he looks forward to each year.
“It’s an opportunity to see what other people in the hospital are doing, but even more than that, it’s getting to know my colleagues. A lot of times when we’re in the lab doing our work—putting together our pieces of the puzzle—we don’t get to see what other people are doing, so this is our opportunity to do that,” said Carlezon, “Over the years I’ve set up collaborations based on what I’ve learned at Research Day.”
Greenfield added, “I am grateful for the work of Caroline Rotondi in the Office of the CAO and Scott O’Brien of Public Affairs who assisted in launching the 2016 website for Research Day, as well as the dozens of other McLean Hospital staff who made this a successful event for our entire community.”