We have three great medical research ideas – but only one prize.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) is going to award its first-ever $100,000 BRIght Futures Prize to one of three entrants next month, and they’re looking for your help.

Earlier this year, the BRI asked BWH staff to submit provocative medical questions that they would like to see answered by their research colleagues. From these responses, BRI leadership selected two themes and invited the BWH research community to design research projects to address these themes. These three projects were selected as finalists:


Exploring Genome Sequencing of Newborns – to determine responsible ways to use DNA sequencing to enhance patient care.

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH, BWH Division of Genetics, Department of Medicine


Using Electronic Health Records and Genetics to Personalize the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis – to develop a data analysis tool to find out why some people with MS respond to certain medications while others do not.

Philip De Jager, MD, PhD, BWH Department of Neurology, and
Elizabeth Karlson, MD, BWH Division of Rheumatology, Immunology
and Allergy, Department of Medicine


Using Cutting-Edge Technology to Unravel the Mysteries of the Immune System – to develop a more detailed understanding of the way the human immune system works in sick patients.

Robert Plenge, MD, PhD, BWH Division of Rheumatology, Immunology
and Allergy, Department of Medicine


Now is your opportunity to promote the advance of medical research. We’re inviting the BWH community and the public to vote for the project that they would like to see funded and completed. The winner of the $100,000 prize will be the project that receives the most votes during the voting period, which ends on November 1, 2012. Visit the BRIght Futures Fund website to vote and learn more about the projects. Anyone can vote, but you may vote only once.

Although there will only be one winner, the upsides of this contest are that there will be no negative ads, any choice would be a great choice, and all the entrants are expected to eventually find the funding to continue their research. But it will probably be just a little easier for the winner of the 2012 BRIght Futures Prize.

 – Chris P

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