Newborn DNA Sequencing – Should it become part of every baby’s future?

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital October 25, 2016

The BabySeq Project, a Boston-based study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, is exploring the impact of genomic sequencing on newborn infants and their families.

Will future routine newborn wellness screening include sequencing of the baby’s genome? Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) are leading a study to determine if knowing the results of a newborn’s genetic sequencing is beneficial to the health and wellbeing of babies and their families. Early findings of the BabySeq Project, a Boston-based study exploring the impact of genomic sequencing on newborn infants and their families, were released last week at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

“We have made some very interesting – and in some cases surprising – observations to date,” said Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist in the Division of Genetics at BWH and co-leader of the BabySeq Project. Read More »

2013 BRIght Futures Prize: Promoting Innovative Medical Research

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital October 15, 2013

Dr. Robert C. Green, winner of the first BRIght Futures Prize.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is routinely recognized as one of the top academic medical centers in the country. Last year, the BWH Biomedical Research Institute launched the annual $100,000 BRIght Futures Prize competition to support innovative research that is both compelling and promising to an audience that extends beyond just scientists. The competition is intended to generate excitement and motivation within the research community, while heightening the visibility of BWH research worldwide. It supports researchers as they work to answer provocative questions and better meet today’s medical needs.

The three finalists were selected through a rigorous two-step peer review process, and the winner will be determined by public voting. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite research project by visiting bwhresearchday.partners.org. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremonies at the 2nd annual BWH Research Day on November 21. This event has the same goal of raising awareness and celebrating research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Registration is open not only to internal employees, but any individuals interested in learning more about the comprehensive science that goes on at the institution every day. Patients, local scientists, health care professionals, and industry collaborators all come together to interact with and learn more from BWH investigators and clinicians. Topics of focus this year include technology and innovation, personalized medicine, neuro-degeneration, and allergies, among others.

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