Cast Your Vote to Support Medical Research and Innovation

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 11, 2014

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) third annual Research Day is Thursday, November 20, 2014. A highlight of the BWH Research Day is the announcement of the winner in the BRIght Futures Prize competition.

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Kidney Transplant Patient Advocates for Kidney Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital December 10, 2013

Bermuda native Pauleter Stevens is a vocal advocate for kidney health.

In the past two decades, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) kidney transplant recipient Pauleter Stevens has become a devoted advocate for kidney health and disease prevention. A Bermuda native who works for the island’s Department of Health, Pauleter was first diagnosed with kidney failure in 1994, after a strep throat infection spread to her kidneys.

“It all started with a sore throat,” she said. “I was pursuing a master’s in education in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1993. My doctor discovered that strep bacteria had traveled to my kidneys.”

As Pauleter is legally blind, she decided to return home to Bermuda to undergo dialysis with the support of her family close by. Dialysis is a process that removes waste and excess water from the blood when the kidneys are no longer able to. It required Stevens to be connected to a machine three days per week for three hours at a time. Suddenly, every daily task and decision required planning in advance.

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Pancreas Transplant – Short Trip to a Big Reward

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital October 22, 2013

Dr. Sayeed Malek (pictured) and Dr. Stefan Tullius performed the first pancreas transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

In terms of physical distance, John McDermott, 62, didn’t have to venture very far to become the first pancreas transplant recipient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

John was sitting at his desk at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he has worked as a pharmacist for more than 40 years, when he received the call in the spring of 2007 to come to BWH for a new pancreas. He could have hung up the phone and immediately walked to the BWH operating room across the street, but that would have led to many anxious hours waiting for his new pancreas and the surgical team to be ready. Instead, he drove a few miles to his home in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Dorchester to wait with his wife Chris and have a bite to eat before heading back to BWH.

He had a right to be anxious. He had been living with type 1 diabetes since he was 14 years old, and now he had the opportunity to eliminate a condition that not only reduced his quality of life, but was, in his case, also life threatening.

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A Link between Melatonin Levels and Diabetes?

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 18, 2013

The amount of melatonin a person secretes during sleep may predict their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.

Many of us take melatonin to get a good night’s sleep. Now, new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) suggests that melatonin may play another important role in our health. Led by Dr. Ciaran McMullan, a researcher in the Renal (Kidney) Medicine Division in the Department of Medicine at BWH, the study finds that the amount of melatonin a person secretes during sleep may predict their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the brain and secreted into your bloodstream. Melatonin, mainly produced at night, helps regulate your body’s sleep cycles.

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Thank You, Dr. Murray

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital December 19, 2012

Pamela and Patrick, parents of Alanna (donor) and Ryan (recipient), with their transplant surgeon, Dr. Craig Lillehei, at Boston Children's Hospital last year.

Dr. Joseph Murray, who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1990 for his contributions to the field of human organ transplantation, passed away on November 26, 2012. He was 93 years old. A gifted surgeon, brilliant scientist, and devoted teacher, Dr. Murray and his team completed the first successful human organ transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in 1954, helping to forge the path for a new field in medicine that has since saved countless lives. Dr. Murray’s work has special meaning for a member of the BWH Marketing team, who shared her story.

When I first starting working at BWH, I was on my way to a meeting when I came across the display about Dr. Joseph E. Murray. I’d long been aware of his pioneering work in kidney transplants, but standing there reading about it and seeing his Nobel  medal in person was quite a moving experience for me.

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