At a symposium November 8 on Transforming the Future of Human Health, Dean George Daley announced the commitment to HMS of $200 million by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the largest gift in the school's history. DBMI Chair Isaac Kohane spoke about the intellectual communities that will usher in this transformation, broadly describing them as a partnership between data scientists, doctors, and patients.
DBMI researcher Michael Baym has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering. The Packard Fellowships are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used. Since 1988, this program has supported the blue-sky thinking of scientists and engineers in the hopes that their research over time will lead to new discoveries that improve people’s lives and enhance our understanding of the universe. The award, now in its 30th year, is given annually by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Grants to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions were made to academic medical centers across the nation Monday. The new awards are part of the second phase of the National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN).
A National Academies committee chaired by DBMI’s Alexa McCray has released the results of its study on broadening access to the results of scientific research. The report, entitled Open Science By Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research, is freely available for download from National Academies Press.