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2018 BRIght Futures: You Decide Who Receives $100,000 to Fund Their Project

The annual BRIght Futures Contest, now in its 7th year, supports researchers and clinicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as they work to translate scientific discoveries into innovative medical solutions. This year’s field has been narrowed to three finalists. Now, the public votes to determine the winner of the competition’s $100,000 prize. 

How to Participate

1) Read, Watch & Share: Find out more about the three finalists to decide which project you want to support.  2) Vote: The winner will be determined by your vote on our website. Voting closes on Nov. 7th. The finalist with the most votes wins! 

The winner will be announced at Discover Brigham, an event highlighting and celebrating research at BWH. The event is Wednesday, November 7th from 12-6pm and is free and open to the public. Register here to attend. 

Learn more about the three finalists below and cast your vote for who will receive $100,000 to advance their project. 

Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Intimate Partner Violence into Focus
Bharti Khurana, MD, Physician, Department of Radiology

“One in four women and one in seven men have reported experiencing severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime in the United State, but the proportion of identifiable  cases of intimate partner violence (IPV) to date only represents the tip of the iceberg. We are using machine learning to help clinicians recognize the signs of IPV based on radiological and clinical findings in order to prevent later physical and mental health consequences. We hope to change the lives of patients and their families by strengthening the role of health care providers in identifying IPV and breaking the silence around IPV in our society.” — Dr. Bharti Khurana

The Open Anatomy Project
Michael Halle, PhD, Instructor of Radiology, Department of Radiology

“We are developing an entirely new type of anatomy atlas: An open, ever-growing, easily accessible library of anatomical knowledge built by a global community of expert physicians, researchers and illustrators. This online resource will be available to anyone, anywhere, for any purpose, for free. We want to revolutionize the anatomy atlas the same way that Wikipedia revolutionized the encyclopedia. We want the Open Anatomy Project to be home for the world’s most useful, accessible, and up-to-date anatomy information.” — Dr. Michael Halle

Time to Heal Chronic Wounds
Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, Biomedical Investigator, Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine

“Non-healing, chronic wounds, such as bedsores and diabetic wounds, can create a wide range of devastating problems for patients and their families. Our solution is to utilize a wound-healing patch, which delivers several therapeutic and anti-bacterial factors to restart the body’s paused wound healing process. This patch contains a cocktail of biomolecules and nanoparticles that can remove bacterial infection and help cells reach the site of a wound and create new blood vessels and healthy tissues. We want to optimize the patch’s healing capacity, monitor its effectiveness, and successfully translate it into clinic. This approach could substantially reduce the pain and increase the survival rate of patients who are dealing with non-healing wounds.” — Dr. Morteza Mahmoudi

For more information, read the Q & A with each finalist. 
Cast your vote today!