This issue of Brown Medicine features a story on one of the hottest research areas in science: the microbiome.
At Brown, we dipped a toe into this area last year when we recruited Shipra Vaishnava and Peter Belenky to our faculty, and you’ll meet them in this story. To facilitate microbiome research, we invested heavily in outfitting a new germ-free laboratory space. It’s an exciting field that might hold the key to some of our most pressing health issues, and it’s exactly the type of promising, high-impact research that we need to do more of.
To that end, we are working steadfastly on increasing funding for research, through both federal grants and philanthropy. We’re working specifically on some large federal grants for clinical and translational research that would drastically improve our ability to bring basic science discoveries into the clinical realm. Our end goal is to convert this knowledge into treatments and therapies for our patients.
With the BrownTogether campaign in full swing, we are calling on our alumni, parents, and friends to join us in this enterprise. Also in this issue is a summary of our Match Day events. We are about to send another cohort of Brown trained physicians out into the world. We’re proud of these graduates, and as they shift from students to alumni, we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.
Jack A. Elias, MD
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences