Tags: technology , community , research and discovery

HUBweek is back again this year for a second installment of one of Boston’s biggest gatherings for the best and brightest in the fields of science, technology and medicine. The goal this year, as always, is to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn something new and experience a sense of great pride in what Boston has accomplished in the field of medicine.

For the second year running, Mass General Hospital will join other HUBweek founders Harvard, MIT and the Boston Globe, as well as 140 collaborating organizations, to host this innovation festival, which begins this Sunday, September 25, and runs through October 1.

This year, we’re happy to report that HUBweek programming will feature clinicians and researchers from throughout the Partners HealthCare System. In 2015, during the inaugural HUBweek gathering, 45,000 people participated in the festival, with over 2,000 people attending programs hosted by MGH.

At HUBweek 2016, MGH will again host a number of programs, each of which are free and open to the community (with registration):

  • On Thursday evening, September 29, MGH hosts the grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks for a conversation on medicine, race, and health disparities led by Joe Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH. The setting for this important and timely community discussion is historic Faneuil Hall.
  • On Wednesday September 28, Jerry Rosenbaum, MD and Tim Ferris, MD will co-host a day-long forum on the future of mental health. Synaptic Gap: 21st Century Brain Science Meets Mental Health Treatment and Policy brings together more than 20 of Boston’s most dynamic and visionary clinicians and policy experts to take on this challenge. Guest keynote is Ron Suskind, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Life Animated which chronicles his family’s journey in raising and connecting to their autistic son.

Other HUBweek highlights at MGH include a lively science communication competition in the style of American Idol hosted by the MGH Research Institute and featuring award winning science writer Carl Zimmer; an interactive series on the intersection of medicine and art; and “De-Stress Boston” led by the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine team on Sunday morning.

Throughout the city during HUBweek there will also be pitch competitions, panel discussions, curated conversations, hack-a-thons, a forum on ethics, and “Brew the Charles” beer competition.

Please note that registration is required for all HUBweek programs. For more information and to register for HUBweek at MGH, please visit www.massgeneral.org/hubweek

To see the entire HUBweek schedule, visit www.hubweek.org