Awards & Recognitions: April 2014


Jacqueline Samson, HMS assistant professor of psychology at McLean Hospital, and Martin Teicher, associate professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, received the 2013 Media Award for Written Material for their paper, “Childhood Maltreatment and Psychopathology: A Case for Ecophenotypic Variants as Clinically and Neurobiologically Distinct Subtypes.” The award, given by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for is given to individuals or groups for the best-written media that deals with dissociation and/or trauma.

Samson and Teicher’s paper explores the relationship between childhood maltreatment and the increased risk of psychopathology. Their analysis showed that individuals with depression, anxiety and substance use disorder who were maltreated in childhood have more intense symptoms than other individuals.

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is an international, non-profit organization that aims to develop and promote clinically effective resources and responses to trauma and dissociation.

The Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry Victims of Violence Program (VOV), received the 2014 Innovations Award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance for its work in developing mental health services that help crime victims and communities recover from violence. The award recognizes individuals and organizations in Massachusetts that have made notable advancements in victim rights and services.

The program is an outpatient trauma clinic for adults, that provides services including clinical support and consultation, victim advocacy, public education campaigns, and a context for graduate and post-graduate clinical trainees conducting anti-violence research.

Judith Herman, HMS clinical professor of psychiatry, and Mary Harvey, HMS associate clinical professor of psychology, founded the VOV in 1984. The VOV is currently directed by Barbara Hamm, HMS clinical instructor in psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance.

The VOV received the award in April, Victim Rights Month, at the Mass. State House.

Marsha Moses, the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents, licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.  

Moses works to identify and characterize the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that underlie the regulations of tumor growth and progressions. In addition, she holds approximately 75 patents, issued and pending, that have furthered her research.

The NAI Fellows were inducted by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andy Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on Mar. 7, at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Fellows were presented with a special trophy and a rosette pin.

Rebecca Weintraub, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been selected as a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, for her work with the Global Health Delivery Project.

Weintraub is the faculty director of the Global Health Delivery Project. The Global Health Delivery Project focuses on organizing the study of global health delivery and knowledge through a range of coordinated initiatives to design and manage healthcare delivery systems in underserved resource settings and the development of online collaboration tools.

Young Global Leaders are selected based on their success at a young age, commitment to serving the society at large and record of extraordinary achievement. Young Global Leaders serve a six-year tenure and participate in forums and meetings in the hopes that ideas turn into initiatives to help society on a global level.


Xandra Breakefield, HMS professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the recipient of the Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society for Neuroscience, an international organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system.  The $5,000 award recognizes individuals who have outstanding career achievements in neuroscience and who have also actively promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience.

Breakefield was recognized for her discovery of the first genetic mutation underlying hereditary dystonia. Her recent work focuses on characterization of microvesicles released by tumor cells. In addition, Breakefield is an advocate for the development of fellowships to support early career scientists. She also serves as an advisor to female junior faculty.

The award winners were announced during Neuroscience 2013, the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in San Diego, which showcases emerging news about brain science and health.

Amin Kassis, HMS professor of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, received the Scientific and Technological Award given by the Takreem Initiative, which honors Arab achievers.

The award is given to a professional who has developed research that impacts the general Arab population, implemented inventive programs that promote and develop new talents, built partnerships to advance science and technology or encouraged the participation of young individuals in the areas of mathematics, science, information and technological innovations.

Kassis was recognized for his work recognizing the detrimental effects of clinically- administered radioactivity, and for devising unique radiopharmaceuticals to image and treat solid tumors as well as developing blood-based tests for the noninvasive detection of tumors and other diseases.

Hena Ahmed, HMS medical student, received second place in the Association of Women Surgeons, Green Solutions for the Operating Room competition. Ahmed’s submission, “QR Code Inventory for Health Care Equipment Recovery and Resource Distribution for Global Impact,” proposed recycling operating room materials through collection and distribution to resource-poor settings through a cloud-based phone application.

The Association of Women Surgeons and Practice in Greenhealth designed the competition to facilitate dialogues between students, residents and perioperative faculty and staff about ideas that demonstrate environmental responsibility in the operating room through reduction of energy use, preservation of natural resources and/or effective waste management.

Paul Copeland, HMS assistant clinical professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the 2014 Laureate winner of the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award by the Endocrine Society. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions by a practicing endocrinologist to the endocrine and/or medical community. The Endocrine Society will divide $105,000 amongst the 15 Laureate award winners.

Copeland is known for pioneering the evaluation of incidentally discovering adrenal masses at Massachusetts General Hospital. Copeland joined North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA, and became the chief of endocrinology in 1984. During his tenure he has expanded the Diabetes Management Program and currently directs the Diabetes Management Center at the North Shore Medical Center.

The recipients will receive their awards at the Endocrine Society’s 96th Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago in June.

Two HMS faculty members were elected foreign members of the Royal Society on April 30, 2014. Foreign members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

Stephen Harrison, the Giovanni Armenise–Harvard Professor of Basic Biomedical Science in the HMS Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, determined the first structure of an intact virus particle as well as the mechanisms of viral entry and assembly. His crystallographic analyses of protein and DNA complexes have led to major advances in determining macromolecular structures. Clifford Tabin, the George Jacob and Jacqueline Hazel Leder Professor of Genetics and chair of the Department of Genetics, has made fundamental discoveries in embryonic development, identifying the first-known secreted morphogen, Sonic hedgehog, and elucidated how morphogens orchestrate formation of the human embryo.