Research Awards and Honors: March 2017

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. In this series we highlight a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements:

 CorcoranRyan Corcoran, MD, PhD, of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the greatest honors for a young physician scientist. The ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists, those who translate findings in the laboratory to the advancement of clinical practice. Founded in 1908, the society is home to nearly 3,000 members who are in the upper ranks of academic medicine and industry.

My research focuses on developing therapies against the specific molecular changes driving gastrointestinal cancers and in identifying and overcoming the mechanisms by which tumors become resistant to therapy, in order to improve treatment outcomes.

Being inducted into ASCI is a great honor, and our team will continue to work toward its goal of leveraging science-driven clinical investigation to improve treatment options for patients with gastrointestinal cancers.


SinghalVibha Singhal, MD, of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit, has received the Janet McArthur Award for Excellence in Clinical Research by Women in Endocrinology. This is one of just two Young Investigator Awards awarded annually by the organization recognizing the most outstanding abstracts accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.

My research involves evaluating the impact of body composition on bone health in adolescents and young adults ranging from low weight patients with anorexia to severely obese patients. I have worked with populations suffering from anorexia nervosa, female athletes who have decreased energy availability, irregular menses and osteoporosis and I’m now primarily focused on severe obesity. I aim to dissect the physiological impact of increased fat around abdominal organs (visceral), under the skin (subcutaneous) or in the bone (marrow) on bone strength and ultimately fracture risk.

I am honored to receive the Janet McArthur Award for Excellence in Clinical Research by Women in Endocrinology. It is a privilege to stand with other accomplished young endocrinologists dedicated to making a difference in human health. It is also a testament to the great mentorship and resources available at MGH.

Congratulations Drs. Corcoran and Singhal!

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