The Rappaport Research Scholarship in Neuroscience at MGH

“The Rappaport Foundation’s support has become a foundation for the careers of talented investigators at Mass General, moving them closer to pioneering treatments and interventions in the field of neuroscience. With the Foundation’s commitment, researchers can advance the medical field for years to come—for that we are deeply grateful.”

Dr. Peter Slavin

President, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation has partnered with the Massachusetts General Hospital since 1991, to further the goal of promoting medical research. As a world-class academic teaching center and the largest hospital-based research program in the nation, the Mass General was a natural choice for the Rappaport Foundation to partner with to advance research activities in Neuroscience.

Over the years, the Rappaport Foundation has funded scores of clinical and research scholarships, enabling young scientists at Mass General to conduct and pursue novel experiments and evaluate results for publication. These scholarships are highly coveted positions, and candidates submit to a rigorous application and selection process to have the opportunity to work with senior level clinician-scientists and to advance research initiatives. Scholarships are also valuable vehicles to attract young clinicians to work on the leading-edge of medicine. The Rappaport Scholarship fosters an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in neuroscience through its support of multiple departments in this field. This is a unique and successful means to achieve research discoveries.

The partnership of the Rappaport Foundation and Mass General enable scholars, through publication of their findings, to share their knowledge with the broader medical community. Sharing knowledge allows their research to be further developed and refined with the help of their colleagues around the world. Taken together, we firmly believe that today’s laboratory advances will provide the patients of tomorrow the care needed to treat, prevent and potentially cure innumerable diseases and illnesses.

About the Selection Process

In early spring of each year, a committee ofNeuroscience Chiefs at Mass General, Merit Cudkowicz MD, (Neurology), Bob Carter, MD, PhD, Bruce Rosen MD, PhD (Mass General Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging) (Neurosurgery), and Maurizio Fava, MD, (Psychiatry), nominate promising young scientists for the Rappaport Scholar award. The submissions, including a CV and recommendation from each chief, are reviewed by this committee. Three candidates are selected, and information about those candidates are forwarded to Massachusetts General Hospital President, Dr. Peter Slavin, for his final approval.