Researchers Forum

Dear DoM Faculty Researchers:

The Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (ECIBR) is actively facilitating the development of a DoM Researchers Forum to facilitate collaboration, communication and a sense of community among scientists. We offer our assistance in establishing the leadership and organizing group, and envision a small organizing committee of 4-8 members representative of basic and clinical scientists, including two leaders that could rotate periodically (to be determined) among the members.

All DoM Faculty are welcome to participate. Please watch for upcoming announcements that will include the room location (or the Zoom link if a hybrid option is determined to be necessary).

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 12-1pm | luncheon meeting | 650 Albany St, room X-715


(1) resuming the discussion on barriers to research we want to implement change for (we started this discussion in one of earlier meetings with a list of items written on the whiteboard)
(2) discuss date, strategies for advertisement and content of Researchers Retreat

September 27, 2023 | 9:30am – 10:30am | 650 Albany St, room X-715, with  Continental breakfast


1. Researchers Forum group logistics (10 minutes): goals of these meetings and ways to increase communication among members

2. Discussion on top 3 challenges the group wants to champion this year (selected from prior meetings list)  (20 minutes)

3. Research infrastructure update (15 minutes): brief presentation from spatial transcriptomics expert Ruben Dries

4. Discussion on Researchers Forum Retreat (15 minutes)


June 22, 2023 | 2pm | virtual

  1. Allan Walkey new position at UMass, leaving researchers forum leadership
  2. What do we want from the researchers forum—reflections on conversation from past year
    1. Most urgent issues to prioritize
    2. How integrate with BMC CSO activities
  1. Feedback on DOM researchers retreat concept
    1. Duration/place
    2. Time of year
    3. Who should attend
    4. Interest in volunteers to organize and lead event?
Karen and George

March 30, 2023 | 2-4pm | seminar room X715 (650 Albany St)

Welcome Note and Agenda

Please join us for the DOM Researchers Forum! 

Global Mission Statement Ideas:  Create a dynamic space for research facilitation, knowledge exchange, wall-breaking, and to connect with and build our community.  A forum to create change.
Priorities:  In-person meetings when possible, expand researchers’ voice, build community not complaints.
  • Collaboration, catalyzing new ideas
    • Foster interactions with centers, groups, innovative programs
    • Reorganizing, how link methods orphans across divisions
    • Community engagement for translational research
    • Building community
  • Infrastructure needs (examples)
    • Post award support
    • Legal
    • Library access
    • Technology and biosafety improvements
Questions to consider for discussion:  
  • What’s missing? 
  • How do we make things better?  
  • How do we bring people to the table? 
  • How do we prioritize or champion particular ideas?
  • What is the extent of funding and how is it utilized?
Karen, Allan and George

Meeting Minutes

The first in-person meeting of the planning committee, held on Tues, October 18 at 1pm, was followed by a virtual meeting on Thurs, December 8 at 3pm. Meetings will continue, 2 per year, as called by the leadership.

Oct 18, 2022 Meeting Notes

Dec 8, 2022 Meeting Notes