The Phillips Society marked the 10th anniversary of its luncheons to celebrate members' generosity and the profound impact of estate and endowment giving.

More than 100 members of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Phillips Society were welcomed by Peter L. Slavin, MD, Mass General president, during the group’s 10th anniversary luncheon.  The event was held to celebrate members’ generosity and the profound impact of estate and endowment giving at the hospital.

The Phillips Society is comprised of individuals who have included Mass General in their estate plan, through a will or other planned gift, as well as those who make a lead gift to establish an endowed fund.

During the Sept. 9, 2015 event, attendees mingled with W. Gerald Austen, MD; Roman DeSanctis, MD; Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president, and Britain Nicholson, MD, chief medical officer. The audience also learned more about the newly formed MGH Research Institute from Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the Research Institute and the Elizabeth G. Riley and Dan E. Smith, Jr. MGH Research Scholar. Also speaking about the institute was Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, associate chief for Research, MGH Department of Psychiatry and the Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar.

“The support of Phillips Society members is key to advancing this creative research and innovation.”

Phillips Society’s Profound Impact

“Great science follows an unpredictable path as we have seen again and again,” Dr. Slavin said. “The support of Phillips Society members is key to advancing this creative research and innovation.”

Emphasizing the profound effect of basic fundamental research on medicine, Dr. Slaugenhaupt said MGH clinicians work side-by-side with some of the best scientists in the world. The resulting synergy, she said, means “the treatment you get tomorrow will be better than the treatment you get today.”

Dr. Smoller discussed his work on genetic predisposition to psychiatric disorders. While acknowledging that both nature and nurture play a role, he looked toward a not-too-distant future when mental illness diagnoses “won’t be based only on symptoms but on genetic information.”

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