STAT Madness has two components:
a) The Fan Favorite: A bracket that pits research findings against each other in a voting contest led by your fans. Like sports brackets, we go round by round to a championship matchup. Last year, after 50,000 votes and an energetic interactive campaign on social media, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's prosthetics research was crowned the fan favorite.
A screenshot of our bracket's final matchup, after starting with 32.
Your votes crowned Pitt/UPMC the winner.
b) The Editors' Pick: This breakthrough is chosen by a team of STAT journalists. Last year, we picked Tufts University's silk matrix for blood preservation as our winner, and the researchers talked about their work at HUBWeek, Boston's festival of the future.
Tufts University's Fio Omenetto, at HUBWeek,
holding up a piece of plastic that houses its silk matrix.
If you have any questions, reach out to our engagement editor, Megha Satyanarayana, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please encourage your institutions to enter. May the best science win!
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