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STAT Madness Winners
Every year, top researchers and academic groups from across the US compete in our STAT Madness tournament. See who’s taken home the crown!

2023 Bracket  |  Official Rules  |  FAQ


Voting for 2023 is now open!

Be sure to head over to our bracket, create an account or login, and then submit your vote for the most interesting project of 2023!

2022 Champion & Summit Audience Choice Winner

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was the winner, for its research on mice that “sweat out” fat.

2021 Champion

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Researchers pursuing novel treatments for herpes infections and diabetes win STAT Madness.

editors’ pick

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

An HIV lab’s pivot to develop a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine wins STAT Madness ‘Editors’ Pick’.

2020 Champion

MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

A team from MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research engineered a fluorescing carbon nanotubule to better see tiny ovarian cancer tumors.

editors’ pick

University of California + University of Chicago Booth’s School of Business

Discovery of racial bias in health care AI wins STAT Madness ‘Editors’ Pick’.

2019 Champion

University of Michigan

Michigan tops STAT Madness voting with a potential treatment for tinnitus.

editors’ pick

Whitehead Institute

The team, led by Shawn Liu, invented a form of genome editing that might one day treat the most complicated of human diseases: those affecting the brain.

2018 Champion

East Carolina University

A team of researchers from East Carolina University won the crowd favorite with a study finding that adding a protein to oxygen-starved cardiomyocytes helps them stave off injury from heart attack.

editors’ pick

MD Anderson Center

A research team from Texas that is studying how our gut microbes help us respond to cancer therapy wins the Editors’ Pick in STAT Madness.

2017 Champion

University of Pittsburgh + University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

A prosthetic arm that can ‘feel’ is 2016’s most innovative idea.

editors’ pick

Tufts University

Silk can preserve blood samples at almost any temperature, potentially allowing diagnostic tests in places without access to refrigeration.