July 9, 2009

A Statement from the Acting NIH Director, Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., Regarding the 2008 NIH-Supported Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Recipients

"These 12 NIH-supported PECASE winners are a source of great pride for the agency. Early in their research careers, these individuals have already shown exceptional potential for scientific leadership. We can only look forward to greater discovery and contribution by these gifted biomedical researchers."

Eleven NIH grantees and one intramural scientist have been selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to be among this year's 100 researchers to receive this Presidential award, the nation’s highest honor for scientists at the outset of their professional careers. Since the program began in 1996, NIH has now funded a total of 153 PECASE recipients. A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/pecase.htm. Awardees will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House Ceremony later this year.

The White House announcement is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/PRESIDENT-HONORS-OUTSTANDING-EARLY-CAREER-SCIENTISTS/.

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