|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
"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 nationís 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/.
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible
for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers.
This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs
and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director
also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating
specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information
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Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers
and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates
the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.
For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.