October 31, 2007

A Statement from the NIH Director, Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Regarding the 2006 NIH-Supported Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Recipients

"NIH is extraordinarily proud of supporting 12 PECASE winners who have, early in their research careers, shown exceptional potential for scientific leadership during the twenty-first century—the essence of this award. We look forward to continued innovation from these outstanding investigators as they push the frontiers of medical research during this pivotal time for scientific discovery."

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 58 researchers to receive the Presidential Award. Since the program began in 1996, NIH has now funded a total of 129 PECASE recipients. A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/pecase.htm.

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health