News Release

Friday, November 19, 2010

A statement from the NIH Director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., on the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients

"I am pleased to announce 20 new PECASE winners associated with the National Institutes of Health. Although early in their scientific careers, these young researchers have already shown exceptional potential for productivity and innovation."

Eighteen NIH grantees and two intramural scientists have been selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to be among this year's 85 researchers to receive this presidential award, the nation’s highest honor for scientists at the beginning of their professional careers. Since the program began in 1996, NIH has now funded a total of 173 PECASE recipients. A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available at Awardees will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House Ceremony later this year.

The White House announcement is available at:

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