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Funding News - Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards in Translational Research Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards in Translational Research.*

The goal of this program announcement is to provide a career development opportunity for new investigators to build a program of translational research in neurological disorders under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The overall objective of this program is to attract and encourage investigators at the postdoctoral or early faculty development stage to focus their efforts on translational research in neurological disorders. This program is intended to promote more extensive interaction among basic and clinical researchers, and to accelerate the development of interventions and effective treatments that will improve the quality of life of persons with neurological disorders.

Translational research is the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease. The career development and training experience must focus on translational research, and should include the principles of therapeutics, candidate screening and evaluation, assay validation, development and use of animal models of neurological disorders, toxicology and safety testing, biostatistics, preparation of investigational new drug (IND) or investigational device exemptions (IDE) applications, and interactions with private sector companies involved in the manufacture and marketing of therapeutic drugs or devices. Although all of these elements normally will not be included in the research project, experience and training in these areas should be built into the career development plan.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Henry Khachaturian, Training, Career Development, and Referral Officer, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2154, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-4188; fax: 301-594-5929; e-mail: hk11b@nih.gov.

*For a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-140.html.