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Vol. LXII, No. 19
September 17, 2010

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A Harvest of High-Impact Science
Pioneer Awards Symposium Set

Join more than 120 recipients of NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Awards for research presentations, poster sessions and informal discussions at the annual Pioneer Award Symposium. This year’s gathering will be on Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Attendance is free and no registration is required.

A centerpiece of the event is thematically grouped platform presentations by the “graduating class” of Pioneer Award recipients, who are completing their 5-year grants. For details, see the agenda and links to research summaries and publications at http://commonfund. These talks will be videocast live and archived at

The symposium will also feature a moderated poster session by the Pioneers who received their awards a year ago as well as a separate poster session by a number of other Pioneer Award recipients. A third poster session will showcase the work of New Innovator Award recipients. Each afternoon poster session will have a concurrent reception.

The Pioneer and New Innovator Awards are part of the High Risk Research program of the NIH Common Fund. Information on the recipients and their research is at and

“This meeting offers a very special opportunity to hear a group of exceptionally creative scientists describe their highly innovative, bold and often unconventional approaches to major research challenges,” said Dr. Jeremy Berg, who directs NIGMS and is also a leader of the Pioneer and New Innovator programs. “It’s intellectually stimulating to cover such a wide range of topics in a single event. And beyond the exposure to new ideas, an exciting outcome of past meetings has been the sparking of new collaborations,” he added.

The conference center is located at 5701 Marinelli Rd. in Bethesda, near the Metro Red Line White Flint station. On-site parking is available at hourly and daily rates.

For reasonable accommodation or more information, contact Shan McCollough at (301) 594-3555 or NIHRecord Icon

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