On Sept. 13-14, researchers recognized for their exceptional innovation will gather for the 8th annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Symposium. The event will feature presentations and poster sessions on high-impact projects from diverse disciplines.
Here are some of the top reasons to attend this special symposium:
Big Challenges, Bold Approaches. Part of the NIH Common Fund’s high-risk research program (http://commonfund.nih.gov/highrisk/), the Pioneer Award supports scientists who tackle major research questions in novel—and potentially transformative—ways. The meeting will also host a number of recipients of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a similar program supporting projects from promising early career investigators.
Spectrum of Science. Grouped by area of inquiry, the 2007 “graduating class” of Pioneer Award recipients will discuss the outcomes of their 5-year projects. Their talks will run the gamut from tools and new frameworks for studying the physical behaviors of the cellular cytoskeleton to the role of social and environmental factors in autism.
Copious Connections. The meeting is filled with opportunities for informal interactions with the 200-plus awardees who will attend.
Free and Easy. The event will take place at the Doubletree Bethesda Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, just outside the NIH campus at 8120 Wisconsin Ave. Attendance is free and open to all, with no registration required. So you can savor the whole symposium or drop in at selected sessions. The agenda, with links to research summaries and publications, is available at http://commonfund.nih.gov/pioneer/Symposium2012/.
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