Meet the 2011 MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers. 

Meet this year’s awardees.

Rockefeller One of Ten Sites Receiving Renewed Translational Medicine Grants

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ten research institutes have received a total of $498 million from the National Center for Research Resources to fund the second five-year phase of their Clinical and Translational Science Institutes.

The largest awards in this second round of Clinical and Translational Science Awards funding include a $112 million grant to the University of California, San Francisco; $67.3 million to the University of Pittsburgh; $62.8 million to Mayo Clinic; and $54.8 million to the University of Pennsylvania.

Other research centers receiving the latest round of CTSA funding include Yale University ($45.4 million); Oregon Health & Sciences University ($39.8 million); Columbia University Medical Center ($38.9 million); Rockefeller University ($36.1 million); University of Rochester ($20.7 million); and UC Davis ($20 million).

“These institutes were the pioneers in this program and are to be commended for the work they have done in bridging the traditional divides between laboratory research and medical practice,” Barbara Alving, director of the National Center for Research Resources, said in a statement from UCSF.

“They were tasked with transforming the way their institutions coordinate research to make it more proactive and effective in producing real-world results, and in the process, they have served as innovative models nationwide,” Alving said.

According to UCSF, the National Institutes of Health plans to release a report on the CTSA program in August that will highlight the research that has sprung from this program.

UCSF said that the CTSA grants have supported the creation of a framework to enable researchers to “move beyond the traditional silos of science to collaborate on promising research and find the training and resources to move those projects ahead.”

The university said that at UCSF the funding has enabled the creation of “an extensive network of training and support for researchers to help bridge the gaps between laboratory science, clinical care, and improvements in health.”

New International Competition Focuses on Early Career Scientists

News from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

HHMI today launched an international competition to select up to 35 early career scientists working at academic institutions in 18 countries on five continents with the goal of helping these talented individuals establish independent research programs.

For the full story, go to http://www.hhmi.org/news/intlearlycareer20101201.html