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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research support established independent physician-scientists who are dedicated to translational research—the two-way transfer between work at the laboratory bench and patient care. The program is intended to help reduce award recipients’ general clinical responsibilities, freeing more time for them to pursue the vital link between basic and clinical research. Most importantly, the program aims to identify and reward proven mentors and to increase their capacity to train the next generation of investigators skilled in translational research. In this way, BWF hopes to catalyze the development of a cadre of experienced physician-scientists critically positioned to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.

BWF is interested particularly in supporting investigators who will bring novel ideas and new approaches to translational research. Proposed activities may draw on the many recent advances in the basic biomedical sciences—including such fields as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and pharmacology—that provide a wealth of opportunities for studying and alleviating human disease.  For the purposes of the Fund’s award, translational research may involve studies in these broad areas:

  • Etiology, pathogenesis, and mechanisms of disease (particularly studies with direct application to disease prevention and treatment).
  • Clinical knowledge, improved diagnosis (including development of new biomarkers, diagnostic methods or devices), natural history of disease, and biomedical informatics.
  • Disease management (including therapeutics aimed at molecular targets), molecular epidemiology, and limited small-scale clinical trials involving novel approaches or interventions that provide evidence for effectiveness of therapy.

Because MU is may nominate only 2 candidates for this award, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 pm Friday, April 22, 2005.  Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should summarize the proposed research, plans for translating results into the clinical setting, and the source(s) of any required cost match.

Amount: $750,000 over a period of five years
MU Deadline: 00 pm Friday, April 22, 2005
Foundation Deadline: September 1, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in biomedical disciplines. If there are others who may be interested, please forward to them.


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