T H E   N I H   C A T A L Y S T     S E P T E M B E R   –  O C T O B E R   2003


The following announcements arrived too late for inclusion in the print version of the September-October 2003 Catalyst—but on time for online.


The next NCCAM Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine will take place Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 12:00–1:00 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium, Building 10.http://nccam.nih.gov/news/lectures/index.htm

Norman R. Farnsworth, director of the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, will speak on "Herbal Medicine: Ancient Practice Meets Modern Science."

The lecture will be videocast. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Kate Haessler at 301-348-1662 or by e-mail.


The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the NIH Virology Interest Group, and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), FDA, announce the  Fourth Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology. The deadline for receipt of applications is  October 15, 2003.

This award has been established to recognize an outstanding research accomplishment by a postdoctoral fellow or research trainee working in the field of Virology at NIH. The award honors Salzman's 40-year career in virology research and his mentoring accomplishments. The winning fellow will receive a plaque and an unrestricted gift of $2,500; the mentor will receive a plaque. Certificates of honorable mention will be received by finalists.

Eligible candidates are postdoctoral fellows or other research trainees in intramural NIH, CBER, or SAIC laboratories. They must  have obtained their professional degree after October 15, 1997. The research submitted must have been done under the mentorship of an NIH, CBER, or SAIC scientist. Previous applicants are encouraged to update their applications and resubmit, if eligible. Award selection will be based on the importance of the applicant's research contribution to the field of basic virology, with special emphasis on creativity and rigor. Applications will be judged by a selection committee of distinguished scientists from NIH and other institutions.

The award will be presented at the November  20, 2003, Norman P. Salzman Virology Symposium at NIH. The winner is expected to give a 20-minute presentation based on the award-winning abstract. The symposium will also feature other prominent speakers in the field. A reception will follow. To register, visit this website.

Fellows should apply by submitting the following materials directly in the body of an e-mail addressed to  Barney Graham. A header section should contain the following information: applicant's name, laboratory, institute or affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address. The same information for the mentor should be listed. The header section should be followed by the title and abstract (maximum length: 400 words) that describes the research. A list of the applicant's relevant publications (maximum: 5) and meeting presentations should be included. Please note that special characters will not transmit by e-mail and should be spelled out.

Information about the award and symposium can be found on the Virology Interest Group website.

Please contact Barney Graham for clarifications or further information.



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