Top biomedical scientists from 28 countries will gather at the new Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to share insights and data from their latest research on some of the world's toughest medical challenges--such as tuberculosis, malaria, and antibiotic resistance. The meeting of HHMI international research scholars that will convene September 2629, 2006 is the first international scientific meeting to be held at the recently completed $500 million campus, which is located near Washington Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Well known in the United States for identifying top scientific talent and encouraging those researchers to push the boundaries of biomedical science, HHMI has supported promising researchers in Latin America and Canada since 1991 and in the Baltics, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, and Ukraine since 1995. The Institute also gives awards to scientists worldwide who are doing pioneering research in infectious diseases and parasitology. The grants have enabled the best scientists to remain in their own countries and conduct internationally competitive research.
"HHMI's international research scholars are talented scientists who are respected leaders in their fields, known well beyond the borders of their own countries," said Peter J. Bruns, HHMI vice president for grants and special programs. "By helping support their research at home, we hope to strengthen the global enterprise of science."
Although Janelia Farm officially opens in October, the meeting there is an advance opportunity for some of the world's leading basic researchers from outside the United States to network and discuss their progress on difficult research problems.
"The campus and the culture of Janelia Farm were designed to support and encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research," said Thomas R. Cech, HHMI president. "Those attributes make Janelia Farm a perfect loc
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