March 29, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 13


Of Note


HHMI Research Day unites current and former awardees


The department of medicine will sponsor the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Resources Program Research Day April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free and open to all university faculty and staff.

The event will celebrate the accomplishments of faculty who have received grant support from the HHMI. It also is an opportunity for HHMI grant awardees to showcase their work to a senior member of the HHMI leadership.

"The HHMI Research Resources Program has had an enormous impact over the course of the six years it has been in place at the Health Science Center," said Dr. Robert A. Clark, chairman of the department of medicine. "The most important benefit has been the provision of much needed research startup support for newly recruited faculty. The availability of the HHMI funds has made it possible for us to increase significantly the number and quality of young physician scientists and basic investigators that we have been able to recruit."

The HHMI program has provided research startup support for nearly 50 new faculty, funded 24 pilot projects and supported a number of conferences, visiting scientists, research trainees and mini sabbaticals.

Dr. Peter J. Bruns, HHMI vice president of grants and special programs, is the distinguished speaker for the event. The day's activities will include poster and oral presentations by Health Science Center HHMI awardees.

Schedule of events:

• Poster display — 8 to 11:30 a.m., auditorium foyer

• Welcome and introduction by Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president — 9 a.m., auditorium foyer

• Review of posters and brief oral presentations by HHMI awardees — 9:30 a.m., auditorium foyer

• Oral presentations by HHMI awardees: Drs. Yumay Chen, medicine; Michael Escamilla, psychiatry; Karl Klose, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; and Mark Shapiro, physiology — 3 to 4 p.m., Lecture Hall 3.102B

• Distinguished speaker Dr. Peter J. Bruns presents "Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Science, Education and Now Janelia Farm" — 4 to 5 p.m., Lecture Hall 3.102B

• Reception — 5 to 6 p.m., auditorium foyer