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September 1, 2006
01 Sep 2006: NIEHS Awards $3.6 Million to Outstanding New Environmental Scientists
Today, grants for $3.6 million will be awarded to exceptionally talented and creative new scientists who are pursuing careers in environmental health research, according to David A. Schwartz, M.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Known collectively as the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award, the initial grants will support eight early career scientists over a five-year period.
"The ONES Program is designed to provide a strong foundation for outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers," said Schwartz. "These grants will assist the scientists in launching innovative research programs that focus on human disease and the influence of the environment."
The program is a key element of the NIEHS 2006 Strategic Plan, a five-year blueprint for identifying and funding new research initiatives that will address the diseases and environmental exposures that are likely to have the greatest impact on human health. One of the primary goals of the plan is the recruitment and training of promising young scientists who are prepared to make long-term commitments to environmental health research.
Research supported by the ONES grants will cover a broad range of environmental exposures along with the biological responses they elicit. Each of the awardees will focus on a specific human disease or condition as it relates to a specific environmental exposure. The ultimate goal of the research is to link the effects of these exposures to the cause, moderation or prevention of environmentally-related diseases.
The following is a list of the 2006 ONES Program awardees:
"These scientists will focus on diseases for which there seems to be a strong environmental component, as well as exposures that hold the most promise for clarifying their underlying causes," said Schwartz. "This knowledge will improve our ability to identify important environmental hazards and improve the clinical outcome of environmentally related diseases."
For more information about the NIEHS Strategic Plan, please visit: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/strategicplan/index.cfm.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health. For more information on environmental health topics, please visit our website at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/ (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) - The Nation's Medical Research Agency - includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov/ (http://www.nih.gov/) .