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NIEHS Postdocs Honored with FARE Awards

By Eddy Ball
December 2008

Photo of Research Fellow Suraj Dhungana, Ph.D.
Research Fellow Suraj Dhungana, Ph.D., Host Defense Group and Mass Spectrometry Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of IRTA Fellow Xiaoming Hu, Ph.D.
IRTA Fellow Xiaoming Hu, Ph.D., Neuropharmacology Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of Visiting Fellow Yoshihiro Komatsu, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow Yoshihiro Komatsu, Ph.D., Molecular Developmental Biology Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of Visiting Fellow Wataru Nakai, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow Wataru Nakai, Ph.D., Chromosome Stability Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of Visiting Fellow Fanny Odet-Radvay, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow Fanny Odet-Radvay, Ph.D., Gamete Biology Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of IRTA Fellow Denise Ray, Ph.D.
IRTA Fellow Denise Ray, Ph.D., Metastasis Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ten NIEHS post-doctoral fellows (pictured) are among the winners of the 2009 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) presented at the NIH Research Festival in October. The winners will also be honored at the NIEHS Director’s Annual Honors Award Ceremony December 18 in Rodbell Auditorium.

Winners of FARE awards will each receive a $1000 stipend to attend a scientific meeting at which they will present their abstracts, either as a poster or a seminar. Fellows submit an abstract of their research, which is peer reviewed in a blind study section competition. More than 1,000 applicants competed for this year’s awards.

The winners are also asked to present their work at a dedicated poster session on the day of the FARE awards presentation ceremony. In addition, the winners serve as judges for the following year's FARE competition.

The FARE program began in 1995 to provide recognition for the outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. Winners are chosen by the FARE Subcommittee (http://felcom.od.nih.gov/subCommittee/fare.aspx)Exit NIEHS of the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom).

Former NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Adair, Ph.D., represented NIEHS on the 2009 subcommittee. Adair recently left the NIEHS for a position at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The annual FARE competition is open to intramural fellows, such as Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA), clinical/research and visiting fellows with no more than five years total postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. Visiting scientists and fellows must not have been tenured at their home institutions. Postdoctoral-level special volunteers and pre-IRTAs currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and conducting their doctoral dissertation research at an NIH lab may also enter.

Along with support from FelCom, the FARE program is sponsored by the NIH scientific directors, the Office of Research on Women's Health, and the Office of Intramural Training and Education. The awards are funded by the scientific directors and the Office of Research on Women's Health.

Photo of IRTA Fellow Stephen Simons, Ph.D.
IRTA Fellow Stephen Simons, Ph.D., Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of Visiting Fellow Krisztian Stadler, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow Krisztian Stadler, Ph.D., Free Radical Metabolism Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of IRTA Fellow Bin Tu, Ph.D.
IRTA Fellow Bin Tu, Ph.D., Ion Channel Physiology Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of Visiting Fellow Adolfo Zurita, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow Adolfo Zurita, Ph.D., Transmembrane Signaling Group (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)



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