The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the recipients of its Senior International Research Scholar awards.
The SIR awards are given to scientists working outside the United States who have made significant contributions to basic research in the biological sciences. Selected from a pool of previous HHMI international research scholars, the thirteen awardees will receive $100,000 a year over five years to continue their research and provide mentorship opportunities to promising early career scientists around the world. Presentations based on their findings will be shared at scientific meetings convened by HHMI to facilitate the exchange of ideas, stimulate new research, and provide an opportunity for collaboration with other HHMI scientists.
Based in Canada, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia, the SIR awardees are Charles Boone and Freda Miller, University of Toronto; Pascale F. Cossart and Philippe J. Sansonetti, Pasteur Institute in Paris; Alan F. Cowman, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia; Luis R. Herrera-Estrella, National Polytechnic Institute in Irapuato, Mexico; Alberto R. Kornblihtt, University of Buenos Aires; Valerie Mizrahi, University of Cape Town; Isabel Roditi, Ph.D., University of Bern; Alejandro F. Schnider, Leloir Institute Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dominique Soldati-Favre, University of Geneva; Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University in Montreal; and Natalie C. Strynadka, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
"These senior international research scholars are world leaders in their research areas," said HHMI vice president and chief scientific officer Jack E. Dixon. "They will complement our efforts to support international early career scientists in a positive way. We plan to integrate them into the HHMI family, having them attend our scientific meetings and interact with other HHMI scientists whose labs are located in the United States."