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NIH Launches Medical Research Scholars Program


The National Institutes of Health is launching a new program for medical and dental students who'd like to gain "research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center." Through a partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and with support from Pfizer and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NIH plans to admit around 40 students to its Medical Research Scholars Program beginning September 2012, though the agency says its "goal is to accept up to 70 students as the program grows." Students accepted to the program will receive a stipend and other support, such as for travel to scientific meetings. "There will be a curriculum in clinical protocol development and the conduct of human subjects research, along with seminars focusing on basic and laboratory studies and their translation into clinical protocols," NIH adds.

The agency is accepting program applications October 1through mid-January 2012.

The Scan

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