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SHARP Awards are consortium efforts

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by Admin

Mayo Clinic was one of four institutions recently named as recipients of a SHARP award  by the Department of Health and Human Services. SHARP stands for Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects. A total of $60 million was awarded. Some of the briefer announcements of this award didn't make clear that the institutions share this funding (in Mayo's case, $15 million over five years) with a consortium of public and private research collaborators that came together to submit the grant applications. In other words, each recipient institution "hosts" the award. We offer this in clarification as there's been some apparent confusion. The other three institutions are Harvard University, the University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of Illinois.

Mayo Student to Network with Nobel Laureates

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by Admin

A lot of people envy Doug Martin. I know I do. In June he gets to fly off to Europe - to Lindau, Germany, specifically - to hobnob with some of top researchers in the world. It's the 60th meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Doug is one of 77  young researchers from the United States who have been invited to attend. Doug is part of the M.D.-Ph.D. program in the Mayo Graduate School and works in the laboratory of Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

The Nobel Laureates have been meeting every year since 1951 in part to inform, educate and, especially, inspire a younger generation of researchers. These scientists - chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology -  welcome, present, and interact with their junior guests. More than 20,000 young people apply to attend every year; the review panel considers about 1500 and only 500 are chosen. The meeting web site calls these people "the budding scientific elite"  of their countries. Sixty-one laureates are scheduled to participate.  I can just imagine all the cell phone snapshots.  Our congratulations to Doug. We'll be expecting a report.