Each of the seventy-nine fellows will receive $43,000 in grant support to spend a year working on a basic, translational, or applied biomedical research project at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States. The $3.4 million initiative is designed to strengthen and expand the nation's pool of physician-scientists and medically trained researchers. This year, eight of the fellows will be funded by HHMI partner organizations — the American Society of Human Genetics, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, while eight are receiving a second year of support.
Launched nearly thirty years ago, the program has helped more than seventeen hundred students establish a foothold in the research world. This year, 53 percent of the awardees are female, the largest percentage of women fellows since the program was launched, while 18 percent are from minority groups typically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
"The Med Fellows Program allows exceptional MD, DVM, and DDS students to effectively shift course and conduct rigorous research at top institutions throughout the country," said David Asai, senior director in science education at HHMI. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for future physicians, veterinarians, and dentists to explore the intersection of medicine and scientific discovery, and we hope that each student comes away further empowered to pursue a career as a physician-scientist."
To learn more about the 2017 HHMI Medical Research Fellows, see the HHMI website.