The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. ( http://www.aamds.org/ ) has announced the availability of two-year research grants for researchers dedicated to the study of bone marrow failure who seek to advance the understanding and treatment of aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Research should lead to new insights into the causes of bone marrow failure and/or to the development of new therapeutic approaches.
To be eligible, an applicant must hold a doctor of medicine, doctor of philosophy, doctor of science, or other doctoral- level degree. There are no nationality restrictions. Research may be carried out in the United States or abroad but not at a for-profit laboratory in the private sector.
Grants can be awarded to new investigators or established investigators. New investigators are postdoctoral fellows, instructors, and those who have been assistant professors for fewer than five years. Established investigators have been assistant professors for five years or more or are associate or full professors.
Applications are judged on the scientific quality of the research plan, the relevance of the proposed research to the foundation's goals, the applicant's qualifications, and the adequacy of the research institution and facility where the research will be conducted. In the case of research related to PNH, at least some funding is restricted to funding grants for medical research that help promote scientific advancements in the following areas: understanding and preventing blood clotting/thrombosis in PNH; improving symptom management and the quality of life for PNH patient; discovering new treatments for PNH; and finding a cure for PNH.
The grants provide $30,000 a year for two years.
Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the AA&MDSIF Web site.
Posted: 24 Jan 2008 02:15 PM Originally Posted: 24 Jan 2008 02:14 PM