NEW YORKThe Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has established
the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award Program, a $12
million initiative to fund the research teams of four eminent
scientists studying cancer, AIDS, heart disease, and sickle cell
anemia and related blood disorders. Recipients of the first awards
are expected to be named in late 1999.
Each funded researcher will receive a grant of up to $600,000 a year
for 5 years. Awardees will focus on bench to bedside
research. They will be expected to play a major role in their
institutions in bridging the gap between bench science and clinical
research and promote the development of a new generation of clinical scientists.
The Foundation will solicit application submissions from senior
clinical scientists at the 25 medical schools that receive the
greatest amount of support from the National Institutes of Health in
each of the four disease areas.