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HHMI Awards $15 Million in Grants to Support Biomedical Scientists

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HHMI has awarded $15 million for biomedical researchers in the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a new round of grants totaling $15 (US) million to 46 biomedical researchers from nine countries of the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Each scientist will receive between $225,000 and $450,000 over five years.

"These new International Research Scholars are outstanding scientists who are studying a wide variety of biomedical problems, often with limited resources," said HHMI President Thomas R. Cech. "These grants will enable them to remain in their home countries and make important contributions not only as researchers, but also as teachers and mentors for the next generation of scientists."

The scientists are citizens of Russia (18), Hungary (8), Czech Republic (6), Estonia (4), Poland (3), Lithuania (3), Slovakia (2), Ukraine (1) and Bulgaria (1). HHMI selected them competitively on the basis of their accomplishments, potential and research plans. The scientists are studying topics that range from molecular genetics to protein folding, multi-drug resistance in cancer and the workings of neurotransmitters.

This is HHMI's second round of grants in the region. In 1995, it awarded $15 million in grants to support the research of 90 scientists, as well as their students, laboratory teams and institutions. It also organized scientific meetings in Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow and Chevy Chase that brought the scientists together. The new grants again total $15 million but will provide more money per grant to fewer people, including the first Bulgarian scientist selected by HHMI.

Through its international program, HHMI has now awarded $83 million in grants to biomedical researchers in 32 countries since 1991. The program complements HHMI's principal activity of carrying out research with its own scientific teams at 72 locations across the United States.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
International Research Scholars Program
Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Awardees
January 2001

Country/Awardee

Institution

Bulgaria

Vassilev, Tchavdar L.

Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Draber, Petr*

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Forejt, Jiri F.*

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Kasparkova, Jana

Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Lipoldova, Marie

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Pravenec, Michal*

Institute of Physiology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Sebo, Peter

Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Estonia

Kivisaar, Maia

Estonian Biocenter at Tartu University

Kogerman, Priit

Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn

Remme, Jaanus

Estonian Biocenter, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Tartu University and Estonian Academy of Sciences

Ustav, Mart*

Estonian Biocenter at Tartu University

Hungary

Buday, Laszlo

Semmelweis University of Medicine

Freund, Tamas F.*

Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Kellermayer, Miklos S.Z.

Pecs University Medical School

Nagy, Ferenc*

Institute of Plant Biology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Nagy, Laszlo

University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center

Nusser, Zoltan J.

Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Sarkadi, Balazs*

National Institute of Haematology and Immunology

Vertessy, Beata G.

Institute of Enzymology, Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Lithuania

Klimasauskas, Saulius*

Institute of Biotechnology (Vilnius)

Siksnys, Virginijus

Institute of Biotechnology (Vilnius)

Venclovas, Ceslovas

Institute of Biotechnology (Vilnius)

Poland

Jerzmanowski, Andrzej*

University of Warsaw

Kisielow, Pawel

Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences

Otlewski, Jacek

University of Wroclaw

Russia

Bashkirov, Vladimir*

Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Bershitsky, Sergey*

Institute of Ecology and Genetics of Micro-organisms, Urals Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences

Chetverin, Alexander*

Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences

Dontsova, Olga

Chemical Department, Moscow Lomonosov State University

Finkelstein, Alexei*

Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences

Garber, Maria*

Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences

Gelfand, Mikhail

Research Institute for the Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms

Georgiev, Pavel*

Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Gyoeva, Fatima*

Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences

Kolesnikov, Stanislav*

Institute of Cell Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Konstantinov, Alexander

Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow Lomonosov State University

Kopnin, Boris*

Institute of Carcinogenesis, Blokhin Oncology Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

Mesyanzhinov, Vadim*

Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences

Polshakov, Vladimir*

All Russia Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research Institute

Shirinsky, Vladimir*

Cardiological Research Center, Institute of Experimental Cardiology

Ter-Avanesyan, Michael

Cardiological Research Center, Institute of Experimental Cardiology

Tsaturyan, Andrey*

Institute of Mechanics, Moscow Lomonosov State University

Zaraisky, Andrey

Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences

Slovakia

Nosek, Jozef

Comenius University

Zahradnikova, Alexandra*

Institute of Molecular Physiology and Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Ukraine

Krishtal, Oleg*

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine

* Also selected in the 1995 HHMI grant competition. (24 of the 46 scientists selected in this new competition were also selected in 1995.)

Country/Awardee

Institution

Bulgaria

Vassilev, Tchavdar L.

Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Draber, Petr*

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Forejt, Jiri F.*

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Kasparkova, Jana

Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Lipoldova, Marie

Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Pravenec, Michal*

Institute of Physiology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Sebo, Peter

Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Estonia

Kivisaar, Maia

Estonian Biocenter at Tartu University

Kogerman, Priit

Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn

Remme, Jaanus

Estonian Biocenter, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Tartu University and Estonian Academy of Sciences

Ustav, Mart*

Estonian Biocenter at Tartu University

* Also selected in the 1995 HHMI grant competition. (24 of the 46 scientists selected in this new competition were also selected in 1995.)

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