Leading biomedical researchers from 10 countries will meet in Warsaw on June 24-27 to present their latest work on cancer, brain functions, viral diseases and other topics. The scientific meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw is the second gathering of the International Research Scholars of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) selected from more than 2,000 applicants in 1995.

HHMI, the largest philanthropy in the United States, has organized the meeting to highlight the important biomedical research being carried out throughout the region. The four-day conference opens on the evening of June 24 with remarks by Polish scientific leaders and Dariusz Rosati, minister of foreign affairs, and a keynote address by HHMI President Purnell Choppin. The next evening features a discussion about current science policy in Poland. The rest of the conference is devoted primarily to talks by the scientists about their recent research. The meeting is in English; a detailed agenda is available.

A press conference in Polish will be held for reporters at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, in Room A at the Sheraton Hotel. English translations will be available.

In 1995, HHMI awarded five-year grants totaling $15 million (U.S.) to support research by the scientists at their own institutions. Two-thirds of the grants also promote joint research with collaborating scientists in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Australia. The International Research Scholars are citizens of Russia (35), Hungary (14), Czech Republic (12), Poland (10), Slovak Republic (6), Lithuania (3), Ukraine (3), Estonia (2), Belarus (1) and Latvia (1). Since 1991, the Institute has awarded this and three other rounds of grants totaling $53 million to support the research of International Research Scholars in 19 countries worldwide.

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