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MedImmune Announces Winners of the 4th Respiratory, Immunology and Autoimmunity Research Abstract Competition
Date:11/16/2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MedImmune today announced the winners of a research abstract competition highlighting the work of the next generation of scientific leaders in respiratory disease, inflammation and autoimmunity (RIA). Students and postdoctoral fellows from across the country were invited to submit abstracts on RIA research as part of a competition sponsored by MedImmune, a leading biologics company headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The competition's ten finalists convened today at the company's headquarters to present their research to an expert panel of MedImmune judges. The three winners were announced at the awards ceremony following the presentations.

First prize of $2,000 was awarded to Eric Boilard, a postdoctoral student of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital for his research on the role of platelets in amplifying inflammation in arthritis. "I would like to thank everyone at MedImmune for sponsoring this competition. I am honored to be a winner and grateful for the opportunity to receive such great feedback from renowned individuals on the panel."

Second and third prizes of $1,000 and $500 were awarded to Irving Allen of University of North Carolina and Kerstin Kiefer of Boston University School of Medicine, respectively.

"We saw some very high-caliber preclinical approaches," said Anthony J. Coyle, Ph.D., vice president, research and development and head, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity research at MedImmune. "Their research could pave the way for further understanding of the mechanism of these diseases, and could potentially help in the development of new therapies."

"We are committed to investing in future scientists and promoting health and science education," said Bahija Jallal, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at MedImmune. "We were impressed with today's presentations, and congratulate all of the ten fi
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