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amfAR announces inaugural Mathilde Krim Fellowship Awards for AIDS research
Date:1/4/2008

New York City, January 4, 2008 amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced that it will award more than $1 million in the inaugural round of Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.

Named in honor of amfARs founding chairman, Dr. Mathilde Krim, the Krim Fellowship program is a new research initiative created to support bright young scientists seeking innovative prevention and treatment solutions to HIV/AIDS. Since the early days of the epidemic, Dr. Krim has been a leading advocate of increased support for research on a disease that others have often preferred to ignore.

amfAR was overwhelmed by the extraordinarily high caliber of proposals submitted, said Dr. Rowena Johnston, amfARs vice president of research. This response underscores the urgent need for support of young researchers who bring fresh ideas and vigor to the field and who represent the future of HIV/AIDS research.

amfAR initiated the new program in response to the dwindling sources of support that are available to young scientists. Yet these same young researchers are often those with the most innovative and daring ideas ideas that have breakthrough potential.

With Mathilde Krim Fellowship support, these future leaders of AIDS research will be searching for new drug treatment candidates, looking to optimize vaccine design, and even investigating barriers to a cure for HIV infection.

amfAR has a long and proud history of supporting innovative research, said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. Our new Krim Fellowship program continues that tradition and takes it to a higher level. It is also a fitting tribute to the vision and unwavering commitment to research of our founding chairman.

Since it was founded in 1985, amfAR has supported the early studies behind almost every significant breakthrough in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, including studies that were critical to the development of protease inhibito
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Contact: Donald Kaplan
donald.kaplan@amfar.org
212-806-1602
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Source:Eurekalert

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