WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation announced the launch of its new platform, www.phrmafoundation.org, which features new resources on its competitive research grants and fellowships for young scientists in the most challenging areas of drug discovery.
The Foundation awards more than $3.3 million per year in annual grants to emerging researchers with support from PhRMA's member companies. Recent grants have focused on topics such as comparative effectiveness, adherence improvement and health outcomes. More than 170 research articles are housed on the new website, demonstrating the substantial research efforts of past award recipients.
"By enhancing the accessibility of our grants and fellowships, we hope to foster the careers of young scientists who are exploring a variety of challenging disciplines, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer," said Eileen Cannon, Executive Director of the Foundation. "The PhRMA Foundation is committed to investing in people, programs and partnerships to advance scientific research that will ultimately improve patient care and treatment options."
In addition to past research, the website features profiles of past grant awardees who continue to strive toward groundbreaking discoveries in drug development. The Foundation also plans to update the site later this year with educational modules developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT). These resources for health care students and professionals will discuss topics such as safe and effective prescribing.
"Receiving a fellowship from the PhRMA Foundation has been an important part of my postdoctoral experience and training," said Jessica Rouge, Ph.D. of Northwestern University and recent recipient of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Foundation. "The grant has given me the freedom to delve deeper into the promising area of nanoscale drug delivery and development, which I hope to incorporate into my future career path."
This year, the Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its continued tradition of fostering the development of highly-trained, top-quality scientists to help address the growing needs of stakeholders in the biopharmaceutical sector, including scientific and academic institutions, government and the pharmaceutical industry. Funding the research of more than 2,200 young scientists, the Foundation continues to pave the way for the future of care for patients around the world.
About the PhRMA Foundation
The PhRMA Foundation has supported the field of drug discovery and the careers of scientific investigators, faculty members, and physicians for 50 years. Funding the research of more than 2,200 young scientists, the Foundation continues to pave the way for the future of patient care.
The mission of the Foundation is to support young scientists in disciplines important to the pharmaceutical industry by awarding them competitive research fellowships and grants at a critical decision point at the outset of their careers. The aim is to encourage young scientists who will be the leaders of tomorrow to pursue careers in research and education related to drug discovery.
For more information, visit www.phrmafoundation.org
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