László Csanády, M.D., Ph.D. of Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, is one of the 28 top biomedical scientists from 12 countries who receive the first International Early Career Scientist award of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one of the US’s largest philanthropies.
“These are the people who, 10 years from now, we expect will be the scientific leaders in their countries,” HHMI President Robert Tjian says. “This program is about building connections internationally,” says Edwin W. McCleskey, a scientific officer at HHMI who helps run the IECS program. “We have chosen talented people who we feel can build connections with our scientists.” The awards are designed to help support these world-class scientists during the first years of their career, when getting funding and starting up a lab can be difficult. The 28 scientists were chosen from among 760 applicants.