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National Meeting to Commemorate Anniversaries

The second Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) will mark the 40th anniversary of NIGMS and the 30th anniversary of the MARC and MBRS programs in grand style — from a panel discussion with Nobel laureates to an awards ceremony and dinner. Sponsored by NIGMS and managed by the American Society for Microbiology, the national meeting will be held November 13–16 in New Orleans, LA.

The ABRCMS brings together MORE program participants, academic administrators, grant officials, and the scientific community. The meeting features scientific sessions, professional development workshops, a student poster session, exhibits, and networking opportunities.

Anniversary-related festivities begin on Thursday, November 14 with a panel discussion titled “Leaders in Scientific Discovery: Conversations with Nobel Laureates and a Potential.” Featured speakers include Dr. Alfred G. Gilman, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine; Dr. Thomas R. Cech, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry; and Dr. Erich D. Jarvis, recipient of the 2002 Waterman Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to a young investigator. Also featured will be a panel of MARC and MBRS program alumni who will discuss their scientific accomplishments and career pathways in the biomedical sciences. Later that evening, an awards banquet will include remarks by Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, NIH deputy director; and a keynote address by the Honorable Louis Stokes, former U.S. Congressman. Kirschstein played a key role in creating the MARC and MBRS programs while she was director of NIGMS, and Stokes was the programs’ advocate and strong supporter in Congress.

More information on the 2002 ABRCMS meeting, including the full conference agenda, can be found on the ABRCMS meeting Web site at

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