Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards platform session

Since our founding in 1938, the March of Dimes has championed research to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

The Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards program, named to honor the first President of the March of Dimes, was begun in 1973. The grants awarded support promising young scientists commencing independent careers in basic research related to birth defects and other causes of infant mortality and disability.

Since the program’s inception, more than 1,500 of America’s most talented young biomedical scientists have been granted these Basil O’Connor Awards. A true testament to the success of the program is that many of these talented recipients have gone on to hold leading positions in prestigious institutions and made major contributions to medical science.

We will be celebrating the inauguration of a special Basil O’Connor session at the 2012 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in recognition of the outstanding leadership of Michael Katz, MD, outgoing Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs. This session will serve as a platform for recipients to share their research and findings publicly as well as to encourage new starting scientists. All donations giving towards this initiative will be 100 percent restricted to funding for the Basil O’Connor Research Program.

The March of Dimes is proud of all its grantees and their accomplishments but especially of the success and contributions of its Basil O’Connor scholars.

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