Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Research Scholars -- Mansfield Foundation

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE MANSFIELD - PHRMA RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM (Washington, D.C.) The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce recruitment for the second group of Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars. This Japan exchange brings eight young researchers from Japan’s pharmaceutical sector to the United States each year to learn about U.S. healthcare policy, pharmaceutical research, regulatory practices and translational research. This year’s exchange is expected to include two weeks of meetings in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston in September 2014. The Research Scholars Program was launched in February 2013 and is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). In the months ahead the Mansfield Foundation will select eight Japanese researchers from Japanese public entities and private university or university-affiliated institutions to participate in the program. Applicants should be recognized experts in their areas of focus with several years of professional experience as well as a graduate degree, preferably a PhD or its equivalent. Participants will be expected to share what they learned during the exchange with their Japanese colleagues upon their return to Japan and to contribute to Japan’s R&D policy reforms in a practical way. Application forms and further information about the program are available on the Foundation’s website: http://mansfieldfdn.org/program/exchanges/phrma/. The application deadline is April 4, 2014. This program is not open to employees of pharmaceutical firms. “The Japanese researchers who participated in the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program in its inaugural year gained great insight into how their counterparts in the United States -- especially in U.S. government pharmaceutical research programs, pharmaceutical companies, and universities -- cooperate to translate research into commercial opportunities,” said David Boling, interim executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. “We look forward to selecting a second group of highly-qualified researchers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share best practices, engage in information exchange, and contribute to research, regulatory and health policies that promote innovation in the United States and Japan.” The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations. The Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a revered public servant, statesman and diplomat who played a pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia. The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.

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