Wednesday, February 17, 2016


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 MANSFIELD-PHRMA RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM (Washington, D.C.) The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce recruitment for the fourth group of Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars. The Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program brings eight young researchers from Japan’s pharmaceutical research and development field to the United States each year to learn about U.S. healthcare policy, with a focus on translational research. The program was launched in 2013 and is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Over the next few months the Mansfield Foundation will select eight Japanese researchers from Japanese national institutes 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. The program is not open to employees of pharmaceutical firms. Researchers selected for the program will participate in two weeks of meetings and site visits in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston in mid-September 2016. When they return to Japan the researchers will be expected to share what they learned during the exchange with their Japanese colleagues, to utilize their experience in their work, and to contribute to Japan’s R&D policy reforms and medical innovation in a practical way. Application forms and further information about the program are available on the Foundation’s website: The application deadline is April 15, 2016. “The Mansfield Foundation is delighted to be recruiting a fourth group of researchers for the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program,” said Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. “The young Japanese researchers who have participated in this program since it was launched are already demonstrating the value of this opportunity to share information and best practices with senior experts in the United States. We are pleased they are using the experiences, networks, and information gained from the program to promote collaboration within the science community and to make changes in their research and their institutions. We are confident the fourth group of Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars also will play an important role in efforts to advance pharmaceutical development and medical innovation in 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 was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a remarkable 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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