The American Diabetes Association has just announced an initiative called Pathways to Stop Diabetes. Here is a brief snippet from their website about the program's intentions.
We realize that it takes more than natural talent for young researchers to realize their full potential. It takes comprehensive support every step of the way. To make the career commitment to diabetes research attractive, fulfilling and rewarding, Pathway to Stop Diabetes will provide that support in every way.
I think that it's very exciting to see such a large organization thinking about research in a different way. It's also encouraging to see that program financially backed so significantly by pharma companies. I hope you can take a few minutes to learn more about Pathway.
If you are a brilliant young scientist, are raising one or know a young researcher that may be interested in being at the forefront of discovery. Please consider diabetes research as your field of focus. Pathway offers researchers mentoring, grants and much more. Who knows, maybe you're the next Frederick Banting, MD.
More blurbs from the Pathway to Stop Diabetes website:
"Our vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, then provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries."
"Diabetes research is critically underfunded. Twice as many Americans have diabetes as have cancer. Diabetes is over 20 times more prevalent than HIV/AIDS. Yet National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for diabetes is 1/5 that of cancer and 1/3 that of AIDS. On a per-person-affected basis, diabetes funding is a rounding error in comparison. This difference has persisted for decades." - more
Arden's Day wishes the Pathway program a very successful (but hopefully short) life!