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Prion mentorship award recognizes Dr Donald Rix


Vancouver, BC – Dr Donald Rix (1931-2009), was the first chairman of PrioNet Canada and a leader and advocate of prion science in Canada. In recognition of the contributions he made to furthering prion research in Canada and his exceptional mentoring abilities, PrioNet Canada (PrioNet) and the Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) have announced that they are offering a one-time mentorship award.

The Dr Don Rix Memorial Prion Mentorship Award will support an outstanding prion researcher to mentor a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or young professional in prion research.

A one-time award of $20,000 over one year will be made to the mentor to support mentoring activities. The award must commence no later than January 1, 2011.

The mentor will be responsible for the direction and use of funds, in support of the awardee’s prion research endeavors on a currently funded PrioNet and/or APRI research project for costs including training, research operating costs, books, and travel and expenses for a conference approved by the mentor.

For eligibility and other criteria, visit www.prionetcanada.ca. Applications are due June 30, 2010.