February 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the first AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. The Council on Research recommended creation of the research award, and the AVMA Executive Board authorized it in November (see JAVMA, Jan. 1, 2006, page 14). The AVMA will sponsor the research award to honor veterinarians for the impact their lifetime of research has had on the veterinary or biomedical profession.
The award is open to veterinarians who are currently working in or are retired from clinical practice or an academic, government, private, or public institution. Each year at its spring meeting, the Council on Research will select the recipient after considering nominees on the basis of their lifetime achievements in basic, applied, and/or clinical research. Self-nominations will not be considered.
Nominations should be submitted to the AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360. They must include a cover letter from the nominator, letters of support from three individuals who are familiar with the nominee's work, a list of the nominee's important research achievements, and a concise curriculum vitae, including relevant publications.
Nominations for most other AVMA awards are also due by Feb. 1. For more information about nominating, log on to www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/oct05/051015j.asp.