LE&RN Travel Awards

LE&RN Travel Awards

The Lymphatic Education & Research Network announces the LE&RN Travel and Poster Awards in honor of Colette McDowell. These awards are for young investigators who are LE&RN Supporting Members (PhD students, medical students and postdocs). Travel awards are to defray registration and travel costs associated with attending the Lymphatic Forum 2017-Exploring the Lymphatic Continuum. Twenty $500 awards will be given.

In addition, four Best Poster Presentation awards (one $1,000 US currency and three $500 US currency) will be given to the top posters presented. Travel awards are NOT available for local participants (defined as "residing within a 25 mile radius of the meeting venue") to attend the conference. If you are not yet a Supporting Member of LE&RN, go to http://lymphaticnetwork.org/supporting-member.

Colette McDowell was born with a rare lung disease called pulmonary lymphangiectasia, where lymph fluid accumulates in her lungs, abdomen and skin. Her family and friends are funding the LE&RN Awards as they look to brilliant young researchers for tomorrow's treatments and a cure.

To apply, prospective candidates must:

  • be actively enrolled in a doctoral program, residency or accredited program of postdoctoral graduate education in the biomedical sciences
  • provide a blog post summarizing the meeting and their experience at the event
  • be a member of LE&RN or NAVBO (no member affiliation required for the JCI award)
  • reside more than 25 miles from the conference

To be considered for a Travel Award, the following information is required: 

  • Submit an abstract to the Lymphatic Forum 2017 (click Abstracts on the left)
  • Provide your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or National Institutes of Health biographical sketch*
  • indicate that you are applying for this award within the online abstract submission form (choose the one with the appropriate society affiliation; you can choose both if you are a member of both societies)

*NAVBO members are required to submit their CV upon membership application; LE&RN members should email their CV to lern@lymphaticnetwork.org by April 10.

Travel award recipients will be determined by a joint society committee after candidates have met all eligibility requirements. Checks will be presented to the recipients at the meeting at a specified date and time, which is yet to be determined.