First ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Award

Original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases (application deadline 1 May 2008).

The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the newly established ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Award. Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a PubMed-listed journal, or submitted to another assessing body (e.g. a Thesis Committee) in 2006 or later.

Candidates should be based in Europe (EU or EFTA country), have completed a veterinary or biomedical curriculum, but should not yet have achieved a PhD or Diplomate status.
Applications should be made in English in an electronic format and include a short abstract (max. 500 words) of the work the applicant wishes to submit, as well as a short curriculum vitae and two personal references. Any relevant publications and/or dissertation on the topic should be included. The deadline for submission is 1 May 2008.
The award of 1000 € is funded by Merial and will be presented by the ABCD at the congress of the European Society of Feline Medicine (ESFM) in Edinburgh, held from 25 to 28 September 2008. The award winner will be informed and receive a complimentary registration to this congress. Return travel expenses and accommodation will also be covered to allow the laureate to attend the event. The award will be given at the winner’s presentation of his/her findings at this event.
Application forms and detailed rules can be downloaded from the ABCD web site (www.abcd-vets.org)
For further information, please contact Karin de Lange, ABCD secretary, karin.delange@abcd-vets.org

Notes to Editors:
 The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) is an independent panel of 17 leading veterinarians from ten European countries, with an expertise in immunology, vaccinology and/or feline medicine. The ABCD was set up to compile guidelines for the prevention and management of major feline infectious diseases in Europe, based on current scientific knowledge. For more information, please visit www.abcd-vets.org.

 Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs more than 5,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2007 sales were nearly $2.5 billion. Merial Limited is a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis. For more information, please see www.merial.com

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