Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Safenowitz family, through ALS United Greater New York, founded the award in memory of Milton Safenowitz, who died of ALS in 1998. These awards are to encourage and facilitate promising young scientists to enter the ALS field. Fellows work with a senior mentor and receive extensive exposure to the ALS research community through meetings and presentations.
We understand attracting bright, young scientists to enter and then remain in ALS research is essential to getting to more effective treatments and a cure as soon as possible.
Fellows enter laboratories with innovative ideas that give fresh perspectives on current work. With funding, fellows can effectively test those ideas, many of which have resulted in brilliant work and publications in top scientific journals.
Fellows obtain the experience they need to establish their own ALS research laboratories to continue moving their exciting ideas toward the clinic.
That is why we are proud to support the development of bright, young scientists through the Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship. After completing this fellowship, more than 75% of the awardees stay in ALS research. They go on to establish their own laboratories to continue studying ALS and mentor more ALS researchers along the way. The rest of our Safenowitz fellowship program graduates go on to careers in the biomedical industry, nonprofits, and medical writing, with many still staying in the ALS space.
Collaboration is highly encouraged between awarded fellows. To foster this collaborative environment, ALS United Greater New York sponsors the Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium and awards ceremony in New York City. Bi-annually, the fellows gather to share research ideas through short presentations covering their research projects.