Each year, trainees and recent doctoral graduates are encouraged to apply for WORLDSymposium’s Young Investigator Award that provides a partial scholarship to attend WORLDSymposium™. New this year: To increase opportunities for basic scientists to present their research, WORLDSymposium™ is offering ten (10) Young Investigator Awards specifically for Basic Science Abstracts. Graduate students and those who are within the first 3 years after completing a graduate degree are eligible. Those who submit an abstract as the first-author will be considered eligible for the award, and will be selected by the Program Committee on the basis of the content of the abstract. Abstract Submissions for the 14th Annual WORLDSymposium™ opened on July 1, 2017. The Program Committee will select awardees from the first authors of abstracts submitted by the October 1, 2017 deadline. All eligible applicants will be notified by November 15, 2017 of the status of their application for the award. The Young Investigator and New Treatment Award presentations will occur at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018. This will be followed by a WORLDSymposium™ opening reception in the exhibit hall at 5:30 p.m.