On 4-5 November 2013, Craig Mello, awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, participated in the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative, a global program that brings Nobel Laureates to universities and research centers to inspire and engage young scientists, the scientific community and the public.
Carig Mello visited Maryland, United States, as part of the 2013 Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative. There he met researchers from University of Maryland, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and AstraZeneca MedImmune Campus in Gaithersburg.
The Initiative is organized by Nobel Media AB, the company managing media rights for the Nobel Prize, in partnership with AstraZeneca, a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company that focuses on scientific leadership as a key strategic priority. The partners have conducted similar events in China, India, Europe, and the US. This is the first such event in Russia and is hosted by AstraZeneca Russia.