1999 Medical Research Grants

Grants in this area are focused on diseases of particular interest to the Foundation. Emphasis is on finding a cure, developing new treatments and improving the quality of life of individuals afflicted with these diseases. Additionally, the Foundation supports basic cell process research activities that should be leveragable to a broad range of disease-specific research. (Total grants $245K)

Arthritis Foundation, New York, NY. $10,000 to support five summer student fellowships. These fellowships help promote entry of medical and graduate students into the field of rheumatology.  

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. $50,000 to support Dr. Tonk’s study of protein tyrosine phosphates. This is the last year of a four-year, $200,000 commitment. Dr. Tonk is studying signaling enzymes that play important roles in the control of key cellular functions, which have been implicated as a contributor to several human diseases. Additionally the research provides insights into potential drug treatments with reduced risk of non-specific side effects and increases the understanding of how tumors progress.

Glaucoma Research Foundation, San Francisco, CA. $50,000 to support Dr. Benowitz’s research project "Retinal ganglion cell survival and axon regeneration after optic nerve damage". Dr. Benowitz, working at the Lab for Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, is researching restoration of the optic nerve due to damage caused by glaucoma. Until now, it was believed that glaucoma can be arrested but that damage done is irreversible.  

National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Washington, DC. $15,000 to support the Clinical Trials Project. The goals of this project are to increase the number and quality of breast cancer clinical trials, increase participation rates in clinical trials and increase quality therapies, detection devices and drugs for breast cancer.  

Rockefeller University, New York, NY. $50,000 to support the salary and benefits of a post-doctoral researcher’s investigation of estrogen’s effects on B-amyloid production in brain tissue. This is year one of a two-year investigation. Funding for year two will be evaluated in 2000. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Greengard at the Fisher Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and will be studying the role of estrogen in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. $35,000 to support the salary and research expenses of a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Urology, investigating prostate cancer. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Joel Nelson, Chairman of the Department. This is the second year we have funded a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Nelson’s laboratory.

VZV Research Foundation, New York, NY. $10,000 to support public education programs. The Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chickenpox, shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Early detection and treatment of this disease is paramount to reducing the severity and duration of the symptoms. This program works to educate both the medical community and the lay public on how to recognize the symptoms and the treatments available.  

Webb-Waring Institute, Denver, CO. $25,000 to support Dr. Repine’s research project "Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Alcohol and Dietary Contributing Factors". ARMD is the leading and increasing cause of blindness in more than 30 million elderly people worldwide. This grant helps fund clinical trials with humans to study the effectiveness of cysteine replacement as a way of treating and/or preventing ARMD.

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