2000 Medical and Scientific Research Grants
Grants in this area are focused on diseases of particular interest to the Foundation and a growing interest in the area of physics. Emphasis is on finding a cure, developing new treatments and improving the quality of life of individuals afflicted with these diseases. Additionally, the Foundation has begun to support graduate-level physics programs helping to attract the best minds to this important, and often under-funded, research area. (Total grants $179K)
American Heart Association, Los Angeles, CA. $21,500 to support a pre-doctoral research fellowship. These fellowships are intended to inspire individuals to initiate careers in cardiovascular research and to support students conducting doctoral dissertation projects that broadly relate to the cardiovascular area, including stroke.
Arthritis Foundation, New York, NY. $15,000 to support six summer student fellowships. These fellowships help promote entry of medical and graduate students into the field of rheumatology. This summer’s fellows attended: Fordham University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Columbia University, Schneider’s Children’s Hospital, and The Graduate Center – City University of New York.
Glaucoma Research Foundation, San Francisco, CA. $30,000 to help support the second year of 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. $30,000 to support the Clinical Trials summit, "Increasing accessibility; Ensuring the best science", scheduled for January 2001. The Summit will bring together scientists, ethicists, advocates, and representatives from private industry and the FDA to engage in facilitated brainstorming and strategic thinking about clinical trials. They will be addressing issues such as: decreasing barriers to accrual, designing trials to get the best science, increasing clinical research in the adjuvant setting, and rethinking the standard of care.
Rockefeller University, New York, NY. $20,000 to help support the investigation of Alzheimer’s disease in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Greengard. This is the second year of funding for this investigation conducted in the Fisher Center on Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Greengard’s team is studying the role of estrogen, testosterone, and the apolipoprotein E gene in the development of β-amyloid proteins, the major component of the senile plaques that are a hallmark of the Alzheimer-affected brain.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA. $32,656 to support a post-doctoral fellowship in the Institute for Theoretical Physics. The goal of the fellowship is to help build the critical mass of graduate students needed to ensure the generation of new ideas. This is the first year of a three-year, $97,968 commitment.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. $20,000 to support graduate fellowship stipends in the Department of Physics. The objective of the fellowships is to assist in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students thereby strengthening the overall graduate program. This is the first year of a three-year, $60,000 commitment.
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.