2002 Medical and Scientific Research Grants

Grants in this area are focused on diseases and other scientific research of particular interest to the Foundation.  For medical research, 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 continued support for graduate-level physics programs helping to attract the best minds to this important, and often under-funded, research area.  (Total grants $201K)

American Heart Association, Los Angeles, CA.  $25,000 to support stroke research grant awards to faculty and staff at leading research institutions.  Part of a matching challenge grant of $1M from the Bugher Foundation whose goal is to increase by 70% the number of stroke research awards given each year.  This is the second year of a four-year, $100,000 commitment.

Arthritis Foundation, New York, NY.  $20,000 to support eight summer student fellowships.  These fellowships help promote entry of medical and graduate students into the field of rheumatology.  This summer’s fellows attended: Columbia University, State University of New York, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University Medical College, Ohio State University College of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Christopher Reeve Foundation, Springfield, NJ.  $8,000 to help support research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders.

Glaucoma Research Foundation, San Francisco, CA.  $25,000 to help support Dr. Di Polo’s research in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the University of Montreal.  Dr. Di Polo plans to test the efficacy of gene delivery of activated MEK in a rat model of axotomy-induced retinal ganglion death.  The result of this study may have direct implications for the design of gene transfer therapies that, on its own or combined with standard treatments, may promote retinal ganglion cell and optic nerve protection in glaucoma.

National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Washington, DC.  $25,000 to support the Clinical Trials project. 

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.  $35,000 to support a post-doctoral fellow performing prostate cancer research in the Department of Urology.   This is the second year of a three-year, $105,000 commitment.

Rockefeller University, New York, NY.  $10,000 to help support the investigation of Alzheimer’s disease in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Greengard.   

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 final 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 final year of a three-year, $60,000 commitment.

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