Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards $3 Million to 30 Bowel Disease Research Projects

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards $3 Million to 30 Bowel Disease Research Projects
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $3 million to scientists who will be pursuing 30 innovative inflammatory bowel disease projects. Those who received the Innovator Awards will be working on projects that could lead to breakthrough discoveries in IBD. The projects include both basic science and treatment-development-related work. Some of the research areas the foundation has funded include bioengineering, epithelial cell and molecular biology, the microbiome, immunity, inflammation, diet, nutrition, and fecal microbiota transplants. Each of the winners will receive a $100,000 grant. Those who demonstrate significant progress are eligible for an additional two years of support. "This year's grantees are pursuing research that has the potential to yield important insights into this chronic disease,” Laura Wilson, the foundation's director of health strategy and ventures, said in a press release. "Our Innovator Awards provide critical initial support to high-risk research that will help us improve the prevention and prediction, as well as better management of the disease by doctors and patients." The foundation said it will continue supporting 17 Innovator Award winners from 2015 and 2016 who have made significant progress toward their projects' goals. Several projects will be transitioning from preliminary findings to clinical trials
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