Kenneth Rainin Foundation Gives $1.7M in ‘Synergy Awards’ for IBD Research

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Gives $1.7M in ‘Synergy Awards’ for IBD Research
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has given $1.7 million in prize money to support collaborative research into preventing and detecting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Synergy Awards are aimed at getting experts to combine their research abilities towards a common goal, working together rather than independently. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner across different disciplines at Stanford to pilot a precision approach to IBD therapeutics,” Stanford University's Dr. Sarah Streett said in a press release. “Our combined expertise in molecular imaging and clinical research, plus our focus on autoimmunity and inflammation positions us to advance our understanding of these diseases and move toward targeting treatments to the individual to optimize success.” Four groups of researchers received the 2018 Synergy Awards: The first group of recipients, awarded $300,000, includes Russell Vance, PhD and Karsten Gronert, PhD of University of California, Berkeley, and Jakob von Moltke, PhD at the University of Washington, for their project, “The role of inflammasomes and tuft cells in eicosanoid release by intestinal epithelial cells.” The second group, whi
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