Research News

Foundation Awards Over $3 Million to High-Risk, High Reward IBD Research

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:46

Oakland, Calif. – The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded more than $3 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research through its Innovator and Breakthrough Awards programs. Grantees were selected from an international pool of applicants for high-risk projects in basic, translational and clinical research that demonstrate the potential to provide major new insights about IBD.

“Our focus as a funder is to provide support at the early stages of research, before new ideas have been proven, when researchers need it most,” said Dr. Jennifer Rainin, CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. “Challenging investigators to push boundaries gives us the best chance of achieving breakthroughs in IBD research.”

The Foundation’s grants are awarded to early-career and seasoned investigators pursuing a range of projects that could potentially lead to transformative discoveries about IBD. Select grants fund research that incorporates bioengineering or new technology, such as Dr. Christopher Contag’s research on using Raman-based microendoscopy to detect dysplasia in patients with ulcerative colitis, and Dr. Hyun Jung Kim’s development of “Crohn’s Disease-on-a-Chip” model to measure the effect of fecal microbiota transplant prior to the clinical procedure.

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Where Ideas Take Shape

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:34

It’s easy to become so engrossed with our research projects and goals that we don’t take the time to pause and really reflect on the progress that science as a whole has made. This is why Laura Wilson, PhD writing for the The Kenneth Rainin Foundation blog is looking forward to the annual announcements of Nobel Laureates. It is then that we get to step back and recognize the discovery of the fundamentals— Why are some light blue? How do microloans work? Who really started the journey of stem cell research? She is excited about where science is today and inspired about how much more we can do, especially with help from philanthropy.

She is privileged and proud to be part of the scientific community—from PhD student, to researcher, to scientific funder. All three of these experiences have shaped how she can best give back to science and accelerate discovery within the scientific community.

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The Path Forward for IBD Philanthropy

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:25

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, in partnership with the Philanthropy Advisory Service of the Milken Institute, has released A Giving Smarter Guide to identify how strategic philanthropic investments can change the trajectory of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research.

The Rainin Foundation is committed to investing in cutting-edge research, and advancing successful research findings into therapies to improve outcomes for people living with IBD—an area that lacks resources. This guide is part of their investment to better understand how philanthropic support might best support and accelerate the development of IBD treatments.

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The Administrative Data Research Network

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:52

The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) helps researchers gain access to de-identified administrative data so they can carry out social and economic research − research that has the potential to benefit society.

Researchers can apply to the Network with a research idea and request access to datasets. The Network collaborates closely with government departments to make administrative data available to researchers, but the ADRN negotiates this with them on a case-by-case basis. Researchers can access the data in Administrative Data Research Centres in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Their catalogue gives some information about administrative data that have been used for research in the past.

ADRN – England has produced training podcasts that are informative short concise overviews of their training courses. Watch the podcasts to discover more about their courses, what can be expected and what you will have learnt by the end of each course.

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