What do basketball and biomedical engineering have in common? They are both areas where universities compete. Most of you are well aware that we are in the midst of March Madness — the tournament determining the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball champions. But, what you may not realize is that, just over a decade ago, nearly 100 universities with biomedical engineering programs were in competition to become translational research partners with the Coulter Foundation.
The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation has made a $1.135 million gift to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to create the Farris Foundation Endowed Graduate Fellowship on the Jupiter, Florida campus.
"I want to thank the Farris Foundation for its generous gift to support our graduate program," said TSRI President Peter Schultz. "Gifts like this will help train the next generation of scientists who are critical to the future of biomedical research--and to build a lasting legacy of scientific excellence."
The new Farris Foundation Endowed Graduate Fellowship will provide annual support for doctoral students at Scripps Florida in perpetuity.
In its first full year, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida delivered key achievements on their collaborative efforts.
For example, members of the career readiness team designed a Virtual Career Fair program that brought 70 employers including AT & T, Verizon and The Mayo Clinic along with over 1800 students/alumni for over 700 career related discussions. Campus workshops and career resources that were specific to each campus were also made available to all students from Florida Consortium universities. The Florida Consortium partnered with Helios Education Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Kresge Foundation to support inter-campus collaboration, fund investigative research and advance proposals.
Community Foundation for Brevard awarded two Florida Institute of Technology researchers $20,000 grants under the Medical Research Grant to Find Cause and/or Cure for Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and Other Pervasive Diseases initiative. The competitive program is funded from the foundation’s Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken Endowment Fund.
With a shortage of donor organs, Mayo Clinic is exploring therapeutic strategies for patients with debilitating liver diseases. Researchers are testing a new approach to correct metabolic disorders without a whole organ transplant. Their findings appear inScience Translational Medicine.
This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, an American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, a Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Career Development Award, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Marriott Foundation, the Darwin Deason Family Foundation, and Mayo Clinic.
Children missing out on health care. Pediatricians frustrated. A possible path forward? Tuesday, June 14, Herald-Tribune Media Group hosts panel discussion on Florida’s Medicaid program for children. The discussion will highlight the results of a statewide pediatrician survey and report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, supported by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to 941-361-4065.
A Miller School of Medicine research team led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., a professor in the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics who has been exploring the genetics of deafness for more than a decade, has identified a previously unrecognized gene essential for the development of the inner ear and hearing in humans and mice. Their findings were recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, a nonprofit, has served 4,359 individuals, a majority of them paying subsidized fees or receiving complimentary services or hearing aids. Donors like the Jessie Ball duPont Fund; United Way of Northeast Florida; the Jessie Ball duPont Fund; the Riverside Hospital Foundation; Medtronic; and Jacksonville Lions Clubs make this possible.