The Marfan Foundation Awards $750,000 in Research Grants
The Marfan Foundation is awarding $750,000 for its 2018 research grants on Marfan syndrome and related conditions. The Foundation announced that it is supporting two fellowship awards, three faculty grants, and two grants for clinical research.
The funded projects are seeking better understanding and treatments for several aspect of Marfan syndrome (sleep apnea, pregnancy, eye issues, cardiovascular issues), as well as vascular Ehlers Danlos, a condition that is related to Marfan. In addition, a study on neonatal Marfan syndrome is being funded.
“We are pleased by the variety of grants we were able to fund this year as they address many different aspects of Marfan and related conditions,” said Dr. Josephine Grima, chief science officer, The Marfan Foundation. “We are also gratified to fund four proposals from first-time applicants and award grants to researchers ranging from early investigators to seasoned experts. This bodes well for the future of scientific exploration in genetic aortic conditions.”
This brings the Foundation’s 2018 research funding to $1.5 million. In addition to the newly awarded research grants, the Foundation provided another $750,000 this year in research support for the Aortic Valve Sparing Operative Outcomes Study, the establishment of the Marfan and Related Conditions International Patient Registry with Backpack Health, as well as funding for 15 researchers who were awarded multi-year grants in the past two years.
Here are the studies that were awarded 2018 research grants from The Marfan Foundation.
2018 Faculty Grants
2018 Victor McKusick Fellowships
2018 Clinical Grants
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, UTHealth McGovern Medical School, $100,000 2-year Clinical Grant. Asprosin’s Role in the Appetite and Progeroid Appearance of Marfan Lipodystrophy Syndrome and Neonatal Marfan Syndrome Patients
Melissa Russo, MD, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, $100,000 2-year Clinical Grant. Pregnancy and other Reproductive Outcomes in Women with Genetic-Predisposition for Aortic Dissection
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