Neglected, But Devastating: Who's Funding Research for a Misunderstood Disease?

Neglected, But Devastating: Who's Funding Research for a Misunderstood Disease?

No mere “skin problem,” psoriasis is an incurable autoimmune disease afflicting 125 million people worldwide, carrying social and psychological impacts, and even the potential to shorten lifespans. But money for research is hard to come by. Who’s helping?

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Not Just Sci-Fi: A Tech Couple Works To Achieve Immortality

Not Just Sci-Fi: A Tech Couple Works To Achieve Immortality

More deep-pocketed funders are interested in the age-old quest to live forever, in one form or another. We dig into the interesting story of Terasem Movement Foundation, founded by tech couple Martine and Bina Rothblatt.

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Does Anyone Care? A Case Study of Funding Research on Rare Diseases

Does Anyone Care? A Case Study of Funding Research on Rare Diseases

Funding for rare diseases rarely comes from foundations or billionaire donors. Instead, it mostly comes from the families and friends of people affected. Here’s an example of how a small community of donors can underwrite significant research.

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Payoff: Years of Investments in Parkinson’s Research is Yielding New Breakthroughs and Momentum

Payoff: Years of Investments in Parkinson’s Research is Yielding New Breakthroughs and Momentum

It’s hard to overstate the importance of patient private funding in the battle against Parkinson’s. Grantmakers in it for the long haul have often been behind gains made against the disease, with such successes now coming at a faster clip.

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Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.

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Path to Recovery: The Latest From a Leader in Breast Cancer Research Funding

Path to Recovery: The Latest From a Leader in Breast Cancer Research Funding

Susan G. Komen recently announced grants of $26 million to fund 62 new research projects that address some of the most difficult breast cancer cases. After years of troubles, this important funder has bounced back in a big way.

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Go With the Gut: A Legacy Foundation and Silicon Valley Funder Team Up on Cell Research

Go With the Gut: A Legacy Foundation and Silicon Valley Funder Team Up on Cell Research

Helmsley Charitable Trust and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, two heavy hitters in health research, are partnering to better understand cells in our intestines, as part of a larger moonshot project to catalogue all human cells.

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Amid a Dearth of Dollars for Prostate Cancer Research, Two Funders Stay Focused

Amid a Dearth of Dollars for Prostate Cancer Research, Two Funders Stay Focused

Despite being one of the leading killers of men, claiming nearly 30,000 lives a year, prostate cancer research is seriously underfunded. Two grantmakers are leading the charge, but they can’t do it alone.

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To Avert a Public Health Crisis, Three Funders Come Together

To Avert a Public Health Crisis, Three Funders Come Together

It’s not often that we see funders pooling money to create a not-for-profit generic drug company. In fact, we’ve never seen it before. Which is why the creation of Civica Rx deserves a close look.

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When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America

When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America

The Helmsley Charitable Trust continues to address key healthcare challenges faced by rural residents. We look at the latest big grant by this national funder working off the beaten trail on matters of life and death.

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Dept. of Big Bets: A Global Approach to Tackling Cardiovascular Disease

Dept. of Big Bets: A Global Approach to Tackling Cardiovascular Disease

The British Heart Foundation hopes to change the future of cardiovascular medicine by offering a research award of nearly $40 million for a groundbreaking idea. It’s one of the largest grants ever offered for biomedical research.

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"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

Andrew J. Viterbi's philanthropy tends to be ambitious in terms of size and in scope. We dig into his recent $50 million gift to the University of California, San Diego, which, true to form, aims to cure blindness.

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From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

The foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine for the training of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, increasing the pipeline of talented young researchers who might otherwise struggle.

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A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

We don't see many community foundations prioritize medical research, which is more typically funded by national foundations and major philanthropists. But the Rhode Island Foundation has been working to catalyze and guide donor activity in this space since 2008.

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