Funding (InTouch Summer 2008)

NIAID announces grants to stimulate food allergy research

Twelve investigators have received grants totaling $5 million over two years to lead high-impact, innovative studies on food allergy, a significant public health concern. This program, called Exploratory Investigations in Food Allergy, is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and two advocacy groups, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Project.

Xiaobin WangXiaobin Wang, MD, MPH, ScD, professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School, the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Research Professor, and director of the Smith Child Health Research Program of the research center, is a recipient. Her project will study prenatal and genetic factors in relation to the development of food allergy in a cohort of newborns and their mothers. This will be the largest prospective birth cohort study specifically designed to identify prenatal precursors of food allergy in the U.S. The study is built on an ongoing multi-center food allergy project led by Wang and Jacqueline Pongracic, MD, which is funded in part by the Food Allergy Project, Inc., Sacks Family Foundation, and Chicago Community Trust. 

NUCATS wins NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) garnered a $29 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH. Philip Greenland, MD, Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology at the Feinberg School and director of NUCATS, is the principal investigator for the award. "The goal of this award is to move basic science findings more quickly into clinical trial settings and community settings," said Greenland. "We expect patients will benefit faster from our efforts."

Katherine Kaufer ChristoffelH. William SchnaperThe award supports NUCATS’ ongoing efforts and funds five centers within the institute. Two of the five centers will be led by Children’s Memorial attending physicians: The Community Engaged Research Center will be headed by Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH, professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and deputy director of Programs in Public Health at the Feinberg School; and director of the Center on Obesity Management and Prevention of the research center. The Center for Education and Career Development will be co-directed by Lewis Smith, MD, professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School and Associate Vice President for Research at Northwestern University, and H. William Schnaper, MD, professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School.

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