Kenneth Rainin Foundation http://krfoundation.org Enhancing Life. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:16:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Kenneth Rainin Foundation Address Oakland, CA United States Contact Business Information An IBD Conference that’s on My Calendar http://krfoundation.org/ibd-research-day-2017/ Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:33:15 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25723 The post An IBD Conference that’s on My Calendar appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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When I came across the speaker list for New York City Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Day, I was pleased to see so many familiar names. In fact, a majority of the presenters are grantees or Scientific Advisory Board members at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. These scientists are on the cutting-edge of their fields and I’m looking forward to hearing their fresh thinking.

This annual Research Day is sponsored by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medicine. It’s an important platform for the field to share the high-risk ideas that will give us the best chance of discovering breakthroughs. And, New York City is an ideal location because it’s such an important hub for Inflammatory Bowel Disease research.

Complementing our Strategic Vision

This is the third year that the Rainin Foundation has supported the event. There are a number of reasons why this event is a strong complement to the Rainin Foundation’s vision of dramatically transforming the prediction and prevention of IBD. First, it has a focus on translational science and ways to bring science closer to the patient. Secondly, it’s very inclusive of trainees, and we’re committed to creating pipelines of researchers in IBD. And at the same time, much like our annual Innovations Symposium, it’s creating important research networks.

I hope to meet you there.

New York City IBD Research Day

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:30 AM–6:00 PM
The Rockefeller University, New York City
Free and open to the public. Register early, this event will sell out.

Confirmed Speakers

Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
Iliyan Iliev, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
Julie Magarian Blander, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
Gérard Eberl, PhD, Institut Pasteur
Dana Philpott, PhD, University of Toronto
Saurabh Mehandru, MD, Mount Sinai
Megan Levings, PhD, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD, Yale University

Co-Sponsors

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Rockefeller University
Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Laura Wilson, PhD

Laura Wilson, PhD

Director, Health Strategy & Ventures

Laura leads the strategic direction for the Foundation’s Health program by collaborating with leading scientific and medical researchers, as well as building partnerships with organizations and international stakeholders to expand and advance innovative Inflammatory Bowel Disease research. Read more.

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September 2017 http://krfoundation.org/september-2017/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:22:43 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25868 Our September newsletter features a breakthrough moment in early childhood education. Watch the video and see how much kids love learning with Melvin Tamoro, a tutor in our SEEDS of Learning program.

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Our September newsletter features a breakthrough moment in early childhood education. Watch the video and see how much kids love learning with Melvin Tamoro, a tutor in our SEEDS of Learning program.

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Updates & Gratitude from the Education Program http://krfoundation.org/updates-gratitude-education-program/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:54:47 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25659 The post Updates & Gratitude from the Education Program appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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For the past four years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with many talented and committed partners to ensure that Oakland’s youngest learners are on track for reading and language success, and better prepared to thrive in school and life. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together.

I know that Oakland’s children will truly be better off because of our joint efforts.  And, as much as I love doing this work with you, I have decided to make a change. Santa Cruz County has called me home. I recently accepted an offer to serve as the CEO of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, where I will work to build success in education and economic vitality. My first day is October 11.

This change does not affect the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s deep commitment to Oakland or any of our projects together. Our board and staff are thrilled with the progress we are making. Indeed, we take great joy in our small wins and big victories, and even in the slow changes we see.

Since we started this work, we have:

Increased Education Funding

Our Oakland education funding has grown from $500,000 to over $6 million.

Developed Partnerships

Our deep learning partnerships with nonprofits, district and charter schools, and the City are creating day-to-day improvements in children’s lives and the conditions for long-term change.

Improved Literacy Development

We have accelerated language and literacy development for thousands of preschool through first grade children. A special thank you to all the educators who are part of SEEDS of Learning. And, I’m so grateful to our principal and coach leaders for launching this important work in kindergarten and first grade.

Completed Ambitious Research

Our research is helping us shape our work. An enormous thank you to the hundreds of families who let us speak with them—in their homes—about their experiences raising young children in Oakland.

Leaving has been such a hard decision because of you and our colleagues in this work. The decision became much easier, however, through our CEO Jen Rainin’s continued leadership. Jen has appointed Carla Bryant to serve as the Rainin Foundation’s new Director of Education Strategy and Ventures. Carla has had her own early education consulting practice. She also recently served as Chief of the Early Education Department at San Francisco Unified School District. She is enormously talented, passionate and dedicated to an equitable start for Oakland kids. Carla is a friend and colleague. She and I will work together through my transition and in the years to come. Carla’s first day at the Foundation is September 18.  She will be part-time, transitioning to full-time by March 2018.

And, she will have an exceptional team. We are a small but mighty group here at the Rainin Foundation. Many of you know and love our education staff: Paula, Karen, Lisa, Emily and Emily. SEEDS of Learning founder Kate Horst will also continue her work in Oakland. An enormous thank you to Kate for making Oakland her home away from home these past few years.

I want Oakland to be a better place to be a young child, where the teachers and families who care for children each day feel they can flourish, too. I hope the Rainin Foundation can continue to count on you in our efforts to improve the lives of Oakland’s youngest students.

Thank you for your support and for helping me learn so much over these past four years.

Susan True

 

 

Susan True
Director, Education Strategy & Ventures

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Finalists Announced for Open Spaces Program http://krfoundation.org/finalists-announced-open-spaces/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:52 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25382 The post Finalists Announced for Open Spaces Program appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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Ten finalists were selected from a competitive pool of applicants for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Open Spaces Program. This program supports nonprofit organizations and artists to partner to create temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco. Each team will receive a $5,000 honorarium to further develop their proposals. Grantees will be announced in January 2018. Awards will range from $50,000 – $200,000 per project.

The Open Space Program funds projects that engage communities, support artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. Proposals were evaluated based on innovation and originality, relevance to the communities they seek to serve, as well as community engagement strategies.

Finalists Explore Timely Issues

The selected teams represent a range of artistic practices and consider timely issues such as immigration, climate change, and criminal justice reform. The ten finalists include:

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“Boggsville Boatel” by artist Constance Hockaday was a floating hotel and performance space. Photo courtesy: Constance Hockaday

  • Attitudinal Healing with Amana Harris
  • Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco with Survival Project (Rania Ho, Thy Tran and Bryan Wu)
  • Flyaway Productions with Jo Kreiter, Vân-Ánh Võ and Sean Riley
  • Galeria Studio 24 with Alexandra “Lexx” Valdez and Jessica Sabogal
  • Headlands Center for the Arts with Miriam Simun
  • Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California with Collective Action Studio (Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari)
  • Mills College with Constance Hockaday
  • Precita Eyes Muralists with Luska/La MaestraPeace 21 and MaestraPeace Art Works
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with Suzanne Lacy
  • Youth Speaks with James Kass and Sean San Jose
“A neighborhood’s spirit and the quality of life for residents benefit from public art. It’s a medium that can break down barriers and bring people together—creating an invaluable community asset at a time when the country feels more divided than ever. ”– Shelley Trott, Rainin Foundation Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures

In addition to funding projects, the Open Spaces Program aims to bolster the public art field in the San Francisco Bay Area by building the capacity of local artists through professional development opportunities. In Spring 2018 the Rainin Foundation will host its second public art symposium. The event will bring together artists to investigate the shifting field of public artistic practice. Watch videos of the last year’s symposium presentations.

How Public Art Exposed Class Tensions in San Francisco

A series of conversations about art, class and race that emerged from “Block by Block,” the first public art project that the Rainin Foundation funded. Continue reading on Medium.

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Foundation Awards $3 Million for Innovative IBD Research http://krfoundation.org/foundation-awards-3-million-ibd-research/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:00:20 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25589 Grants will support 30 projects by early-career and seasoned health researchers, including first-time pilot studies. Oakland, Calif. – The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that it has awarded $3 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research through its Innovator Awards program. Grants will support an international pool of early-career and seasoned researchers to study untested […]

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Grants will support 30 projects by early-career and seasoned health researchers, including first-time pilot studies.

Oakland, Calif. – The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that it has awarded $3 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research through its Innovator Awards program. Grants will support an international pool of early-career and seasoned researchers to study untested ideas that could lead to breakthrough discoveries about IBD.

Funded projects include an array of basic, translational, and clinical science research related to IBD, such as the microbiome, immunity and inflammation, and diet and nutrition. Grantees receive a $100,000 grant, and those who demonstrate significant progress toward their goals are eligible for an additional two years of support.

“This year’s grantees are pursuing research that has the potential to yield important insights into this chronic disease.” said Dr. Laura Wilson, Director of Health Strategy and Ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. “Our Innovator Awards provide critical initial support to high-risk research that will help us improve the prevention and prediction, as well as better management of the disease by doctors and patients.”

“Our Innovator Awards provide critical initial support to high-risk research that will help us improve the prevention and prediction, as well as better management of the disease by doctors and patients.”– Dr. Laura Wilson, Director, Health Strategy and Ventures

With this round of grants, the Foundation is supporting an increased number of early-career investigators, new areas of research, and the development of pilot studies that will inform future larger trials. “We pursue the boldest ideas that can truly transform the way we approach this complex disease,” said Dr. Averil Ma, chair of the Rainin Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco.

“The generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation will allow us to utilize the most cutting-edge technologies and rapidly advance our project to understand microbial factors that contribute to disease pathogenesis, and ultimately the quality of life of IBD patients,” said Dr. Janelle Arthur, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

2017 Innovator Award grantees include:

The Foundation will continue supporting 17 Innovator Award grantees from 2015 and 2016 that made significant progress in advancing their original research hypotheses. Several projects, including Dr. David Suskind’s work on low carbohydrate diets in pediatric Crohn’s disease patients, will transition preliminary findings to trials that measure impact on patient management and well-being. “Supporting a project from initial concept to implementation of a trial is exciting. We want to bring science closer to the patient, and these translational projects can have a significant impact on the lives of IBD patients,” said Dr. Wilson.

“Funding from Kenneth Rainin Foundation has been absolutely critical for the progress of our project,” said Dr. Iliyan Iliev, Assistant Professor, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. “We were supported from the very beginning, having exciting and promising clinical data in hand, but the rest of the project was conceptual. This project would not have been possible without the Foundation’s support.”

Innovator Awards grantees that received continued support include:

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Grantee Iliyan Iliev, PhD, at the Rainin Foundation’s Innovation Symposium. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

The Foundation also announced that it will host its seventh annual Innovations Symposium, “Basic Science and the Patient – Have You Two Met?,” on July 16-17, 2018, in San Francisco. This event brings together scientific leaders, trainees, researchers and clinicians from around the world to collaborate and learn together to advance IBD research.

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Impact Investments Can Shape Equitable Neighborhoods http://krfoundation.org/impact-investments-shape-neighborhoods/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:40:29 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25509 The post Impact Investments Can Shape Equitable Neighborhoods appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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How could using impact investments in the creative economy shape more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods? Find out during a half-day discussion that coincides with the release of a new report, “Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities.”

Speakers

Laura Callanan, Upstart Co-Lab
Moy Eng, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Samuel Farrazaino, Equinox Studios
Heather Hood, Enterprise Community Partners
Reed Mayfield, RSF Social Finance
Steven Oliver, Oliver & Company
Eric Rodenbeck, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Richard Sciortino, Brinshore Development
Liz Sessler, ImpactUs
Drew Tulchin, Meow Wolf

Co-Sponsors

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Upstart Co-Lab
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Event Details

Tuesday, October 10, 2–5 PM
Reception to follow
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street, San Francisco

All are welcome. Registration is required for building security purposes.

Report Highlights Key Findings on Impact Investing

Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities” is a new report supported in part by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. It looks at investable opportunities in the creative economy that have the potential to both stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. Creative places and businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development.

Impact Investments Creative Places & Businesses

A new report shows how impact investment can be used to shape a creative economy.

The report highlights three key findings:

  1. Creative places and businesses are ready for impact investing. Demand for impact capital will be strong over the next five years throughout the US.
  2. Impact investors are seeking ways to deploy capital for creativity. Institutions that value the arts, storytelling and creativity are looking for opportunities to align their capital with their priorities.
  3. There are addressable barriers. The most immediate is that creative places and businesses must be recognized as a segment so that investors, intermediaries and project leaders can find one another and cooperate more easily.

View the Executive Summary and full Report here.

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A Breakthrough Moment in Early Childhood Education http://krfoundation.org/breakthrough-early-childhood-education/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:00:20 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25102 The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is proud to share Breakthrough Moments of our visionary artists, innovative researchers and partners in early childhood education. Our new video shares the inspiring story of Melvin Tamoro, a tutor in our SEEDS of Learning program. Melvin is an expert at getting kids excited to learn. By using SEEDS of Learning strategies, like one-on-one […]

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The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is proud to share Breakthrough Moments of our visionary artists, innovative researchers and partners in early childhood education.

Our new video shares the inspiring story of Melvin Tamoro, a tutor in our SEEDS of Learning program. Melvin is an expert at getting kids excited to learn. By using SEEDS of Learning strategies, like one-on-one and small group instruction, he helps children gain key skills needed for kindergarten. Watch our video and see how much kids at East Oakland’s Sankofa Academy love learning with Melvin!

We’re sharing Melvin’s story to celebrate International Literacy Day, September 8. We honor all our partners in early childhood education who are unlocking potential in our youngest learners.

Helping Oakland Children Flourish

Today, three in five Oakland students enter kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed. But, after one year in our SEEDS of Learning classrooms, children make dramatic progress. In fact, last year 97% of transitional kindergartners in our classrooms ended the year at or near targets that measure kindergarten readiness. Oakland teachers and tutors, like Melvin, are the reason for this exciting transformation.

“97% of transitional kindergartners in our SEEDS of Learning classrooms ended the year at or near targets that measure kindergarten readiness.”

SEEDS of Learning is a professional development program that strengthens instructional leadership and improves curriculum. It includes classroom tutors and coaching support for teachers. The Rainin Foundation has implemented this program in nearly 60 Oakland schools to boost literacy and language development progress. As a result, teachers and tutors are accelerating progress for children. Together, we are giving Oakland’s kids a better chance of success in school—and, most importantly, in life.

Stories like Melvin’s illustrate how in a single moment, the world can change, especially for a student and a teacher. These are the Breakthrough Moments that provide inspiration to the Rainin Foundation’s funding in the Arts, Education and Health. See more videos of our grantees Breakthrough Moments.

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New $3 Million Investment for Oakland Schools http://krfoundation.org/3-million-for-oakland-schools/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:13 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25212 The post New $3 Million Investment for Oakland Schools appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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Kenneth Rainin Foundation funding supports citywide effort to increase literacy and close the achievement gap.

Oakland, Calif. – The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today it has invested more than $3 million in 39 district and charter elementary schools in Oakland for the 2017-18 school year. This funding will support a multi-year partnership and citywide effort to boost literacy, with the goal of getting every child reading at grade level by third grade. Only one in three children in Oakland reach this milestone—one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and success in life.

“Giving every child in every neighborhood a strong start in school is an important way we are investing in Oakland’s future.”– Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

“Giving every child in every neighborhood a strong start in school is an important way we are investing in Oakland’s future,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “In addition to being an early champion of the Oakland Promise, the Rainin Foundation is providing the type of hands-on expertise and partnership that will spark a lasting change in our schools and benefit Oakland students and families for years to come.”

A Learning Partnership with 16 Oakland Schools

As a part of this investment, the Rainin Foundation has formed a deep learning partnership with 16 schools. These schools will intensively focus on boosting outcomes for students by building a continuum of learning from transitional kindergarten through first grade. The funding includes a robust professional development program to strengthen instructional leadership and improve curriculum, along with classroom tutors and coaching support for teachers. These schools use regular assessments to test and learn what helps children progress, including struggling students.

“It’s vital to close the achievement gap as early as possible.”– Kyla Johnson-Trammell, OUSD Superintendent

“It’s vital to close the achievement gap as early as possible,” said Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent. “The Rainin Foundation’s partnership has helped give OUSD the opportunity to intensively focus on the beginning of children’s education and improve learning opportunities for our students and their teachers.”

Students Achieve Double-Digit Gains

This transitional kindergarten through first grade program was piloted during the 2016-2017 school year. During this time, schools saw extraordinary results with children achieving dramatic, double-digit gains in meeting benchmark targets for literacy. Data at RISE Community School in East Oakland illustrates the transformation. In 2015, only 3% of kindergarten students at RISE were on target for later reading success, but the results were drastically different at the end of the pilot year when 73% of kindergarten students were on target.

“We are thrilled to continue supporting teachers and accelerating progress for Oakland children.”– Susan True, Director of Education, Strategy & Ventures at the Rainin Foundation

“We are thrilled to continue supporting teachers and accelerating progress for Oakland children,” said Susan True, Director of Education, Strategy & Ventures at the Rainin Foundation. “We’re starting this school year strong with big student gains, a new superintendent who has a wealth of elementary school experience and understands the power of preparing young kids to succeed, and teachers who feel supported and encouraged by their students’ remarkable growth.”

Scaling Proven Approaches

For the past three years, the Rainin Foundation has tested and scaled proven approaches to accelerate literacy and language development progress for Oakland children at nearly 60 schools. In 2014, the Foundation funded the implementation of a professional development program, “SEEDS of Learning,” in preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms to boost kindergarten readiness. This program gives teachers the tools to make sure children have a strong start. It also helps teachers identify and target skills where children need the most support. After multiple years of tremendous student growth, the Foundation expanded its investments to kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

“…our teachers love the structure and support that the program provides.”– Hae Sin Thomas, CEO, Education For Change

“This partnership with the Rainin Foundation is proving that by investing in and supporting teachers and helping them learn and collaborate together we can ensure that each of our students has the opportunity to succeed in school,” Hae Sin Thomas, CEO, Education For Change. “Our students have made tremendous progress, and our teachers love the structure and support that the program provides.”

Beyond funding for schools, the Foundation continues to expand its work with parents and community organizations to provide everyday literacy rich experiences for kids from birth to eight years old.

“Our partnerships are giving Oakland teachers the support they need. In the process, we’re also building a strong system that enables good instruction, creates enthusiastic young readers, and can withstand year-to-year challenges,” said True.

Watch a powerful video on the impact of SEEDS of Learning

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We Must Not Be Silent http://krfoundation.org/we-must-not-be-silent/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:47:44 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=25275 The post We Must Not Be Silent appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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There’s a mural I pass on my way to work that I have admired for years. Usually my eyes linger on the beautiful image of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the young boy before him. I must have read the quote a thousand times. But when I read it today, it was cold water in my face.

“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”– MLK, Jr.

The hatred, intimidation, racism, and violence that our country is experiencing right now are evil, and this evil is being encouraged by the highest office in the land. We see evidence of it every day. We need to make it stop.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation strives to build a more equitable world for all our grantees and those they serve. We are proud to stand by our partners—educators, artists, researchers, and our colleagues in philanthropy—as we speak out against the destructive forces that are increasingly threatening the fabric of our community.

Dr. King also said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I’m committed to denouncing the evil we see and standing up for the values our country was built on. I know I’m not alone. We all have a voice. Now is the time to use it.

If you’re looking for ideas, read the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of Ten Ways to Fight Hate.

Jennifer Rainin, PhD

Jennifer Rainin, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Jen has served has served as CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation since its public launch in 2009. Under Jen’s leadership, the Foundation has adopted a targeted approach to grantmaking, expanding and developing several major initiatives in the arts, education and health. Read more.

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Innovations Symposium Showcases Advances in Research http://krfoundation.org/innovations-symposium-advances-research/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:30:25 +0000 http://krfoundation.org/?p=24945 The post Innovations Symposium Showcases Advances in Research appeared first on Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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Researchers, clinicians and industry partners from around the globe gathered in San Francisco for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s 6th annual Innovations Symposium on July 24-25, 2017. This year’s event focused on early onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A slate of distinguished speakers and Foundation grantees presented the latest advances in basic science and novel insights into clinical applications.

“This annual event is focused on bringing science closer to the patient by giving researchers an opportunity to hear new perspectives on IBD,” said Laura Wilson, PhD, Rainin Foundation Director of Health Strategies and Ventures. “The Symposium encourages collaborative thinking and network building and is strengthening the possibilities of what the field can achieve together.”

David Suskind, MD, and Ian Sanderson, MD, participate in the Symposium’s first-ever debate. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

The two-day event is designed to spark cross-disciplinary discussions. The Symposium’s first-ever debate explored whether IBD is the same disease in children and adults, and how that affects treatment and management of the disease. On the second day, a panel of industry leaders from Genentech, Stanford University’s SPARK Program, and Janssen Research & Development joined with academic researchers to share ideas for how to best work together.

Laura Wilson also gave attendees a preview of the Foundation’s new online tool to inspire collaboration in research. As the Foundation’s health portfolio grows, we’re experimenting with ways to uncover scientific discoveries and engage potential funders and partners.

“We’re committed to connecting investigators with physicians and industry partners to seed collaborations that will bring promising discoveries to the patient,” said Wilson. “Beyond our Symposium, we want to create opportunities for scientists to share information and ideas that will accelerate IBD research.”

Mark your calendar for the next Innovations Symposium which will take place on July 16-17, 2018 in San Francisco. Visit our website to see a list of confirmed speakers. Registration opens in January.

2017 Innovations Symposium Highlights

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Marla Dubinsky, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Marla Dubinsky, MD, gives the keynote address. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

During the two-day event, a range of perspectives on the disease were offered by the following scientific leaders:

Grantee Presentations

Mohamed Abou Donia, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Mohamed Abou Donia, PhD, shares progress on his Rainin Foundation funded research. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

The following Foundation grantees shared exciting progress on their research:

Panel Discussion: Bringing Academics & Industry Together

Poster Sessions

Rainin Foundation grantees and selected presenters had the unique opportunity to share their research and ideas during the Innovations Symposium. Click to expand and see a list of the abstracts presented.

Bioengineering
  • Ignacio Bon, Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), “Efficacy of endoscopic placement of a drug-eluting platform with infliximab for the treatment of mucosal lesions in a rat model of experimental colitis”
  • John Chang, University of California, San Diego, “Edible immunomodulatory algae as a therapeutic strategy for inflammatory bowel disease: the EAT IBD study”
  • Christopher Contag, Stanford University, “Raman microendoscopy and functionalized SERS nanoparticles to detect dysplasia and malignancy in patients with ulcerative colitis”
  • Benjamin Mead, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “In vitro Paneth-like cells enable investigation of intestinal secretory cell development and function”
  • Mark Mimee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “MicroBioElectronics: An ingestible capsule for continuous monitoring of gut health”
  • Isaak Müller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Engineering of probiotic yeast Saccharomyces boulardii to treat inflammatory bowel disease”
  • Min Hee Park, University of Texas at Austin, “Personalized ‘Crohn’s disease-on-a-chip’ towards precision therapeutics”
  • Carl Schoellhammer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Topical administration of nucleic acids for the treatment of ulcerative colitis”
Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Laura Cook, University of British Columbia, “Induction of human regulatory T cells by a parasite-derived TGF-β mimic”
  • Kate Jeffrey, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, “Identification of commensal viruses sensed by RIG-I in the intestine”
  • Zuzana Leskova, Comenius University, “The influence of vitamin D on expression of cytokines mRNA in IBD”
  • Thomas Wallach, University of California, San Francisco “Validation of methodology for a high throughput screen of intestinal permeability modifying agents”
Diet/Nutrition
  • Benoit Chassaing, Georgia State University, Atlanta, “Dietary emulsifiers directly impact the transcriptome of a Crohn’s disease-associated Escherichia coli, increasing its ability to induce intestinal inflammation”
  • Sho Kitamoto, University of Michigan, “Dietary amino acids allow pathobionts to thrive in Crohn’s disease patients”
  • Talya Miller, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, “Nutritional therapy in very early onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A case report”
Epithelial Cell Biology
  • Greg Barton, University of California, Berkeley, “Is restricted expression of TLR5 in the small intestine necessary to limit responses to commensal bacteria?”
  • Jason Hall, New York University, “Single cell transcriptomics of colonic intestinal epithelial cell response to commensal microbes”
  • Daniel Levic, Duke University, “Epigenetic control of intestinal inflammation”
  • Aparna Venkatraman, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, “Frizzled5-Ror2 mediated noncanonical Wnt signaling maintains and regenerates intestinal stem cells”
  • Michael Kattah, University of California, San Francisco, “A20 and ABIN-1 cooperate to preserve intestinal epithelial homeostasis”
Immunology
  • Jose Aguirre, University of Texas Medical, “Increased MMPs activity in Crohn’s Disease contributes to the decrease of PD-L1 mediated suppression of Th1 responses by colonic CD90+ (myo)fibroblasts”
  • Jean-Frédéric Colombel, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital “The role of viral exposures preceding IBD diagnosis in disease pathogenesis”
  • Marco Colonna, Washington University, “Novel adhesive interactions modulate T cell responses in IBD”
  • Henry Erlich, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, “Host genetics of adaptive and innate immunity in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
  • Irina Leonardi, Weill Cornell Medicine, “Characterizing the effects of maternal mycobiota transmission on the newborn”
  • Yue Li, McGill University, “Interrogating immune-bacteriophage dynamics to mitigate intestinal inflammation”
  • Xin Li, Weill Cornell Medicine, “Impact of Immunosuppresive Therapy on Commensal Fungi and Intestinal Disease”
  • Luciano Gaston Morosi, Instituto de Biología y Medicina Experimental (IBYME-CONICET) “Galectin-1 (Gal1) as a key modulator of intestinal inflammation in the TNBS-induced colitis model: a potential therapeutic application of tailored designed Gal1 variants”
  • Daniel Mucida, Rockefeller University, “Sensing luminal contents by the enteric nervous system: consequences for gut immunity”
  • Hiroko Nagao-Kitamoto, University of Michigan Medical School, “The utility of humanized gnotobiotic mice to investigate functional dysbiosis in IBD”
  • Giannoula Patsantara, Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, Athens, “Intestinal nemathelminth Enterobius vermicularis as a symbiotic organism”
  • Azucena Salas, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), “RORC antogonists as potential therapy in Crohn’s Disease patients”
  • Sidhartha Sinha, Stanford University School of Medicine, “Secondary Bile acids modulate intestinal inflammation”
  • Kevin Vannella, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “Inhibition of IL-13Rα2 protects mice from DSS-induced murine IBD”
  • Edouard Vannier, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, “The immune checkpoint B7-H3 promotes the resolution of colonic inflammation elicited by Citrobacter rodentium”
  • Monica Viladomiu, Weill Cornell Medical College, “IgA-coated E. coli enriched in Crohn’s disease spondyloarthritis promote mucosal and systemic Th17-dependent inflammation”
  • Serre-Yu Wong, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, “Intra-microbiome interactions and Crohn’s disease susceptibility”
Inflammation
  • Efi Kokkotou, Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, “A patient-based methodology predicting therapeutic responses in IBD”
Microbiome
  • Pranatchareeya Chankhamjon, Princeton University, “The role of microbiota-derived small molecules in the etiology of Crohn’s disease”
  • Yvette Piceno, “Fecal microbiota transplantation differentially influences the gut microbiota of clostridium difficile infection and ileal pouch anal anastomosis patients”
  • Bahram  Parvin, University of Nevada, Reno, “Toward a low cost multiplexed assay for quantifying the shift in microbiome”
Motility/Enteric Nervous System
  • Lindsay Axelrod, G-Tech Medical, “Study of various GI tract stimulants using the GutCheck wireless “EKG for the Gut” system”
  • Milena Bogunovic, Penn State University College of Medicine, “Macrophages as Regulators of Intestinal Neuroplasticity in IBD”
Other
  • Geetanjali Bansal, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “NIAID Research Priorities: Strategies for writing a successful NIAID grant application”

Gallery of Event Photos

Karina Mariño, PhD, Fundacion Instituto de Biologia y Medicina Experimental

Slideshow of the 2017 Innovations Symposium. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

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