The Rainin Foundation believes that partnerships and collaborations allow for the biggest impact in research. We invest in bold ideas and initiatives that have the potential to lead to scientific breakthroughs for researchers and people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Monitoring Gut Motility
In December 2016, the Rainin Foundation’s Health Program awarded its first grant to a biotech start-up. G-Tech Medical was granted $250,000 to continue development of GutCheck, a medical device that could transform how gastrointestinal motility is monitored. Funding from the Rainin Foundation will allow for further algorithm development and a small study to examine the efficacy and reproducibility of data collected using GutCheck.
Microbial Restoration for IBD
The Rainin Foundation has awarded researchers at the University of California, San Francisco $946,000 to investigate fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) as a mechanism for restoring microbial health in patients with IBD. The study, led by Dr. Najwa El-Nachef and in collaboration with Openbiome, will focus on understanding how the mode of delivery impacts engraftment – the successful establishment of transplanted microbial populations, in patients with ulcerative colitis.
These reports and guides extend our grantmaking impact and advance our mission in complementary ways.
We partnered with the Philanthropy Advisory Service of the Milken Institute to learn how strategic philanthropic investments can change the trajectory of IBD research. A Giving Smarter Guide includes:
- the current state of research and promising directions
- research barriers and critical funding gaps
- potential solutions for addressing challenges
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