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A Researcher’s Breakthrough Moment

Above: Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph, professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

In a single moment, the world can change—for a student and teacher, an audience captivated by a dance performance, or a researcher opening a new window into a mysterious disease. These are Breakthrough Moments, and we’re capturing them in a new video series that highlights the visionary work of our grantees in the Arts, Education and Health.

A Breakthrough in Crohn’s Disease Research

Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph is one of these visionaries. She’s a pioneering researcher whose team investigates Crohn’s disease—a mysterious, debilitating intestinal condition affecting 700,000 people in the US alone. Her cutting-edge instincts led to a novel technique that makes human tissue look like glass, and she combined this with advanced 3-D imaging to peer more deeply into the workings of the disease.

Stories like hers—Breakthrough Moments of discovery and illumination—provide inspiration to the Rainin Foundation’s support of high-risk, high-reward research.

We begin our video series with the fascinating work of Dr. Randolph to celebrate United Nations International Women & Girls in Science Day (February 11) and honor the achievements of scientists like her around the world.

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