A Researcher’s Breakthrough Moment [VIDEO] - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

A Researcher’s Breakthrough Moment [VIDEO]

Close up of Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph holding up two vials of liquid in her lab. Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph. Photo credit: Lori Halloran

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.

Video featuring Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph, professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Video credit: Lori Halloran
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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.