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Rita Allen Foundation — Fellowship Support

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To support the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program.
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Grant investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Rita Allen staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a total of approximately $495,000 over three years in flexible support to three scholars identified by the American Pain Society in collaboration with the Rita Allen Foundation as excellent researchers in the fields of pain, neuroscience, anesthesiology and neurology. The scholars are:

  • Jordan McCall, assistant professor, Washington University St. Louis, plans to develop a new unguided model to assess and predict inflammatory and neuropathic pain
  • Peter Grace, assistant professor, MD Anderson Center Texas, plans to study antibody receptor signaling via astrocytes, a new pathway for neuropathic pain
  • Vivianne Tawfik, assistant professor, Stanford University, plans to research engaging pro-resolution microglia to block the transition to chronic pain

This discretionary grant falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.