Rita Allen Foundation — Award in Pain Scholars

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania conducting research on objective measures of pain in the millisecond timescale. (Photo courtesy of the Rita Allen Foundation.)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
7/2020
Grant Amount 
$330,000
Purpose 
To support two Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Scholars.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

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

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $330,000 over three years to two Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Scholars identified as excellent researchers in the fields of pain and anesthesiology. The scholars are:

  • Sarah Linnstaedt, assistant professor, University of North Carolina, plans to research a novel protein target to prevent sensitization to pain following traumatic stress
  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania, plans to study novel objective measures of pain in the millisecond timescale

This follows our April 2019 support and falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.