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Title: Funding Opportunities from The Ellison Medical Foundation: Beating the Bush(es) for research support


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Funding Opportunities from The Ellison Medical
Foundation Beating the Bush(es) for research
support

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Major NIA Collaborative Initiatives in
Alzheimers Disease Research
  • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research(Involves
    15 other ICs and offices at NIH.)
  • Cognitive and Emotional Health Project(NIA
    partners with 2 other ICs.)
  • Alzheimers Disease Neuroimaging Initiative(NIA
    partners with 14 government and private sector
    organizations.)
  • The Healthy Brain Initiative (NIA partnered with
    CDC and the Alzheimers Association.)

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National Institute on AgingResearch Project
Grant Success RatesFiscal Years 1999-2009
Success rate The success rate is the
proportion of applications reviewed that is
actually awarded. Beginning in FY 1994, SBIR
and STTR applications are not included in success
rate calculations.
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  • The Ellison Medical Foundation is a
  • Silicon Valley Philanthropy providing 35 to
    40M/year in support for basic research, focused
    narrowly.
  • Importance of silicon valley approach
  • No endowment, therefore no need to spend a
    particular amount.
  • Results oriented
  • Quick response Good and Bad for example our
    I.D. program, importance of real feedback to
    staff.
  • No risk aversion.

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  • Our objectives are science based, not community
    based.
  • We care about competence, not slick P.R.
  • We understand that there are many worthwhile,
    genuine needs. We can only address those that fit
    our objectives.

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  • How we select awardees
  • Basic process
  • 2 tiered review includes outside reviewers (1st
    cut) and SAB (final selection).
  • New Scholars 90 applicants this year. 23 say
    they are Alzheimers related and an additional 18
    say they are neuro-degeneration related.
  • Senior Scholars 215 Letters of intent this year.
    66 say they are Alzheimers related and an
    additional 35 say they are neuro-degeneration or
    cognitive decline related.

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  • Over the past ten years we have funded roughly
    230 scholars. Of these 23 were directly
    Alzheimers related and an additional 10 were
    related to other neurodegenerative diseases.
    These figures do not include awards that were
    indirectly neuro-related.

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Biology of Aging Program
Basic biomedical research on aging and
age-related diseases and disabilities
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Program Objectives
  • Focus Innovative or high-risk research unlikely
    to be supported by traditional sources
  • Focus Aspects of fundamental research that have
    not found a home within traditional funding
    agencies

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Research Grants
  • Senior Scholar Award
  • Four year grants to stimulate innovative research
    by established investigators
  • New Scholar Award
  • Four year grants to provide new faculty with
    support to become established

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Whats Next? Biology of Aging and Longevity
Research
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Other SourcesAmerican Federation for Aging
Research(AFAR)
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AFAR
  • Awarded nearly 93 million to more than 2,200 of
    our nations scientists since 1981.
  • Our work has led to significant advances in the
    understanding of the aging process, age-related
    disease, and healthy aging practices.
  • AFAR has funded a broad research portfolio which
    studies the normal changes associated with aging
    as well as promising interventions for
    age-related diseases.

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Since we are clearly not yet at the point of
great longevity, nor have we eliminated age
related disease, I suggest that the following may
be our best strategy.
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Live life backwardsYou start out dead and get
that out of the way.Then you wake up in an old
age home feeling better every day.Then you get
kicked out for being too healthy.Enjoy your
retirement and collect your pension.Then when
you start work, you get a gold watch on your
first day.You work 40 years until you're too
young to work.You get ready for High School
drink alcohol, party, and you'regenerally
promiscuous.Then you go to primary school, you
become a kid, you play, and you have no
responsibilities.Then you become a baby, and
then...You spend your last 9 months floating
peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions -
central heating, room service on tap, and
then...You finish off as an orgasm.I rest my
case.
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