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August 26, 2015

Grants Roundup: $65.7 Million Awarded for Health Studies

Clare McLean, University of Washington

A $65.7-million grant will support university studies on obesity, mental-health care, appendicitis, and other health issues.

Here are notable new grants The Chronicle has learned about in recent weeks:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

A total of $65.7 million for six health-research projects at universities: $56.7 million supports four clinical studies investigating treatment options for appendicitis, ways to improve behavioral and mental-health care, and options to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients getting hip and knee replacements. $9 million supports two studies on obesity, one on weight-loss surgery and the other on weight gain that may be caused by use of antibiotics among young children.


$5 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create the first six "centers of innovation" on or near military bases in the United States and Europe to support children of military families. Full-time mentors will lead club members in projects in which science, technology, engineering, and math principles are used to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on community-improvement projects.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

A total of nearly $4 million for organizations administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund supporting youth in Flint, Mich. $3.1 million supports the after-school program YouthQuest, which provides educational and enrichment opportunities to more than 2,000 students, primarily in Flint Community Schools.

Jim Joseph Foundation

A total of $13.6 million awarded to organizations promoting Jewish learning experiences for young adults and teens in the United States. Grantees include the Birthright Israel Foundation, which received $2.5 million in operational support for its 10-day immersive programs in Israel.

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

A total of $1.85 million to nine local Jewish programs that work to meet the needs of underserved populations, reenvision the roles of synagogues and religious leaders, and use technology and art to reach broader audiences. The largest grant — $250,000 over three years — goes to the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust, providing a financial lifeline to Jews with disabilities.

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