(Atlanta, GA)— The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) is proud to announce that, thanks to the generosity of donors, the organization has awarded a research grant to Fei Li Kuang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kuang will receive $100,000 from APFED for a two-year project to examine how blood eosinophils in eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease (EGID) differ from those of other eosinophilic diseases, and how T-cells in EGIDs differ from those in food allergy.
The data gleaned from this study will provide the foundation for developing new non-invasive diagnostic tools for EGIDs and other eosinophil-associated diseases.
“I sincerely appreciate all the hard work that APFED does to support research in and patients with eosinophilic disorders such as HES and EGIDs,” shared Dr. Kuang. “This award will allow my research program to advance our understanding of EGIDS and ultimately improve patient quality of life, goals that are deeply important to me as these are also my patients.”
This is the second HOPE Pilot Grant APFED has awarded this year, thanks to community support. In July, the organization announced a two-year, $100,000 grant awarded to Dr. Michael Rosenblum at University of California in San Francisco to study the cellular and molecular interaction of skin fibroblasts (cells that are part of the skin’s structure) with eosinophils to determine the causes of disease and its relapse.
Recipients of APFED’s HOPE Pilot Grant award are chosen through a competitive peer-review process, which is how premier scientific funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health ensure top-level research in the field is funded. The grant was established to support researchers as they initiate new, innovative projects relevant to eosinophil-associated diseases that are likely to be impactful.
An ad-hoc committee of volunteer peer reviewers, experts in the field of eosinophil-associated disease research, review and score each proposal APFED receives for funding consideration. This rigorous process helps APFED to identify the best research that will have the biggest impact to best to direct donor dollars.
APFED is grateful for donors and community fundraisers that have supported the HOPE on the Horizon Research Grant Program. The advances toward a better understanding of eosinophil-associated diseases, non-invasive and accurate diagnostics, and therapeutic targets are not possible without the generosity of donations to this program.
About the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED)
The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to passionately embrace, support, and improve the lives of patients and families affected by eosinophil-associated diseases through education and awareness, research, support, and advocacy. www.apfed.org