The Nathaniel Wharton Fund
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What We Do

Pictured above from left to right: Jeffery Lieberman MD, Ralph Wharton MD, Richard Sloan PhD, and Lee Goldman MD.

The Nathaniel Wharton Fund serves a unique function in support of innovative biomedical research at the intersection of mind, brain, and behavior with physical illness. The Fund supports a broad variety of projects in basic research, clinical care, and teaching at the Columbia University Medical Center. All activities are directed at finding practical ways to incorporate mind-body issues into the practices of medicine. The Fund also provides ongoing support for Columbia University Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Laboratory, a central facility for research in mind-body interactions. The Fund's small size permits the rapid support of innovative projects as new mind-body medical issues arise. Since 1997, approximately $1.9 million in Wharton Fund research support has resulted in more than $50 million of funding.

Current Research Projects

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Catherine Monk, PhD

Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Richard Sloan, PhD

Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center

Martin Picard, PhD

Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology (in Behavioral Medicine)

Since 1997, approximately $1.9 million in Wharton Fund research support has resulted in more than $50 million of funding.

Venture Capital
for Innovative Biomendical Research

Pictured above is a map of all the locations our funded researchers have gone to present. Click here to see the full list of researchers.

The Nathaniel Wharton Fund plays a unique role in support of innovative biomedical research on important health issues at the intersection of mind, brain, behavior and physical illness.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
In the United States, the principal sources of funding for biomedical research are the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and large foundations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. To receive funding from these organizations, scientists submit grant applications describing the research studies they propose. But because these funding bodies tend to focus narrowly — one NIH institute for cancer, another for heart disease, a third for mental health, and so on — opportunities for research that cuts across disciplines are greatly limited, and research proposals addressing important interdisciplinary problems face special diffi culty in the competition for funding. These proposals must be especially compelling: they must not only suggest innovative approaches to address important problems, but also demonstrate promising results from preliminary studies.

THIS IS WHERE THE WHARTON FUND MAKES ITS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION:
it provides the seed funding essential to performing these preliminary studies. By providing biomedical “venture capital” for small studies examining the links between mental and behavioral factors and physical disease, the Fund enables the pilot studies which form the basis of highly competitive applications to the NIH and other funders. And once these research studies are approved, the Fund provides critical infrastructure support to assure their success, providing the basis for further research.

THIS STRATEGY HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL. Since 1997, approximately $11M in Wharton Fund research support has resulted in nearly $70M of additional federal and foundation funding.

Our Board of Directors




Ralph Wharton, MD

Executive Director

Richard Sloan, PhD

Secretary

Lennard Wharton, PhD

Chair

Alan Siegel

Chair Emeritus

Marcia Stein

Board Member

Janet K. Rodgers

Board Member

Catherine Monk, PhD

Board Member

Peter Shapiro, MD

Board Member

Stanley Gilbert

Board Member

Linda Bicks

Board Member

Joanna Green

Board Member

Rebecca Wharton

Board Member

Paul M. Connolly

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