Guest Speaker: Tia Powell, M.D.
Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics
Professor of Epidemiology, Division of Bioethics, and Psychiatry
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.
Since 1997, approximately $1.9 million in Wharton Fund research support has resulted in more than $50 million of funding.
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.
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The Nathaniel Wharton Fund is focused on results that can be measured. We make a unique contribution by providing biomedical "venture capital" for small studies examining the links between mental and behavioral factors and physical disease
, the Fund supports pilot studies which form the basis of credible applications to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funders.
And once these research studies are approved, the Fund provides critical infrastructure support to assure their success. If you would like more information about the fund please feel free to contact us by filling out the form. You can also make a donation by clicking on the button above. Contributions may be directed toward the support of specific projects or toward enhancing the Fund's overall mission. We thank you for your support.
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