“Innovative, locally-developed and cost-effective diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines are just a few of the transformative outcomes possible through our efforts.” Dr. Honorine Ward, Foundation Chair and Research Scientist at Tufts University
Dr. Honorine Ward, Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chair of the Foundation Board (Batch of ’69), is a preeminent researcher and scholar who works in collaboration with CMC scientists. After assuming the leadership of the Foundation Board she noted, “the vast and unique patient population in and around CMC, together with dedicated faculty, a well-established Institutional Review Board, and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, offer an unparalleled opportunity for CMC to expand clinical, basic science and translational research. Innovative, locally-developed and cost-effective diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines are just a few of the transformative outcomes possible through these efforts.”
A Strong Board Research Committee
One of Dr. Ward’s first initiatives as Chair was to establish a strong Research Committee of the Board. She invited CMC and professional colleagues to commit to an ongoing effort to focus the Foundation’s funding and strategic support, in order to bring incentives, infrastructure and training to students and junior faculty.
Research Committee members are:
$50,000 Annual Grant for Junior Faculty and Student Research
One of the Research Committee’s strong interests is in giving access to training and opportunities for sharing research projects. After in-depth conversations with leading researchers at CMC and with the executive leadership in the Directorate, the Committee drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Foundation and CMC, making 5 annual grants of $50,000 available to support the development and encouragement of research among junior faculty and students. The MOU was signed early in 2016 and we look forward to sharing with you the benefits provided by this grant.
The Foundation has made Senior Training Fellowships for faculty a core initiative, funding four or more grants per year to senior faculty from Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. Selection of the Fellows is done by CMC and is based on the unique benefits that the candidates stand to gain, as well as the likelihood that those benefits will carry over to CMC faculty and student colleagues after the Fellow’s return.
The fellowships provide the CMC faculty member funding to cover living expenses while spending 6-12 weeks in the U.S. at a chosen center of excellence. Not only does the Fellow’s acquired knowledge need to have direct application to work planned or underway at CMC, the experience should:
- Introduce the Fellow to prospective U.S.-based collaborators for future projects;
- offer CMC new partnership opportunities;
- introduce CMC faculty members as strong potential colleagues in future global projects.
The Scudder Association, a partner, an Institutional Member and a generous funder, has been a regular contributor to Senior Training Fellowships through their annual gift to the Foundation.
Staff Support for Research
For many years the Foundation has raised endowed and temporarily restricted funds for faculty chairs and fellowships, as well as expanded medical, nursing and allied health research opportunities at CMC. Most recently the Foundation supported the creation of a Research Coordinator position to assist the Vice Principal for Research. This has been an effective means of encouraging and facilitating CMC’s increasingly complex research activity.
Innovative Equipment and the Latest Technology
For more than 25 years, CMC has been the beneficiary of USAID/ASHA funding secured through the Foundation. These grants are significant and often fund capital projects. We have successfully obtained funding for many projects that either directly or indirectly benefit research at CMC.
Some examples of research-related awards include:
- $226,000 for the construction of a new Basic Sciences Lab at the Medical School (2004)
- $300,000 for state-of-the-art technology in the Pathology Department, adding to CMC’s capacity to accurately screen for pathological changes in biopsy samples. (2011)
- $600,000 for a new 3D computer tomography (CT) scanner supporting cardiac, vascular and perfusion scanning. (2013)