Part of what makes the University of Minnesota successful as a research institution is an abundance of powerful technologies available to scientists.
Over the last two years, support from Minnesota Masonic Charities has played an important role in allowing faculty across the U to use neurogenomics and neuroimaging technologies for high-risk but potentially high-reward studies aimed at improving the health of children.
So far, Masonic support has accelerated 12 projects on topics ranging from the impact of iron deficiency on gene expression to the role of the gut microbiome in human development.
Although many of these studies are still underway, they have already produced promising results.
Five researchers have presented findings at national conferences and all have submitted or are close to submitting proposals to leverage larger grants. As one of the researchers says, “This award provided the key piece of evidence asked for by the reviewers of my National Institutes of Health grant proposal. We hope it is this piece that puts the proposal over the top for funding.”