Rice University has announced that teams of researchers from the university, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) have received grant support through the L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund.

Now in its fourth year, the $3 million program aims to promote novel solutions to difficult medical problems through the combined expertise of Texas Medical Center scientists, engineers, and physicians who might not otherwise collaborate. This year’s grantees received funding to study leukemia, pediatric heart valves, lysosomal storage disorders, and the bacteria that causes strep throat and other maladies.

Grant recipients include TMHRI’s Paul Sumby and Rice University’s Edward Nikonowicz, who will study the expression of genes that code for a subset of virulence-enhancing proteins supporting group A Streptococcus, which causes strep throat and necrotizing fasciitis (also know as “flesh-eating syndrome”); and Zachary Ball and David Tweardy of Texas Children’s and Michele Redelle of the Baylor College of Medicine, who will work to develop new drugs for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

“The quality of the proposals received this year maintains the high standards we’ve seen since we began the fund,” said L.E. Simmons, a trustee at Rice and Texas Children’s Hospital and a TMHRI board member. “The choices are always difficult, but no task we take on is as satisfying as supporting the groundbreaking work being done by these researchers.”

For more on this grant, please read the Rice University Press Release.

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