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Dresner Foundation begins review process of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research Fund applicants

The Dresner Foundation received an impressive amount of LOI submissions from researchers at several distinguished institutions.

In the coming months, the Scientific Advisory Board will review the invited full proposals and recommend to the Dresner Foundation Board of Directors the inaugural three grantees.

Michigan Humane Society – Marks One-Year Anniversary at the Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus

Dresner Foundation Names Mikkael Aaron Sekeres, MD, MS, as Chair, Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research Fund

The Dresner Foundation Board of Directors announced the appointment of Mikkael Aaron Sekeres, MD, MS, as the Chair of the Foundation’s Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research Fund. This national initiative will provide grant support for innovative MDS basic science, clinical and translational research.

“Dr. Sekeres’ energy, experience and passion for this field of work immediately captured the attention of the Directors, who unanimously selected him as the inaugural Chair,” said Lori Dresner, Board President. “Dr. Sekeres aligned with our goal of engaging a national thought leader with demonstrated scientific credibility to advance the understanding and treatment of MDS and related blood disorders and its cure.”

Dr. Sekeres is a Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Director of the Leukemia Program and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research at the Cleveland Clinic – Taussig Cancer Center. He holds a B.A. in Biology, Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both Harvard University affiliated institutions.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to help translate Joseph Dresner’s vision for research in MDS into the next generation of exciting therapies and potential cures.”

Dr. Sekeres formally assumed this role January 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact Virginia Romano, Dresner Foundation, 248-785-0299.

826michigan Detroit Robot Factory – Ribbon Cutting

The 826michigan Detroit Robot Factory ribbon cutting was held on October 5, 2016 complete with flowers and snacks, hard hats for the little ones, joyous sounds from the Detroit Party Marching Band, and even a giant metal bear on wheels. Detroit student author Cassidy Vega did the honors of cutting a giant red ribbon with 826 co-founder Dave Eggers looking on, and the party continued inside our new tutoring and writing lab upstairs.

Exponent Philanthropy Hall of Outsized Impact

Our Grant to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program was selected for highlight in the Hall of Outsized Impact at the recent Exponet Philanthropy Conference in Chicago, IL. Click here to see the rest of the highlighted grants!

Impact Poster

Michigan Humane Society Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus – Dedication

The MHS Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus was dedicated on May 19, 2016. The Care Campus offers progressive animal care and housing, an expanded veterinary center, a new home for the MHS Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department, dedicated canine and feline rehabilitation areas and secure and spacious shelter dog play yards.

Dresner Foundation Soul Studio – Grand Opening

The Dresner Soul Studio grand opening was held on May 9, 2016. The Soul Studio provides young adults with special needs an opportunity to express themselves creatively through various artistic forms.

Health Research

We are in the process of creating a new MDS research fund that will foster out-of-the-box thinking and actively embrace and support innovation in the field of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). An update will be posted when the Foundation begins to accept requests for this fund.