CFRI and the Elizabeth Nash Memorial Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Research in CF
In August of 2003, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., an independent non-profit organization, re-named their fellowship program to honor Liz, her work in CF research, and her service as chairperson of the CFRI research advisory committee. The Elizabeth Nash Memorial Fellowship program is designed to encourage post-doctoral fellows to pursue careers in CF research and is awarded annually to scientists in the San Francisco Bay Area. To date this program has resulted in publication of 39 research articles in highly regarded scientific journals. A select list of papers published through this funding is available here.
Student CF Research Award for High School Seniors and Undergraduates, a Partnership with CHORI (on hold)
The Elizabeth Nash Foundation previously maintained a partnership with Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland (CHORI), an internationally renowned biomedical research institute that bridges basic science and clinical research in the prevention and treatment of human disease. The Elizabeth Nash Foundation Summer Research Award was made available to high school seniors and undergraduates who had a strong interest in pursuing CF research. The award was designed to identify and train the next generation of talented CF researchers. Students received a stipend from the Foundation and CHORI paired student with a mentor scientist to guide them through a structured CF research project. Recipients co-authored publications involving their summer research in Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, and Pediatric Pulmonology, and several award winners went on to attend medical school or pursue a graduate degree in science.
“Working in the Fischer-Illek lab has been such an exciting and valuable experience for me. Drs Illek and Fischer have been patient and taught me an enormous amount in a short time. Their enthusiasm and determination has been an inspiration. I want to express my deep appreciation to the Elizabeth Nash Foundation whose generosity and dedication to CF research has provided me this opportunity”
- Joan, Student CF Research Award Recipient