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Foundation Supported Research

As of 2016, your donations to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation have provided over $650,000 in grants to support CHARGE and CHD7 research.

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Research Grant Program

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Inc. announces the availability of research grants of up to $50,000 each.

The purpose of these grants is to promote:
a) new biomedical research into the etiology, genetic and molecular mechanisms and treatment of CHARGE syndrome or
b) new research into clinical and medical diagnosis and treatment of CHARGE syndrome.

Both established and new investigators are encouraged to apply. Proposals are for funding from July 15, 2016 through July 15, 2017 and may be in any area of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research. Preference will be given to investigators who are new to CHARGE research and/or to new projects with clear potential to lead to future funding from other agencies.


2016 Grant Recipients Coming Soon



2015 Pilot Grant Recipients

Philip Gage, Ph.D. at University of Michigan
Project Title: Analysis of ocular functions of CHD7 in mouse modes of CHARGE Syndrome

Faith Liebl, Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University
Project Title: Assessing the role of Kismet and CHD7 in synapse development and function using the Drosophila neuromuscular junction

Kathrin Schmeisser, Ph.D. at Université de Montréal
Project Title: Rapid drug discovery in genetic models of CHARGE Syndrome

Kai Jiao , M.D., Ph.D. at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Project Title: Regulation of gene expression by CHD7 in embryonic cardiomyocytes

2014 Pilot Grant Recipients:

Dr. Ruchi Bajpai at University of Southern California
Project Title: Identifying negative regulators of CHD7 as potential therapeutic targets for CHARGE

Fumiaki Imamura, Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University
Project Title: Role of CHD7 in Nerve Formation

Allison Bardin, Ph.D. at Institut Curie
Project Title: Exploring the link between CHD7 and the COMPASS-like complex

Dr. Conny van Ravenswaaij-Arts at University Medical Center Gronigen
Project Title: Neurological Functioning and Cerebellar Anomalies in CHARGE syndrome

2013 Pilot Grant Recipients:

Peter Scacheri, Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University
Project title: Human iPS cells as a model for the study and treatment of CHARGE syndrome

Mats Ljungman Ph.D. at University of Michigan
Project title: Use of Bru-Seq to explore the role of CHD7 in gene expression

Michael E. Talkowski, Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School:
Project title: Cryptic Genetic Causes and Modifiers of CHARGE syndrome

2012 Pilot Grant Recipients:

Ching-Pin Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Stanford University School of Medicine
Project title: Heart development and CHARGE syndrome.

Kelvin Y. Kwan Ph.D. Rutgers University
Project title: Identification of Molecular Markers to Determine Cochlear Implant Candidacy in CHARGE syndrome.

Robert Hevner, M.D., Ph.D. University of Washington
Project title: Cerebral cortex development in a mouse model of CHARGE syndrome

Elizabeth A. Hurd, Ph.D and Adam B. Stein, M.D. University of Michigan
Project title: Investigating the role of CHD7 in neural crest lineage cells.