Latest SPARK Award Recipients

Announcing the 2021 SPARK Award Recipients

SPARK is grateful for the support of the Dean’s office, ┬áStanford MCHRI, the Weston-Havens foundation, SPECTRUM, BioX, the Stanford Cancer Institute, and the departments of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, and Otolaryngology in funding these projects
  1. Lead Scientists: Jin Billy Li, Jonathan M. Geisinger, Xin Liu

Title: Discovery of small molecule inhibitors for autoimmune diseases

  1. Lead Scientist: Paul George

Title: Development of a Stroke Recovery Therapeutic

  1. Lead Scientists: Jon-Paul Pepper, Phil Beachy

Title: Topical treatments to enhance motor nerve regeneration after injury and repair

  1. Lead Scientists: Gerald Crabtree, Nathanael Gray

Title: Hijacking Breast Cancer Drivers to Activate Apoptotic Pathways

  1. Lead Scientists: Mehrdad Shamloo, Jennifer Lin

Title: Novel therapeutics for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

  1. Lead Scientists: Joyce Liao, Ajay Kumar

Title: A Small Molecule Therapy for The Treatment of Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

  1. Lead Scientists: Wendy Liu, Jeffery Goldberg

Title: Promoting scar-free tissue reconstruction after glaucoma surgery

  1. Lead Scientist: Alan Pao

Title: Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors for Prevention of Kidney Stones

  1. Lead Scientists: Daria Mochly-Rosen, Benjamin Kraemer

Title: Novel Therapeutic for Pediatric Hyperprolinemia Type II

  1. Lead Scientists: Kevin Grimes, Rebecca Chan, Justin Donnelly, Nick Diamantoni, Samson Mataraso, Carly Tompkins

Title: A Novel Treatment for Pre-Eclampsia

  1. Lead Scientists: Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Alma-Martina Cepika, Mara Pavel-Dinu, Matthew Porteus, Alice Bertaina

Title: Development of a 2nd generation engineered Tr1 cell therapy

  1. Lead Scientists: Thomas Larocca, Matthew Wheeler

Title: Development of an anti-sense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapeutic in a pediatric patient with refractory epilepsy

  1. Lead Scientists: Elizabeth Mellins, Jennifer Frankovich

Title: Development of actionable biomarkers in pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS)

  1. Lead Scientists: Claudia Petritsch, Gerald Grant, Paolo Decuzzi

Title: microMESH-based therapeutic approach for children with brain cancer

  1. Lead Scientists: Bereketeab Haileselassie, Daria Mochly-Rosen

Title: Identifying an inhibitor of immune dysregulation in pediatric sepsis

  1. Lead Scientists: Alice Bertaina, Priscila Ferreira Slepicka

Title: Genetic Engineering of Gamma Delta (╬│╬┤) T Cells as Immunotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia