Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Award

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $14 million in funding to support 29 interdisciplinary teams and build a network of researchers that will explore emerging ideas regarding the role of inflammation in disease. While inflammation is a natural defense that helps our bodies maintain a healthy state, chronic inflammation results in harmful diseases such as asthma, arthritis, and heart disease.

A team of Golnaz, Vahedi, PhD, Jorge Henao-Mejia, MD, PhD, and, Sarah Henrickson, MD, PhD, plans to use the award to investigate the impacts of childhood obesity on immune function.