Pharmacy Faculty Member Receives First-ever Collins Medical Trust Research Grant

Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Fawzy Elbarbry, received a Collins Medical Trust research grant to support his complimentary and alternative medicine research on hypertension.



Fawzy Elbarbry, PhD

Elbarbry's research, titled Investigating the Anti-hypertensive Effect of Thymoquinone: Role of Modulating Arachidonic Acid Metabolism versus Anti-oxidant Effect, will seek to discover whether Thymoquinone (TQ)-containing dietary supplements for hypertension, have an underlying anti-hypertensive mechanism and how it may affect drug metabolizing enzymes. Moreover, if TQ is found to have an anti-hypertensive effect through inhibition of enzymes involved in arachidonic acid metabolism, TQ-containing complimentary and alternative medicine would be a source of drug/disease interactions. The research will also show that simple dietary constituents have the potential to impact human health and significantly reduce the cost in health care.

 

The Collins Medical Trust was established in 1956 by Truman W. Collins as a tax-exempt charitable trust under the laws of the State of Oregon.  It is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and has been classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a) of the Code. 
The Trust is directed by a Board of Trustees.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 
POLICIES:
The Original Trust document states that monies from the Trust shall be used:
“To aid, further, promote, develop, encourage and sponsor research, experiment and work in the cause, cure and treatment of human disease or in any field of medical research, and
 To aid, further and promote medical education.” 
With this statement as a guide, and having knowledge of the desires and concerns of the Trustor, Mr. Collins, and applicable laws, the Trustees over the ensuing years have established the following general guidelines under which grant requests are considered:
1.      Disbursements are made only to organizations which have established their tax-exempt status with the U.S. Treasury Department and are operated exclusively for scientific and/or educational purposes.
2.      Preference is given to projects and programs conducted by qualified organizations within the State of Oregon.
3.      Funds cannot be paid directly to or for the benefit of any specific individual. This does not preclude grants to qualified institutions for organized scholarship programs.  Education is generally geared toward the education of health care professionals.
4.      Grants for annual operating budgets or for deficit financing are not favored.
5.      Disbursements are normally not made to “Private Foundations”, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code
6.     The Trust will not support efforts to influence legislation or other political action.
7.      In considering projects or programs involving substantial funds, the Trust prefers to participate with other donors and expects the applicant to seek additional support.
Preference is given to projects or proposals where the researcher/investigator is newly embarking on their research career and is clearly supported by their respective mentor(s)

The Collins Medical Trust was established in 1956 by Truman W. Collins The trust supports the aid, furtherance, promotion, development, and encouragment of sponsored research, experiment and work in the cause, cure and treatment of human disease or in any field of medical research, and to aid, further and promote medical education. Preference is given to projects or proposals where researchers/investigators are newly embarking on their research career and are clearly supported by their respective mentor(s).


Posted by Brian Hess (hess4327@pacificu.edu) on Jan 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Edited by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Feb 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

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