Lawrence C. Pakula, MD IBD Education and Innovation Fund

In recognition of the Pakula family’s 100-year legacy at Washington University, one of the newest and most promising programs at Washington University exemplifies Dr. Pakula’s dedication to patients and research aimed at solving global health problems. Led by a physician who shares Dr. Pakula’s values, the new Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) program is the only comprehensive IBD Center of Excellence within a 300-mile radius of St. Louis.

Already one of the largest IBD centers in the country, the new collaboration brings together more than 60 world-class faculty experts. Its tripartite mission is to provide clinical care that is compassionate, comprehensive, and at the cutting-edge of IBD medicine; develop the next generation of IBD clinicians and scientists; and relentlessly pursue a cure for IBD through leadership in innovative research.

With IBD incidence growing across the world, there is a desperate need for global solutions to IBD. The dedication and passion for unlocking these solutions is stronger than ever at Washington University. The Lawrence C. Pakula Education and Innovation Fund  will drive medical breakthroughs that will move science towards an IBD cure by:

  1. Funding seed grants selected through scientific peer reviews
  2. Establishing the IBD Innovators research award.
  3. Naming an Advanced IBD Fellowship for the most outstanding young investigators as Lawrence C. Pakula Fellows

The Lawrence C. Pakula Education and Innovation Fund will advance the transformative treatment, education, and research in IBD for which Washington University is known.  Washington University School of Medicine is honored to celebrate 100 years of family dedication to medical advancement.  The Lawrence C. Pakula Education and Innovation Fund continues that phenomenal legacy and imagines the future of IBD care around the world.

3 Funding mechanisms:

  • Fellow/Resident Small IBD Seed Awards: to stimulate interest in IBD research and care
  • Research Innovator Awards:
    • Initial focus will be on young investigators who need a stimulus to jumpstart the project or take it to the next level.
    • Up to two cycles of support.
    • Rapid and flexible funding to ensure maximal and timely impact
  • Fellowships: Provide advanced training in IBD clinical care and research for those committing their career to the field.

Fellowship awards are granted to selected recipients through the Advanced IBD Fellowship application.

Each award is evaluated by:

  • Scientific Support Committee: Comprised of representatives from each area below offering expert guidance in IBD and human translational research.
    • Director of the Lawrence C Pakula IBD Education and Innovation Fund
    • Pathology and Immunology
    • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Research Awards
    • Pediatric GI Division Chief
    • GI Division Chief
  • Annual meeting presentation to SSC and IBD community stakeholders includes representatives from:
    • WUSM IBD Center
    • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
    • University stakeholders