The Interleukin Foundation for Medical Research funding basic and applied medical research primarily related to the Interleukin-1 family.
In September, President of the Interleukin Foundation, Charles A. Dinarello, received the honorary degree Doctor of Medicine hororis causa from Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark). Dr. Dinarello also received the Pfaundler Medal from the Ludwig Maximillian University (Munich) Germany on January 26, 2017 and presented his Lecture “Interleukin-1: Mediator of Fever, Systemic and Local Inflammation. Meinhard von Pfaundler was one of the first academic pediatricians in Germany and described the Hurler-Pfaundler disease, now known as one of the mucopolysaccharide storage diseases. More importantly Pfaundler focused on bringing down the mortality rate of young babies. The medal and lecture are supported by the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Care-for-Rare Foundation.
The Foundation has awarded several new grants in 2016. One was to Marie Louise Kristenen and Jesper Falkesgaard Højen of Aarhus University (Denmark) to support studies on the Interleukin-1 Receptor-3. This receptor is the co-receptor for IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-33 and IL-36. Their studies aim to provide pre-clinical data for future clinical trials. The Foundation is also supporting the studies of Dr. Carlo Marchetti. Dr. Marchetti received his PhD degree from the University of Rome, La Sapienza and his work is focusing on oral inhibitors of the gene NLRP3, a key pathway in inflammation.