How the Hilton Foundation Gave for Multiple Sclerosis in 2015

In recent years, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s approach to multiple sclerosis has been all about the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA and the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research. But as we’ve recently highlighted, things have been changing at the foundation, so we decided to check in on what’s been happening with its MS program and where these grants have been going lately.

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In the first half of last year, the Hilton Foundation committed $1,695,000 to its multiple sclerosis strategic initiative. This amount represents total giving for efforts seeking a cure and improving quality of life for people who live with MS. This initiative receives consistently less than some of the foundation’s other giving priorities, but it's important nonetheless for groups working in this field.

To kick off 2015, the foundation awarded eight MS research grants, and all recipients were based in the U.S. The grant amounts from last year ranged from $440,000 to $1.1 million for the eight recipients, who were affiliated with the following institutions:

  • Winthrop University Hospital Association
  • Washington University
  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter (2 grants)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • J. David Gladstone Institutes

As you can see, funding from this Agoura Hills, California-based grantmaker stays in the U.S. but isn’t limited by state or city boundaries. Some of this grant money is going toward research into biomarkers for MS, while other funding supports adult day programs and biotech company therapeutics. This latest round of grants also supports research into brain metabolic activity, in-vitro models, and specific imaging techniques. Some of the studies extend through the end of 2016, while others through 2019 and even 2022.

To learn more about this funder’s brain and nervous system-focused funding, check out IP’s full profile, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment. Questions about Hilton’s MS program should be directed to Elizabeth Cheung, senior program officer, and Justin McAuliffe, program associate at 818-851-3700. Consider signing up for the foundation’s newsletter to stay current with upcoming calls for submissions and deadlines.