Dr. Pedram Gerami, Department of Dermatology (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Dr. Pedram Gerami, Department of Dermatology (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

A little bit of money can go very far, especially when addressing medical research.

At the IDP Foundation, we have championed medical research by supporting research scientists at Northwestern University who are looking to tackle many diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. We have accomplished this by developing two grants: the IDP Foundation Research Scientists Fund and the IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grant.

IDP Foundation Cardiac Research Grant


The IDP Foundation is excited to announce that it has entered into another partnership with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine with the newly-created IDP Foundation Cardiac Research Grant. Over the next five years, the $1 million grant will help to advance the efforts of the Heart Valve Disease Research Program in the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation. The focus will be to establish a cardiovascular imaging center and advance projects focused on improved outcomes in aortic stenosis through multimodality cardiovascular imaging, basic research, and clinical application. The IDP Foundation’s partnership will accelerate research and advance care for patients by ensuring that the faculty have the resources to continue developing groundbreaking approaches for individuals living with heart valve disease.

IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grant


Designed to encourage a spirit of collaboration, the IDP Foundation pledged $1 million to create the IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grants at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center of Northwestern University. These “seed” grants have provided Lurie Cancer Center scientists and clinicians with resources to address novel questions and explore new ideas relating to cancer.

IDP Foundation Research Scientists Fund


In 2008, the IDP Foundation Research Scientists Fund was established to advance some of the most promising research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and its affiliated centers, including the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, known for their cutting-edge research initiatives, superb clinical affiliates, global outlook, and innovative curriculum, as well as The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, dedicated to the highest standards of cancer research, patient care, education, and community outreach.

The IDP Foundation Research Scientists are representative of the more than 250 physician-scientists who comprise the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. These investigators are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through pioneering research and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care. The IDP Foundation Research Scientists fund remains paramount to their growth as a premier cancer care, education, outreach, and research institution.

In 2015, the IDP Foundation provided a grant to Dr. James Surmeier, Ph.D. to enable his team’s innovation and progress, offering new hope for people living with Parkinson’s disease and its many challenges.

See below for some of the research scientists we have supported.


Dr. James Surmeier

Department of Physiology

The research in our lab revolves around a wide variety of psychomotor disorders including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome.

James Surmeier, PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Blueprint for Neuroscience Research grant by the NIH.

Dr. Surendra Basti

Department of Ophthalmology

The IDP Foundation is helping me to study what measures can help prevent or control eye problems in patients receiving chemotherapeutic agents or stem cell transplants for their cancers.

Dr. David Bentrem

Department of Surgery

My GI (gastrointestinal) oncology projects examine the role of the tumor microenvironment in pancreas and colon cancer. With the support of the IDP Foundation, I am investigating the role of inflammation and the cross talk between inflammatory cells (mast cells and regulatory T cells) and cancer cells.

Dr. Johnathan Cotliar

Department of Dermatology

The IDP Foundation is allowing me to continue my research focused on the cutaneous complications of stem cell transplantation.

Dr. Pedram Gerami

Department of Dermatology

The IDP Foundation has given me the support and opportunity to further develop novel molecular techniques for diagnosis of complex melanocytic neoplasms and melanoma so that patients can get the most accurate and appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Leonidas C. Platanias

Director – Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

The IDP Foundation Innovation Challenge Awards will support innovative, team-driven, cancer research projects that are translational in nature, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative in design and conduct.

Join the conversation