June 4, 2015 May 15, 2015, NEW YORK, NY — As part of its mission to bring together leading research and medical talent and institutions from the US and China as well as greater Asia, the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP Foundation) today announces that it has made its 2015 Fellowship and Project Awards in Geriatrics (under the Irma and Paul Milstein Program for Senior Health), Dermatology and Hematology. The Foundation has expanded to include Translational Medicine and Reproductive Medicine as additional funding areas and are announcing the first recipients of the awards in these categories.The MMAAP Foundation, established in 2011 with the aim of facilitating exchanges and collaborations among the leading medical talents in the US and China, as well as Great Asia, has previously supported several outstanding Chinese researchers in Geriatrics, Dermatology, and Hematology. The Foundation’s funding areas are now expanded to include Translational Medicine and Reproductive Medicine in 2015. A number of Fellowships and Research Projects are awarded in the above areas each year. The Fellowship award supports one-year training for a promising investigator in clinical or basic research in the US at a distinguished host institution. The Project Award supports a research project conducted in China in partnership with a prominent US institution that will potentially produce measurable effect on health within 2 years.“Mr. Howard P. Milstein, Chairman and founder of the MMAAP Foundation has the vision to bring together and fund exchanges among the best research, medical talent, and institutions in the regions. We would also like to thank China Wanxiang Holdings Co. Ltd for their generous contribution to support two fellowship awards under the Irma and Paul Milstein Program for Senior Health.” said Sean Leng, MD, President of the MMAAP Foundation. “This year’s recipients represent the most promising researchers in their respective fields and will play an integral role in furthering medical research and strengthening relations between the US and Asia”.Grant applications were evaluated through a two-step peer review process according to the National Institutes of Health standards. All proposals were jointly reviewed by Chinese and US experts in each field. The highest-ranked applications, selected by the Chinese panels, were then reviewed by a panel of experts in the US with the finalists submitted for approval by the MMAAP Foundation. The US panels in Geriatrics, Dermatology, Hematology, Reproductive Medicine, and Translational Medicine include members of the American Geriatrics Society, Medical Advisory Committee of American Skin Association, the New York Blood Center, and the Jones Foundation respectively, as well as members of other leading US institutions in each field.For more information on the MMAAP Foundation, please visit www.mmaapf.org. AWARDEES2015 Irma and Paul Milstein Program for Senior Health Awards in Geriatric Medicine Research Project AwardProject Name: Reliability, validity, and diagnostic utility of five brief dementia screening tools in Chinese primary care: A comparative studyPrincipal Investigator: Baoliang Zhong, MD, MS, PhDChinese Institution: Wuhan Mental Health CenterUS Institution: University of Rochester School of Medicine Fellowship AwardsProject Name: Healthspan-extension compound icariin as a neuroprotectant for Parkinson’s diseaseRecipient: Waijiao Cai, MD, PhDChinese Institution: Aging and Age-related Diseases Research Center/Integrated, Chinese and Western Medicine Institute, Huashan Hospital, Fudan UniversityUS Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University Project Name: Role of Autophagy in the inhibition of cytomegalovirus-induced cellular senescence by resveratrolRecipient: Haiyan Zhang, MD, PhDChinese Institution: the 1st Affiliated of Hospital, China Medical UniversityUS Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Project Name: Risk factors for Cognitive Aging: What Big Data Analytics RevealRecipient: Jinlei Li, PhDChinese Institution: Peking Union School of Public HealthUS Institution: The Framingham Heart Study in Boston University School of Medicine 2015 Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation Awards in Dermatology and Cutaneous BiologyResearch Project AwardProject Name: The role and molecular mechanism of TOX in mycosis fungoidesPrincipal Investigator: Jie Liu MD, PhDChinese Institution: Department of Dermatology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical CollegeUS Institution: Department of Dermatology, Medical College of Wisconsin Fellowship AwardProject Name: Characterization of Age-associated Matrisome in Human SkinRecipient: Yan Yan, MDChinese Institution: Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical CollegeUS Institution: The Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School 2015 Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation Awards in HematologyResearch Project AwardProject Name: Mechanism of the effects of donor KIR3DL1 alleles and host HLA alleles interaction on preventing relapse after unmanipulated haploidentical transplantationPrincipal Investigator: Xiangyu- Zhao MD, PhDChinese Institution: Peking University Institute of HematologyUS Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Fellowship AwardProject Name: Application of Molecular Engineering and Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer in the Immunotherapy of LymphomaRecipient: Junmin Li, PhDInstitution: Ruijin Hospital affiliated to School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityUS Institution: Dept. of Bioengineering, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, University of California at San Diego 2015 Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation Awards in Translational MedicineResearch Project AwardProject Name: Local inhibition of complement to improve outcomes of MSCbased therapy for autoimmune uveitisPrincipal Investigator: Xiaorong Li, PhD, MDChinese Institution: Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital & Eye InstituteUS Institution: Department of Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Fellowship AwardProject Name: Combining Immune Checkpoint inhibition with Oncolytic Immuno-stimulation for Glioma TherapyRecipient: Yuhui Zhang, MDChinese Institution: Department of Neurosurgery, Shanghai Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical UniversityUS Institution: Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School 2015 Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation Awards in Reproductive MedicineFellowship AwardProject Name: The new strategy of treatment for fetal genetic diseases: preimplantation genetic treatment (PGT)Recipient: Xin Chen, MD, MScInstitution: Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical UniversityUS Institution: Yale School of Medicine About the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP Foundation)The mission of the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP Foundation) is to improve world health by developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the US and China, as well as greater Asia. Working with some of the premier health organizations in the world, the MMAAP Foundation brings together and funds exchanges among the best research, medical talent, and institutions in the regions. This strategy is a high priority for the MMAAP Foundation’s founders, Howard P. Milstein and the Paul Milstein Family. The MMAAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more than 50 years, the Milstein family has been actively involved in health-related and medical philanthropy. The MMAAP Foundation builds upon this distinguished history in five areas: Senior Healthcare, Skin Disease and Melanoma, Reproductive Biology, Blood Research, and Translational Medicine. The MMAAP Foundation works in close collaboration with other medical organizations supported by the Milstein family, including American Skin Association, the Milstein Melanoma Research Program at the Rockefeller University, the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, New York Blood Center, and the Program for Translational Chemical Biology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. For more information, please visit MMAAP Foundation’s website at www.mmaapf.org.