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The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation supports medical research within the State of California in efforts toward curing, treating and managing Diabetes Mellitus, and chronic and degenerative diseases associated with Aging, with a primary focus on brain and vision disorders.

The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation is a California non-profit public benefit corporation funded through a bequest from Larry L. Hillblom, a respected international businessman who was one of the three founders of DHL Worldwide Express.

By virtue of Mr. Hillblom’s will, substantially all of the Foundation’s funding supports medical research within the State of California, with particular attention to research programs conducted by the University of California. The Foundation supports basic scientific research, clinical research, and research related to patient self-care and management.

The Board of the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation has assigned its initial medical research priorities in efforts toward curing, treating and managing diabetes mellitus, and chronic and degenerative diseases associated with aging, with a primary focus on brain and vision disorders.

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LLHF has awarded approximately $132 million in grants.

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Total medical research grants awarded to major universities & institutions

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Grants awarded for research efforts toward curing, treating and managing diabetes mellitus

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Grants awarded to study chronic and degenerative diseases associated with aging.

Funded Research

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Adit Friedberg, MD

Transcriptional Landscape of Cellular Senescence in the Human Brain in Healthy Aging and in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Bastian Ramms, PhD

Exploring the Translational Potential of a New Mitogenic Target in Beta Cells

Timothy Chang, MD, PhD

Rare Genetic Risk and Cell-Type Gene Networks in Tauopathy Across Ancestries

Aksinya Derevyanko, PhD

Delivery of Astrocyte-Secreted Factor to Rescue Synapses in Alzheimer's Disease

Angela Gomez-Arboledas, PhD

Influence of C5a-C5aR1 Signaling on Synaptic Pruning in Alzheimer’s Disease

Ahmet Arac, MD

Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Age-Related Decline in Motor Skills

Lin Yuan, PhD

Molecular Mechanisms of Sensory Neuropathy in Excitotoxicity and Diabetes Models

Kif Liakath-Ali, PhD

Studying mRNA Splicing Mechanism in Aging Neurons at Single Cell Resolution

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