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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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Kimberly Lewis, PhD

Integrating the Metabolome with the Transcriptome and miRNAome in Underactive Adults at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Xuchen Zhang, PhD

Rejuvenating the Aging Brain - Genetic Dissection of Synaptic Adhesion Molecules on Promoting Synapse Formation

Xin Jin, PhD

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Brain Aging

Sarah Kaufman, MD, PhD

Actin-mitochondria Interactions During Stress and Aging

Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria, PhD

Actin-mitochondria Interactions During Stress and Aging

Katlin Silm, PhD

Role of Cysteine String Protein in Dopamine Neuron Function and Vulnerability to Degeneration

Fleur Ferguson, PhD

Chemical Tools for Deciphering Parkinson's Disease Signaling

Finn Wolfreys, PhD

Screening and Characterization of Protein Folding Correctors for Non-Surgical Treatment of Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy

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