While the Eagles football team left Philadelphia to compete in Super Bowl LVII, Uplifting Athletes held its Young Investigator Draft. Inspired by the NFL Draft, the event awards $200,000 in research grants to 10 all-star scientists at the beginning of their careers, and was presented by CSL Behring at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Uplifting Athletes is a nonprofit organization that connects student-athletes across the country as well as professional athlete ambassadors with their local rare disease community to raise awareness and funds.
The sixth annual Young Investigator Draft includes 10 emerging scientists, each of whom will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support their vital work in rare disease research.
“The members of our 2023 Young Investigator Draft Class represent a group of early-career, diverse researchers who are tremendous assets to the rare disease community,” said Rob Long, executive director of Uplifting Athletes. The 10 scientists that were honored span the research of rare diseases at institutions across the United States.