The 2024 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants Application Period Is Open

Michelson Medical Research Foundation and Human Immunome Project are accepting applications for the 2024 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants from April 1 – June 9. The annual prizes award $150,000 research grants to early-career scientists advancing human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

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Michelson Philanthropies Impact Report

Michelson Philanthropies is pleased to share the 2023-2024 Impact Report. With the support of dedicated staff, grantees, and partners, we have endeavored to deliver transformative opportunities through grantmaking, impact investments, advocacy, and programmatic work that support vulnerable and underserved communities.

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News from Michelson Philanthropies | April 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends and partners of Michelson Philanthropies,

As a philanthropist and advocate for animal welfare, the late Erika Brunson found a like-minded spirit in Dr. Gary Michelson. Through their organizations and support for life-saving efforts, the pair worked closely to expand spay and neuter services throughout Los Angeles.

Revolutionizing Medicine and Philanthropy: Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson Win 2024 Humanitarian Award

The award recognizes the Michelsons’ inspiring work as co-chairs of Michelson Philanthropies, a network of four private operating foundations that advance education, animal welfare, public policy, intellectual property, and medical research.

Better Neighbor Project Hosts First Pet Wellness Day of 2024

The event, which was organized in partnership with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Eastmont Community Center, took place at the East LA Civic Center. 

Dr. Claire Otero Awarded Michelson Prize for Proposal to Develop Cytomegalovirus Vaccines

Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Immunome Project have awarded the 2023 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants to Dr. Claire Otero in recognition of her proposal to develop vaccines against cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that can cause birth defects in newborns.

Michelson 20MM Shares Lessons Learned from Implementing AB 2881

The Michelson 20MM Foundation recently held a webinar on the state of pregnant and parenting students in California. The webinar focused on the recent passage of Assembly Bill 2881.

Dr. Gary K. Michelson's Low-Cost Solution to L.A.’s Animal Shelter Crisis

Bolder measures are needed now to prevent pet overpopulation.  A major part of the solution is to expand public voucher programs to fund low- and no-cost spay and neuter services to prevent unnecessary births and therefore, unwanted animals being brought into shelters.

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vulnerable and underserved communities.

Beautiful Journey with Alya Michelson

In a series of interviews by Michelson Philanthropies Co-Chair Alya Michelson, the “Beautiful Journey” podcast delves into the lives of inspiring immigrant women who are building their futures in a new country. Hear about the challenges, triumphs, and the valuable lessons they’ve learned along their unique paths.

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Better Neighbor Project Hosts First Pet Wellness Day of 2024

Better Neighbor Project Hosts First Pet Wellness Day of 2024

“It’s a comfort to us to know that these services are available for the community, especially for residents that are hard-pressed right now with the cost of living so high”.   - LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis Video credit: MFA - Check out the video for highlights...

Michelson 20MM Shares Lessons Learned from Implementing AB 2881

Michelson 20MM Shares Lessons Learned from Implementing AB 2881

Video credit: Michelson 20MM The Michelson 20MM Foundation recently held a webinar on the state of pregnant and parenting students in California. There are currently over 480,000 student parents in California, representing 20% of all undergraduates in the state’s...