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The Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design Petitions to Become the Nation’s First HBCU to Reopen

Detroit, MI, October 12, 2021 – Today the PENSOLE Lewis College of Business and Design (PLC) has proposed draft legislation for state authorization to be recognized as Michigan’s single HBCU with the intention to become the nation’s first-ever re-opened HBCU. PLC is the dream school-made-reality by Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, founder of the PENSOLE Design Academy in Portland, Oregon, and controlling stockholder of the previously closed Detroit-based HBCU, Lewis College of Business. Partnering with the College for Creative Studies (CCS), PLC will open in March 2022 and serve aspiring Black creatives, designers, engineers, and business leaders.
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Gilbert Family Foundation Announces Hiring of Darnell Adams as Director of Detroit Community Initiatives, Shares Update on Detroit Tax Relief Fund

DETROIT, September 23, 2021 – The Gilbert Family Foundation today announced the hiring of Darnell Adams as its Director of Detroit Community Initiatives. Adams will oversee the organization’s Detroit-based community programming as part of its “Building Opportunity and Equity” pillar. A months-long national search and competitive interview process resulted in the hiring of Adams, who […]
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Gilbert Family Foundation Funds Clinical Study to Understand Vision Loss from NF1 Optic Pathway Glioma

The Gilbert Family Foundation is excited to announce a $5.4 million study to understand the mechanisms of vision loss caused by NF1-associated optic pathway gliomas, or NF1-OPGs. Led by Drs. Robert Avery (CHOP) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Stanford), findings are expected to inform the development of future therapies, validate existing models of the disease, and help identify new metrics for evaluating the efficacy of vision restoration treatments.
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Gilbert Family Foundation Collaborates with the Children’s Oncology Group and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to Validate a New Tool to Measure Progressive Vision Loss

The Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) announced the launch of a clinical study that aims to validate optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a tool to objectively assess the visual system and its response to treatment in NF1 patients with optic pathway gliomas.
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MSU announces Gilbert Family Foundation, Rock Family of Companies support for opening Apple Developer Academy in Detroit

By: Caroline Brooks, Stephanie Motschenbacher and Lois Furry Michigan State University today announced the Gilbert Family Foundation, in partnership with the Rock Family of Companies, will support the new Apple Developer Academy in Detroit, a transformative education collaboration between Apple and MSU and the first Apple Developer Academy in North America. Apple, MSU and the Rock Family of Companies […]
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Gilbert Family Foundation Commits $11 Million to Combat Vision Loss in NF1 Patients

The Gilbert Family Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its second research institutive to accelerate the development of therapies for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Around 1 in 5 NF1 patients develop optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) that cause degradation of the optic nerve and subsequent vision loss. The Vision Restoration Initiative aims to develop innovative therapies that either repair or replace the damaged optic nerve to restore vision to these patients.
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Gilbert Family Foundation Announces $12 Million Gene Therapy Initiative to Address Underlying Cause of NF1

The Gilbert Family Foundation's seeks to eradicate neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). With our first initiative, we plan to accelerate the development of curative therapies that address the underlying genetic abnormalities in NF1 patients.
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