The Rasch Foundation supports health and medical research directed at childhood eczema (and other allergic reactions) and fibromyalgia. In our view, both of these chronic conditions can have a debilitating effect on those who suffer from them, yet both receive relatively little attention in the medical research community. The Foundation also supports research into blood cancers, particularly Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lymphomas do not generally attract the support and research dollars as some “higher profile” cancers and so the Foundation hopes to impact this area of research.
The Foundation utilizes a systematic approach to determining how and where to direct its investments in medical research funding. Our goal is to raise both the level of awareness as well as the levels of funding directed at finding triggers, treatments, and cures. In each case we start with an epidemiologic environmental scan to gain an understanding of the current state of medical knowledge and to identify potential areas where directed research will have the greatest potential impact. We then use the results of the scan to focus on those research areas and approaches where our investment can have maximum impact. We also talk to both leading researchers in a given area of study, as well as “out-of-the-box” thinkers whose ideas may result in a fresh approach to tackling the problems.