Non-Profit Partners and Humanitarian Activities

PRI values the importance of scientific research, public health, and the entrepreneurial spirit.  To this end, PRI supports non-profit organizations to make a positive impact in our community and worldwide.   Our family of non-profit organizations include Juvare, the Sustainable Sciences Institute, The Sankofa Center for African Culture and Dance, and The Panorama Institute of Molecular Medicine, PRI .

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Omo Valley Biomedical and Cultural Documentation Expedition
Synopsis
1. Carry out health survey, HIV testing and provide basic medical care to isolated tribes in the lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
2. Obtain digital video documentation to create a “BARAKA-like” “Visual poem” of the native peoples of the Omo Valley.
3. Obtain digital photographic documentation of native peoples of the Omo Valley of sufficient quality to publish a book to be distributed on Amazon.com.
4. Document visits to hospitals and health outposts in Addis Ababa as well as smaller towns enroute to Omo Valley. Establish dialog with healthcare workers at outposts prior to clinics in Omo Valley. Determine feasibility of TB and Malaria testing using novel point-of-care diagnostics developed by ID-FISH.
5. Visit OMOCHILD Foundation, learning more about program and potential areas for future collaboration with Sankofa Center for African Culture and Dance.

Bhutan 2015 Expedition
Synopsis
1. Learn as much as possible about the medical/health needs of the country: document visits to hospitals, outpost clinics, etc.
2. Engage members of Bhutan’s medical community making contacts for future work.
3. Participate in medical/surgical outreach programs.
4. Based on above: Initiate medical philanthropic program(s) in Bhutan.
5. Ethnophotographic documentation of Bhutanese culture and society.

Komodo 2015 Expedition
Synopsis
1. Investigate two controversial issues:
a. Idenity of LB1, aka the “Hobbit”, a new potential archaic member of genus Homo.
b. Validity of contention that Komodo dragons kill prey via induction of sepsis via oral bacteria.
2. Photo-documentation of local people
3. Visit hospitals, clinics and pharmacies
4. Investigate potential humanitarian project(s)

2015 Morocco Expedition: Middle Paleolithic Humans of NW Africa
Synopsis
1. Ramadan visit June 2015
2. Photodocumentation of oldest human site(s) in northwest Africa, modern day Morocco: Contrebandiers – Pirate’s Cave – Temara Grotte des Pigeons – Pigeon’s Cave – Taforalt
3. Photodocumentation of Berber culture Visit schools
4. Visit hospitals, pharmacies

Juvare

Juvare http://www.juvare.org

Juvare facilitates the delivery of better healthcare to those less fortunate by providing material support (e.g. medicines, surgical equipment, beds, X-ray equipment, etc.) and stipends for outstanding local healthcare providers.

In contrast to similar organizations, individual donors are matched to a specific piece of equipment or an activity (e.g. vaccination) in a clinic in need.

Future projects will contribute to local development via clean water, sustainable power options, internet connections, and microfinance.

sankofa
The Sankofa Center   http://thesankofacenter.org/
Founded in 2004,  The Sankofa Center is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit using ” the arts” to educate & prevent HIV/AIDS while providing free testing & referral services both locally & in Africa. In California, we are an informational resource linking community members to partners providing HIV services. In Ghana, West Africa, we maintain a touring HIV prevention program that uses African dance-dramas that help people understand common scenarios that facilitate HIV infection, provide free on the spot rapid testing, and link marginalized community members in rural villages to care.

RSI
Regenerative Sciences Institute   http://www.regensci.org

We hope to catalyze such advances by promoting the integrated use of the latest technologies from Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology.  We have been involved in research centered on Synthetic Biology, before the name was applied to creating new and complex biological systems.  We are developing Synthetic Biology technology compatible with our goals for reversing aging through regeneration.  Not only do we bring together leading researchers in Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology with workers creating cutting-edge technologies, but we also seek to create a research environment where original thinkers such as young people just beginning their careers or innovative older scientists starved for funding, can “think outside the box” and pursue exciting work that would be unlikely to be funded by conventional means.Regenerative Sciences Institute operates both as a research cooperative and as an independent research laboratory.  We are located in Sunnyvale, CA at a ~15,000 square foot biological research facility.  We work closely with the Panorama Research Institute who has generously donated the shared space at this location.

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Sustainable Sciences Institute  http://sustainablesciences.org/
The mission of SSI is to support scientific and public health communities in resource-poor settings to develop sustainable local research and public health systems. Global health relies on biomedical scientists and public health workers who can recognize and resolve health problems at the local level. In limited resource settings, these professionals face tremendous challenges including lack of technical training, research tools, financial resources and up to date scientific information. SSI works with local partners to better meet the public health needs of their own communities by:

  1. Informing and promoting action-led research (= research in response to locally identified problems)
  2. Identifying and adapting innovative technologies to local conditions
  3. Developing a global network of colleagues and mentors
  4. Training and supporting professional development including scientific grant writing and manuscript writing