Young Investigator Draft

March 9th, 2019
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

 

Uplifting Athletes will host its 2nd Annual Young Investigator Draft on Saturday, March 9th at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the second year in a row, global biotechnology leader CSL Behring will return as the title sponsor. CSL Behring is the fifth largest biotechnology company in the world.

The Young Investigator Draft is the result of Uplifting Athletes’ ongoing commitment to cultivate resources that accelerate scientific advancements for rare disease treatments and potential cures while facilitating the next generation of rare disease researchers.

Similar to the NFL Draft where teams select the top young prospects they feel can make the most impact on their future, at the Young Investigator Draft, Uplifting Athletes will reveal our 2019 draft class in five different rare disease categories to help impact their futures.

The five Young Investigator categories are: rare cancers, rare autoimmune and immunological disorders, rare blood disorders, rare genetic disorders and rare muscular and neurological disorders.

Young Investigator Draft grants are intended to inspire collaborative and translational research that will benefit the entire rare disease community. The Young Investigator Draft stage will provide a platform for these scientists to educate and inspire the audience by sharing their research along with its impact on the Rare Disease Community.

The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine prior to the program for the evening.

The challenges faced by the Rare Disease Community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. At Uplifting Athletes, we take pride in providing opportunity for college football student-athletes and NFL players to use the platform they are afforded to shine a spotlight on rare diseases and to support the cause.

Founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes leads college football student-athlete led chapters nationwide in FBS and FCS programs including nearly half the schools in the Big Ten and ACC conferences. Since its inception, Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $4.5 million in support of the Rare Disease Community with a third of that, $1.5 million, given to fund rare disease research.

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