Researchers Discover Critical Role of Hydrogen Sulfide in Ability of Bacteria to Survive Antibiotics

The signaling molecule hydrogen sulfide (H2S) plays a critical role in antibiotic tolerance, the innate ability of bacteria to survive normally lethal levels of antibiotics, a new study finds. “The combined trends toward resistant infections and fewer new antimicrobials are projected to kill 10 million people annually by the year 2050,” says corresponding study author Evgeny A. Nudler, PhD, the Julie Wilson Anderson Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU Langone, and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “New approaches are urgently needed to prevent this, and our study suggests that suppressing bacterial H2S would make different antibiotics more potent.” The study was funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the United States Department of Defense, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. […]

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Take a Peek Inside the Courtauld Gallery’s Splendorous Multimillion-Dollar Revamp Before It Opens to the Public

The project is supported in part with £11 million in public funding and a £10 million gift from Leonard Blavatnik. The six galleries spanning the entire second floor, remodeled thanks to Blavatnik, whose name also graces Tate Modern’s newest wing, have now been renamed the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. They will house a selection of works from the Renaissance to the 18th century, as well as a new space for the Courtauld’s collection of Medieval and Early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts. Highlights include a room dedicated to Peter Paul Rubens and Botticelli’s newly conserved altarpiece The Trinity With Saints. […]

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The Illuminated River completed to create the world’s longest public art commission

The Illuminated River Foundation recently completed one of the world’s most ambitious art projects; The Illuminated River. Officially the longest public art commission in the world, this record-breaking instillation spans 3.2 miles across all 9 of London’s River Thames bridges. It encompasses the constitutional heart of London, incorporating bridges alongside sites of significant cultural and historic importance including Lambeth Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Palace of Westminster, as well as contemporary landmarks such as the London Eye and the modernist Southbank complex. Created by internationally acclaimed American artist, Leo Villareal, in collaboration with award-winning British architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the project seeks to transform the nocturnal scenes of London. The Blavatnik Family Foundation has been a proud supporter of the project since its launch in 2019. […]

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Bloomsbury to co-sponsor new £10K Give a Book prize

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Bloomsbury is to co-sponsor a new prize launched by the Give a Book Charity, in celebration of their 10th anniversary. The Pleasure of Reading Prize will be an annual award recognising an author writing in English, who “gives pleasure through their work”. The £10,000 prize money will be split equally between the author and a Give a Book charitable project of their choosing. The prize is also supported by the the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The inaugural judges for the prize are chair Lady Antonia Fraser, Kamila Shamsie, James Naughtie, executive director of Give a Book Victoria Gray, and author Abdulrazak Gurnah. […]

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Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

This exhibition at the Jewish Museum traces the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites before, during, and after World War II, bringing forward their myriad stories. During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. This exhibition chronicles the layered stories of the objects that survived, exploring the circumstances of their theft, their post-war rescue, and their afterlives in museums and private collections. Afterlives includes objects looted from Jewish collections during the war, including works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro. Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art is made possible by The Marilyn and Barry Rubenstein Family Foundation, The Wilf Family Foundations, The Blavatnik Family Foundation,.. […]

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Yale Innovation Summit announces grant and pitch fest winners

On May 21, Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research announced the winners of its Yale Innovation Summit pitch fest event and 2021 Blavatnik Fund Award recipients. The award recipients were named on the final day of the summit, a four-day event that featured 36 venture teams pitching potential partners and investors in a “Shark Tank” style format. The summit has been running eight years and is the largest entrepreneurship event on Yale’s campus featuring 28 sponsors and 1,000 event registrations. The Blavatnik fund is a $2.5 million fund that assists Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. Its family foundation supports charitable institutions throughout the world and is run by Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries. […]

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Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund Announces Second Tranche of Grants

The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF) today announced Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Overtown Youth Center and The Africa Center, as its next grant recipients. These investments further the Fund’s mission of supporting organizations that build more equitable communities and create real change in the lives of historically underserved and marginalized populations – with heightened attention to Black communities. “Over the past year, we’ve been developing a targeted grantmaking strategy focused on three key pillars – education, criminal justice reform, and arts and culture – in order to optimize our impact and reach,” said Paul Henderson, WMG/BFF SJF Board member and Executive Director at the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability. […]

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Faculty Entrepreneurs Receive Research Support from Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale

The Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) at Yale University has announced the 2021 Blavatnik Award recipients during an award ceremony at the Yale Innovation Summit. The Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, made possible by a generous grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, supports Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. “During a year of unmatched uncertainty, I am even more grateful for the continued generosity and partnership from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Their commitment to impact through innovation remains steadfast and is a primary reason entrepreneurship at Yale is thriving,” explained Michael C. Crair, PhD, Vice Provost for Research, Yale University. […]

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The Sunday Times: Sir Leonard Blavatnik net worth — Sunday Times Rich List 2021

His £23 billion fortune, up more than £7 billion in a year, puts Blavatnik, 63, at the head of The Sunday Times Rich List for the second time. Blavatnik last topped the Rich List in 2015, when he was worth £13.17 billion. In all, the Blavatnik Family Foundation has gifted about £580 million, most of it in the past decade. During the past 12 months the foundation has given away about £123 million, the biggest donation of £67.75 million going to Harvard University. The foundation has partnered with Warner Music Group to establish a $100 million fund to support causes related to the music industry, social justice, and campaigns against violence and racism. […]

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The Sunday Times Rich List 2021 revealed

The Sunday Times Rich List was launched 33 years ago. This year’s annual wealth rankings identify 171 billionaires, 24 more than in 2020.Richest of all is Sir Leonard Blavatnik with a fortune of £23 billion, putting him top for a second time. The businessman, born in Ukraine and resident of London, has a £12.1 billion holding in Warner Music among his many global investments. Blavatnik, 63, is one of 15 UK-based billionaires in this year’s Rich List to have been born in the former Soviet Union. In a record year for Rich List philanthropy, total donations tracked in the 20th edition of the Giving List exceeded £4 billion for the first time. The £4.305 billion in the past 12 months represents a 36.1 per cent rise from the £3.164 billion given in 2019. More than £500 million of that was related to Covid-19. […]

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