Supporting Medical Research


ASSIST: Angiogenic Signaling Signatures Identified for Stress and Trauma

ASSIST Medical Research Foundation supports advancing translational research for therapies and diagnostics which have the potential to afford earlier diagnosis and improve treatment of complex chronic diseases driven by angiogenesis—the body’s process of forming new blood vessels.

The Problem Facing ALL of Us: Complex Chronic Diseases

Complex chronic diseases affecting the body and/or mind take years—and even decades—to develop. Given our aging population, these debilitating chronic illnesses take a toll on society, both in terms of human suffering as well as their devastating cost burden. Our national budget currently spends $1 of every $6 on health care.

Our Approach

A New Look at Disease Drivers: Angiogenic Signaling Signatures Identified for Stress and Trauma (ASSIST)

Angiogenesis—the formation of blood vessels in the body—is essential for life and healthy function. It also supports the instigation and progression of most, if not all, complex chronic diseases. Just a few of these diseases include cancer, coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson's Disease, AIDS, macular degeneration, psoriasis and many more.

Recognizing angiogenesis’ well-documented role in today’s most challenging diseases, ASSIST Medical Research Foundation’s focus is to support translational research. We believe that targeting angiogenic proteins or regulators unlock opportunities to diagnosis sooner and treat more effectively. We expect the study in the clinic of unique combinations of drugs and compounds already reported in existing research to lead to improved treatments and cures. The translation of diagnostics routinely used by research so that clinicians and their patients may utilize them is essential and long overdue.

Courtesy of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive


ASSIST’s mission is to manage and fund translational medical research for the detection, monitoring and treatment of complex, chronic diseases driven by angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis plays a key role in the diseases comprising the majority of our nation’s most significant public health challenges—namely cancer, coronary artery disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and 60+ additional chronic illnesses. The body of knowledge on the role of angiogenic regulators, diagnostic methods, and available therapies, presents an unmatched opportunity for the discovery of new approaches to treat today’s greatest health challenges.

Earlier Diagnosis, Comprehensive Treatments

ASSIST Medical Research Foundation supports advancing translational research which can improve treatment and earlier diagnosis of complex chronic diseases driven by angiogenesis—a key contributor to many serious diseases.

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