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2020 Annual Report to the Community

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From the President & CEO

A year of challenge and growth

While 2020 will be remembered as a year of challenges, 2020 also hallmarked the unprecedented development of vaccines against COVID-19 in record time. This amazing feat was only possible because of three decades of basic science examining fundamental aspects of human biology.

At PNRI, our scientists are driven by the same desires and instincts that led scientists to discover mRNA thirty years ago and to dream that their discovery would one day help the world when it was in dire need. Science in service to improving human health is at the heart of PNRI’s mission.

In 2020, PNRI added two new scientists, Drs. Claudia Carvalho and Lisa Stubbs, both of whom are renowned geneticists. Their foundational research is finding new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent a host of human diseases, ranging from serious illnesses in children to the contribution of chronic social stress to the development of metabolic disorders, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Also in 2020, PNRI’s scientists contributed notable research advances, including tools to better predict children at risk for developing type 1 diabetes, new computational methods to identify networks of genes responsible for maintaining our health, and insights into how our immune system responds to cancerous cells.

The support of our donors allows us to continue to recruit innovative researchers conducting pioneering science that redefines our understanding of the role of genetics in health and disease and paves the way for a healthy future.

Best wishes,
John Wecker, PhD, President & CEO

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PNRI Founder

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Paul Boyer, Nobel Prize winner

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