Partnering with Other Funders – Spring 2024 Members Meeting [March 11, 2024]

This session explored the intricacies of supporting research through effective partnerships. Through speakers and breakout discussion, we showcased effective models–from ongoing funder collaboratives to one-off partnerships–and identify best practices and challenges. Attendees left the session with insights and tips for exploring opportunities for collaboration. Panelists presented real-life examples of successful collaborations that have contributed to advancing biomedical research. Panelists discussed practical tips on how to find and set up successful partnerships–from defining a shared vision for success, developing strategies for leveraging resources and expertise, and evolving partnerships over time. Following the panel discussion, we facilitated smaller breakout groups for a more in-depth exploration of the various partnership examples–and to brainstorm about HRA’s possible role in supporting members seeking greater collaboration.


Stephanie Albin, PhD
Science Program Officer, Neuroscience | The Kavli Foundation

Catriona Manville, PhD
Director of Research Policy | Association of Medical Research Charities

Prior to joining AMRC, Catriona was a Research Leader at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. At RAND, Catriona led a large portfolio of research evaluation and research into societal impact, with a particular focus on evaluating national assessment systems. Clients included UK government departments, charities and industry, European institutions and other overseas governments. In addition, she has worked for NIHR in business intelligence, and the pharmaceutical industry in genetic toxicology. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and genetics from Newcastle University.

Julia Miglets-Nelson, PhD
Senior Manager, Research Programs & Partnerships | American Brain Foundation

Julia Miglets-Nelson, PhD, directs the American Brain Foundation’s research and institutional fundraising programs. She has led the development of the foundation’s interdisciplinary Cure One, Cure Many initiatives and the expansion of its flagship Next Generation Research Grants program for early career clinician scientists. Julia holds an MA and PhD in History from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Washington & Lee University, and utilizes her nontraditional experience to advocate for accessibility and diversity in biomedical research.

Maaike Everts, PhD
Executive Director, Translational Therapeutics Accelerator (TRxA) | Critical Path Institute

Maaike Everts, PhD, is Executive Director of the Critical Path Institute’s Translational Therapeutics Accelerator. Prior to C-Path, she had a leadership role with Parenteral Drug Delivery Solutions at Evonik Health Care. Before joining Evonik, Maaike was a full professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She had been at UAB since 2002, initially as a postdoctoral scholar in its Gene Therapy Center. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands

Anne Gramiak, MPH, MSLOC
Senior Manager, Epilepsy Leadership Council and Partnerships | American Epilepsy Society

Anne Gramiak, MPH, MSLOC is the Senior Manager of the Epilepsy Leadership Council and Partnerships at the American Epilepsy Society. In this role, she is responsible for managing a coalition, planning a conference and webinars, evaluating a federally-funded grant program, and working with funding partners in the AES Early Career Grant Program. Prior to joining AES, Anne spent the majority of her career, working with volunteers, facilitating strategic planning sessions, and managing a variety of projects at other professional societies.

Heather Calderone, PhD
Director, Research & Grants | American Brain Tumor Association