Helen Hay Whitney Foundation


The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation was established and endowed by Mrs. Charles S. Payson, the former Joan Whitney, in 1943, and named in honor of her mother, Helen Hay Whitney. Originally established to stimulate and support research in the area of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, the Foundation later expanded its interests to include diseases of connective tissue and, ultimately, all basic biomedical sciences.

Columbia Award Recipients

Sebastian P. Poliak Ph.D. (2005)
For training at Columbia University with Dr. Thomas Jessell. Specification of sensory neuron identity and connectivity in the developing spinal cord.