Current projects

The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG Foundation) funds cancer research, policy projects and events that foster public discussion around health care and health policy to benefit the public good. The Foundation serves as an honest, independent broker of ideas and actions designed to improve the quality of care patients experience.  

In 2020, JKTG Foundation work focuses on rethinking health care quality, supporting cancer research and uses for real-world evidence
Of particular interest is building collaboration by fostering multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research in the area of breast cancer metastasis. The JKTG Foundation is honored to be supported by TeamTGM, a championship-winning race team that competes in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Research & Policy Analysis | 

  • Continuing to fund emerging cancer research with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Robert Ivkov, Ph.D., to explore nanoparticles, their interface with the immune system, and potentially the interaction of the immune system with the  tumor environment in the treatment of cancer.

 

  • Supporting The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Breast Cancer Research Consortium at The Wistar Institute to fund highly synergistic, multidisciplinary research projects dedicated to advancing breast cancer research.

 

  • Funding collaborative, mathematical research projects that challenge traditional approaches to understanding cancer and cancer metastasis from hand-picked researchers across the country.

 

  • Investigating new policy proposals and changes to Medicare and wider health care coverage with patients in mind, advocating against harmful rules, legislation and policy that impact the quality of care patients’ experience.

 

  • Ongoing analysis of health care quality with a focus on health care measures and Medicare’s 5-star hospital rating system to identify how policy and practice can more fairly and effectively accelerate improvements in patient care.

 

Events |

 

  • Hosting the annual Jayne Koskinas Memorial Symposium featuring leading cancer researchers and fostering collaboration within the health research discipline.

 

  • Building collaborations among cancer researchers by funding basic and applied research in coordination with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offering awards to NIH-sponsored ideas and fellows as well as work with other partners.

 

  • Convening clinician researchers, policy analysts, reporters, patients and others to facilitate candid dialog on key issues and serving as an independent broker of ideas.