Celebrating 5 Years of SPARK

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, LJI supporters and scientists gathered to celebrate 5 years of the Tullie and Rickey Families SPARK Awards program. It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the incredible impact being made by SPARK winners and how they are helping to shape the future of science and research.

We are grateful to all the SPARK supporters who have helped raise more than $1.1M for SPARK since the program’s inception. And we are especially thankful for the investment and belief of the Tullie and Rickey families at such a critical time in SPARK’s history, allowing us to confidently build a nimble program that has fulfilled and exceeded its early promises to offer a flexible career path for new researchers.

To learn more about The Tullie and Rickey Families SPARK Awards for Innovations in Immunology’s successes, please see our 5 Year Report, where you can find scientist profiles and press releases and articles they or our SPARK supporters have been featured in. It also includes copies of all the scientific papers published thus far utilizing SPARK project data. Also, don’t forget to watch the video below to hear from our leadership and current and former SPARK Awards winners about this program’s impact.