Brain aneurysms affect 1 in 50 people. Brain aneurysms disproportionately affect women and those in the Black and Hispanic population (1.5 to 2 times respectively).
The Bee Foundation awards research grants to men and women of all ethnicities. The research grants we award are guided by the science, the guidelines of the grants, and go through a evaluation process by the Scientific Advisory Board.
The Rita Skertich Research Grant will fund research topics that focus on prevention and treatment of brain aneurysms in the Black and Hispanic population and women in an effort to improve outcomes, accessibility, and a greater understanding of the discrepancies in their statistics.
The intention and preference are that the grant will fund a Black, Hispanic and/or female researcher. It is imperative to study why the discrepancies exist. Why do Black, Hispanic people, and women have higher rates of aneurysms and ruptures?
A Note From Elizabeth
“I humbly ask for anyone willing and able to donate to please do so. The impact can range from saving a life to drastically improving the lives of people impacted by brain aneurysms. Brain aneurysms affect 1 in 50 people. Think about all the people you know, all the friends on your social media lists and think about who could have a brain aneurysm. I am 1 in 50.” – Elizabeth Zinno Ratta MPH, MSW, LICSW”