Spring 2004 grants from The Elsevier Foundation

Programs to benefit education and health initiatives.

New York, 3 June 2004 - The Elsevier Foundation released a summary of its grants through Spring 2004, with contributions totaling $33,733. During this round of giving, the Foundation has focused in a general manner on education and health initiatives.

Education starts with reading, according to Biblionef, a South African-based organization aimed a developing a curiosity and a love of reading among children. Biblionef will use their grant of nearly $4,000 to distribute storybooks to children in Cape Town. With 11 official languages and a high adult illiteracy rate throughout the country, Biblionef hopes that reaching out to children at an early age with books will stimulate their desire to read for pleasure, and help them prepare for the future.

Higher education at the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design, in Athens, GA, USA, was also awarded a grant from the Foundation, which will be applied towards the Odum Fellowship, a one-year postgraduate study in ecology.

Bridging education and health care, nursing students will now receive a monthly electronic newsletter about medication safety, “Nurse Advice-ERR.” The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, based in Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA, publishes the newsletter and will use their Foundation grant to expand its distribution among nursing students.

Children’s health is the aim of two Dutch organizations, the International Network on Children’s Health, Environment, and Safety (INCHES) and the Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment (PINCHE). Both organizations received funding from the Elsevier Foundation for the third Children’s Environmental Health Conference, held in April in the UK. The theme this year was the link between scientific knowledge and policy. The conference encourages researchers, policy makers, and community-based and advocacy organizations to collaborate to protect children’s health.

Mental health is the focus of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, which is based in Philadelphia, PA, USA, and provides an integrated system of services for patients of all ages. The network received $5,000 in funding from the Elsevier Foundation for the Belmont Behavioral Health Educational Video Library, intended for child and adolescent inpatients being treated for behavioral problems, substance abuse and eating disorders.

Two other notable health initiatives include the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, USA, which received funding for its Stanley L. Robbins M.D. Visiting Professorship in Pathology; and the Netherlands-based International Society for Infectious Diseases, which received a $5,000 grant to cover travel costs for an upcoming moderators meeting for the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, or ProMED mail, a 24-hour, Internet service linking staff in 10 countries.

“The 2004 recipients and their programs are actively enriching and improving the quality of life of people in a variety of ways, and we are very proud indeed to support their valuable work,” said John Regazzi, Chairman of the Elsevier Foundation.

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About the Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a knowledge-centered, corporate foundation making grants and contributions throughout the world. A reflection of its culturally rich, global organization, the Foundation was founded and is funded by Elsevier.

Created in 2002, the Elsevier Foundation supports the many local communities where Elsevier employees live and work, as well as the broader scientific, technical, and medical communities Elsevier serves.

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Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).