Howard University


Partner Since 2022

Toffler Scholar Program

Building on a tradition of research since 1867, Howard University has become the first HBCU to partner with the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust — expanding support for scientific investigation at its institution. The College of Medicine at Howard leads the way in examining health disparities among people of color.

The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust connects visionary investors with research projects that tackle humanity’s most pressing health problems. Funds administered through the Toffler Scholars program advance promising medical discoveries. Together, the Trust and its university partners seek lasting positive impact for society.

Toffler Scholars


Dr. Xiping Zhan

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

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Xiping Zhan

Dr. Xiping Zhan

Xiping Zhan is the inaugural scholar at Howard University, earning the award in 2022. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. His lab studies the basic components of the brain involved in multisensory integration in the auditory system, neurotoxicity, and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Zhan is currently launching research to explore the various and intricate aspects of neurological disorders in mouse models and human patients.


1 Toffler Scholar Awards

1 Year Partnership

$40,000 In Funding To-Date

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