Donations

Donations to the Center for NeuroGenetics

If you would like to join us in the fight to combat neurodegenerative disorders, including myotonic dystrophy, ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, and neuropsychiatric disorders, please consider a financial gift.

Donations can be made via credit card, check, transfers of stock, real estate, or planned gifts such as wills, trusts, and annuities.  You may also donate to the Center for NeuroGenetics using the University of Florida Foundation secure website by clicking HERE.

Please see below for additional information regarding donations that can be directed towards something you feel passionate about. If using the link above please make sure to indicate in the comments section any specific instructions on how you would like your donation to be used. You can also send us an email at centerforneurogenetics@health.ufl.edu.

 

Donations directly to support research

There are many ways to support the cutting edge research happening here at the Center for NeuroGenetics. Donations in any amount can be made to directly support a specific disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myotonic dystrophy (DM), Huntington’s disease (HD) or the spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs).  Click HERE to read more about the specific research and diseases that the CNG focuses on.  The goal of the Center for NeuroGenetics is to advance our understanding of these disorders so we can develop rational and effective therapeutic strategies for patients.

 

Donations to support trainees at the CNG

Donations can also be made to support the next generation of scientific researchers here at the CNG by providing fellowships, scholarships, travel awards or project support to one of the many young researchers who have decided to focus their research careers on one of these rare diseases.  Here are some examples of amounts of support and how they can be utilized. Awards greater than $500 can be created with a title to acknowledge the donor/family/foundation (i.e. The Joan Doe travel award).

$25-$1,500 could be used to provide supplemental support for a trainee to attend a scientific research conference.  Traveling to scientific meetings and conferences is an important component of scientific training. Students and postdocs require opportunities to network, present their research, and form new collaborations with scientists in other locations around the world. These interactions are essential for developing new hypotheses, practicing scientific communication, and identifying future training and career opportunities.
$2,500 will support an undergraduate student (still attending school to obtain their first University degree) for a summer scholarship working in one of the CNG laboratories.  At the end of the summer, students will present their research to members of the CNG.  Donors may also request that a summary of what the student accomplished during their summer be provided back to them. This is a great opportunity to engage with young potential scientists and get them interested in a future career working on these diseases.

The establishment of a Fellowship – If you are interested in setting up a one time or recurring fellowship can request that a fellowship be created with a designated title (i.e. The John Doe Fellowship for Myotonic Dystrophy Research).  This could be at the level of Graduate Students (working to obtain their PhD) or Post-doctoral Associates (already have a PhD and they are now specializing in one of these diseases). Various levels of support are demonstrated below.

  • $9,500 will support 25% of the yearly cost of a graduate student working on obtaining their PhD degree.
  • $19,000 will support 50% of the yearly cost of a graduate student working on obtaining their PhD degree.
  • $25,000 will support 50% of the yearly cost of a post-doctoral associate specializing in one of these diseases.
  • $28,500 will support 75% of the yearly cost of a graduate student working on obtaining their PhD degree.
  • $38,000 will support 100% of the yearly cost of a graduate student working on obtaining their PhD degree.
  • $50,000 will support 50% of the yearly cost of a post-doctoral associate specializing in one of these diseases.

Donations to the Center for NeuroGenetics (fund#017933) can be made using the University of Florida Foundation secure website by clicking HERE.

Donations to support the Center for NeuroGenetics can also be made by wire transfer (contact us for details) or by sending a check to:

Center for NeuroGenetics
c/o Dr. Laura Ranum
PO Box 103610
Gainesville, FL 32610-3610