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Our Research Support Services How can you help support the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania's ADC?
"Dedicated to improving the health, well-being and quality of life of patients and their families"

The Penn Memory Center depends on grants and donations. Our support comes from competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Foundation sponsored programs and individual donations and bequests from patients, families and friends. NIH funding supports the infrastructure of the Center, but individual donations and bequests are also critical. They provide flexibility to pursue and sustain new and innovative clinical research programs and caregiving. Help from individuals and families are vital to our ongoing efforts to understand and treat these disabling conditions.

You can help to set the Penn Memory Center research and clinical agendas. Financial contributions to the Center may be designated to support a specific project. By clicking on this link you can find out more about specific "Program Needs."

You can send a check directly to the Penn Memory Center at the Alzheimer's Disease Center. Please make the check payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and indicate "PMC/ADC" in the memo line.

Send the check to:
Alzheimer's Disease Center
Attention: Faye Barlis
University of Pennsylvania
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The University of Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Program Needs
Over the past 20 years, the perception of dementia has moved from a sense of hopeless despair to a real optimism that we can understand the causes, treat the disease, and improve the quality of life of patients and their family caregivers. What may once have been regarded as the inevitable senility of the elderly is now know to be due to diagnosable and treatable diseases. Our vision for the future is dedicated to addressing the challenges of this new clinical reality. We believe our focus on issues of accurate diagnosis, new treatments, quality of life and decision-making are the critical points for improving the standard of care for patients and their families. Adequate funding is the key to implementing and sustaining programs to achieve our mission.

Below we describe a series of focused program needs and the endowment that could fully fund and sustain that need.

Private funding can be used to:
  • Support the salaries of researchers in the Center, thereby providing flexibility in their pursuit of scientific knowledge.
  • Enable investigators to take advantage of new discoveries or research opportunities for pilot projects that pursue novel or high-risk studies. It is expected that these pilot projects will enable investigators to generate sufficient preliminary data to obtain extramural, longer term funding to continue work on promising new research directions.
  • Purchase equipment that will enable the Center to keep pace with the latest technical developments in biomedical research.

In short, private contributions enable the Penn Memory Center researchers to accelerate the pace of their research in a number ways as outlined below:
  1. Endowment of the Caregiver Resource Center.
    The Center has received generous startup funding from Marion Merrill Dow and from Marilyn Ware as part of the Paradigm Award. At this next stage, the main need is to update the educational materials and to obtain a sustainable source of operating funds to maintain supplies and to hire knowledgeable staff to provide assistance to caregivers and others using this valuable resource. Estimated Endowment Need: $300,000 (TO PROVIDE AN ANNUAL OPERATING INCOME OF APPROXIMATELY $12,000)
  2. Support for a permanent full-time Clinical Research Associate position.
    The Research Associates are key members of the clinical research team. The Research Associate assures the efficient and ethical day-to-day conduct of our clinical trials. But funding for this position is usually tied to individual research projects making it an inherently unstable position. In order to attract, train, and retain qualified individuals the position must be supported with a more certain financial base.
    Estimated Endowment Need: $1,200,000 (estimated annual salary and benefits cost for research associate - $45,650)
  3. Funding for pilot clinical research studies
    Federal sources for research funding are often reluctant to support innovative and cutting-edge projects. Funds for pilot research that can establish substantial evidence that will motivate traditional research funding sources are critical to the rapid advancement of clinical research. Specifically we are currently seeking funding to support 9 projects: Click here for more info
  4. Endowment of a fellowship in the ethics of dementia research and care.
    The multi-disciplinary faculty of the Penn Memory Center and the academic resources at the University of Pennsylvania are ideal to train future leaders who can address the fundamental ethical and policy challenges faced by clinicians, patients and caregivers. We propose a two-year fellowship for a postgraduate trainee in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, neurology or nursing that prepares them for a career in academic medicine focused on the ethics of dementia research and care. Click here for more information
  5. Support to redesign educational materials for minority and bicultural populations.
    Estimated cost for translational materials $10-15,000
  6. Endowment of a Chair for Clinical Research in Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Dementias.
    Estimated cost: $2,000,000

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