Fund a Mission Area
The HudsonAlpha Foundation is key to empowering personal health by providing financial support to the talented men and women of the HudsonAlpha Institute. The Foundation advances the Institute’s mission of exploring and growing the knowledge and possibilities of genomics to create meaningful solutions that improve the quality of human, plant and animal life around the world.
Founders James R. Hudson Jr. and Lonnie S. McMillian had a vision in mind when they started the HudsonAlpha Institute for Bitechnology and support is needed in order to keep that vision alive. Since opening its doors in 2008, HudsonAlpha has generated major discoveries that impact disease diagnosis and treatment, created intellectual property, fostered biotechnology companies, and expanded the number of bioscience-literate people, many of whom will be the future workforce. By supporting the Institute, you would be a part of a group of people that want to continue improving the lives of others today and for generations to come.
Endowed chairs are a time-honored means of luring top scientists from other institutions and retaining and rewarding existing faculty. Endowed chairs carry prestige and honor for their chair holders and the persons for whom they are named. Though the cost of endowing a researcher requires deep pockets, the chair is forever. Chairs that are endowed this year will still be attracting top researchers and teachers in another hundred years.
Harnessing biotechnology for society’s benefit requires, first and foremost, a cadre of scientists. Genomics is a dynamic field. In order for HudsonAlpha to survive and thrive, we must generate more research results and discoveries. Hiring new faculty investigators will allow us to reach a critical mass of expertise, generate intellectual property, and most importantly, increase HudsonAlpha’s overall scientific impact and translation of genomics into practical applications.
Expand Sequencing Services
In order to remain on the cutting edge of genomic sequencing, HudsonAlpha must invest in the most current sequencing technology and in the most effective and efficient methods of interpreting that sequencing data. In 2015, HudsonAlpha is beginning to offer clinical genomic testing which will enable us to return results to physicians that can be directly incorporated into patient care.
Areas of Greatest Need
We must have funding for critical infrastructure – equipment and laboratories. We must support basic research that asks fundamental questions. Out of the crucible of basic research, we will generate new ideas and knowledge and address many of mankind’s challenges.
Breast. Prostate. Kidney. Ovarian. These cancers wreak a terrible toll on communities. The lifetime risk of developing cancer is 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women. All cancers involve genetic changes, most of which are acquired, often by environmental exposures, not inherited. Genetic changes influence how fast the cancer grows, how likely it will spread, and what medications are most effective. Recent breakthroughs at HudsonAlpha include, for example, the ability to differentiate with genomic analysis which women with breast cancer will or will not respond to specific drug regimens.
Childhood Genetic Disorders
Two out of every 100 children are born with intellectual or physical disability or developmental delay, many of which arise from genetic factors. The vast majority of these children and their families spend years seeking a specific diagnosis, but without resolution because current technologies have only been capable of delivering diagnoses for 10 to 15 percent of affected children. The extended uncertainty of this diagnostic odyssey exacts a terrible toll on the families, adding to the already considerable medical, financial, and emotional distress. Revolutionary DNA sequencing and analysis, techniques which HudsonAlpha pioneered, are now being applied to families with affected children in a large-scale HudsonAlpha project that inspires hope that a diagnosis is in reach, and with it, new possibilities for treatment, family planning, and family support.
Neurological and Psychological Disorders
There are more than 600 neurological diseases. Collectively, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder impact more than 16 million Americans worldwide; the number affected is even greater. The risk factors for these diseases are poorly identified but evidence suggests multiple genetic and environmental factors, the combinations of which vary from individual to individual. Solving these puzzles with genomic technologies is critical for identifying better drugs for treatment. HudsonAlpha is active in several cutting-edge consortiums to unlock these diseases’ mysteries for drug development and risk/susceptibility assessments.
Our annual Immunogenomics Conference brings together preeminent leaders and thinkers in of genomics and immunology. In collaboration with Science magazine, HudsonAlpha hosted the 2014 Immunogenomics conference on the biotech campus where scientists shared the latest research in immunogenomics, genetic regulation or pathogen sensing, the microbiome and the genetics of complex disease and clinical approaches in medical genomics. The 2016 Immunogenomics conference will be held at the Institute on September 26-28. For more information, visit http://hudsonalpha.org/immunogenomicsconference/.
Using genomics technology to understand the human immune system and related diseases (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, psoriasis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) is a burgeoning field. Immunogenomics brings together experts in genomics and genetics, immunology, bioinformatics and methodology, and clinical research in a search for biomarkers to guide diagnosis and treatment. It is increasingly clear that gene expression regulatory sequences and large networks of genes, instead of single genes, are involved in autoimmune diseases. HudsonAlpha is at the forefront of this inquiry, organizing a bi-annual Immunogenomics symposium to explore how the immune system drives disease and how genomics might predict which patients should benefit most from new classes of drugs.
Agriculture and BioEnergy
HudsonAlpha’s Genome Sequencing Center is one of only a handful of centers around the world that performs de novo sequencing of important plants and organisms. In addition to bio-fuel plants and staple crops, such as soybean, cotton, cacao, and peaches, the center examines the genome of common pests that wreak havoc on harvests. HudsonAlpha leads advances in understanding plant-pathogen interactions, that is, how microbes, fungi and plants transfer genes between species. The center also works on the genomes of plant and animal species that are considered keystones in different ecosystems. Our communities’ sustainable farming and environmental practices depend on the type of knowledge that HudsonAlpha generates. In 2015, HudsonAlpha will host the first CROPS conference. For more information, visit http://hudsonalpha.org/crops/.
Increase Educational Outreach
As the field of genomics changes and grows, so must HudsonAlpha’s educational outreach team. With your help, Dr. Neil Lamb, Vice President for Educational Outreach and his team can expand their popular programs, incorporate new technology, forge innovative partnerships, and develop additional innovative teaching methods as they work to inspire and train tomorrow’s biotech workforce.
Sponsor a BioTrain Intern
BioTrain is the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s internship program. We are excited to provide a variety of opportunities within BioTrain that reach out to high school through PhD students and grant experiences as diverse as marketing and business strategy to in-depth laboratory research. This is a competitive program offered to students. Fund a BioTrain intern.
Sponsor a Camp
HudsonAlpha proudly partners with Sci-Quest, Wallace State Community College, Snead State Community College and Columbia State Community College to offer both middle and high school age appropriate biotechnology-focused summer camp opportunities. With three levels of summer camp offerings, we provide an experience that is both educational and fun regardless of prior knowledge in genetics and biotechnology. Fund a specific camper or the overall program.
Sponsor a Community Outreach Program
Biotech 101 is an ongoing series developed by Dr. Neil Lamb, Vice President for Educational Outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Each lesson is designed to help each of us understand biotechnology basics and the tools and technologies that improve quality of life. Support Biotech 101 and other community outreach programs.
Sponsor an Educational Kit
HudsonAlpha educational kits are high quality genetics and biotechnology-related laboratory activities for students made by students. As an added feature, links to one or more career profiles that work within the topic of that activity in the state of Alabama are included.
Educational kits are available for middle and high school, as well as undergraduate biology and genetics courses. Kits are designed and created by HudsonAlpha educators in residence, BioTrain interns and with the support of the HudsonAlpha educational outreach team. Fund a BioTrain intern or a specific Educational Kit.
Sponsor GTAC teacher academy
Institute staff members create and present training sessions for leaders from the state departments of education and teachers from throughout the region. These sessions are done at HudsonAlpha, either in person or by using our distance learning capabilities to reach the entire state.
By reaching out to regional educators, Institute staff effectively and efficiently touch thousands of students. Support the GTAC teacher academy.
Sponsor the Educator-in-Residence
The HudsonAlpha biotechnology educator in residence program allows a high school science teacher to take a one year professional leave from the classroom to become immersed in the research and corporate sides of biotechnology at HudsonAlpha. As he or she works with Institute scientists and local biotech business leaders, the educator in residence will gain a deeper understanding of biotechnology and its application.
The educator in residence will also assist HudsonAlpha’s educational outreach team in developing and evaluating new activities for students at the K-16 levels. He or she will also help create biotechnology professional development classes for fellow teachers. Sponsor the Educator-in-Residence.
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