Recognized global authority and resource on HIV and aging, fielding a dynamic team of scientists who are leading research on a host of HIV-related issues
Partners with leading research groups across the US and around the globe
Featured in significant international media coverage for its groundbreaking Research on Older Adults with HIV study currently being expanded nationally
Developed a highly effective and innovative model for addressing depression among older people living with HIV
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is one of the most common serious hereditary disorders in the U.S.
There is no cure for Alpha-1
In its severe form, Alpha-1 can result in liver and/or lung disease at various stages in life
There may be up to 100,000 people with Alpha-1 (ZZ) in the United States
The Alpha-1 Foundation is the global leader in the fight against Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy
Dedicated to the well being of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset diseases
Leader in fostering research that will improve the care of people with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset diseases
Develop and nurtures collaboration among members, organizations, industry, foundations and government agencies for research, education and advocacy
Innovator in developing new models in patient-centered care that encompasses all aspects of healthcare service
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Secure and allocate resources to support research and education initiatives that will advance the mission and goals of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)
Catalyze collaboration and investment from diverse stakeholders to promote optimal diabetes prevention, health and wellness
Recognize excellence in diabetes education as well as service to AADE and the larger diabetes community
Advance the professional development of AADE members by assisting them with annual continuing education requirements
American Thoracic Society (ATS)
94.8% of Foundation funds go towards research, education and training to prevent, treat and cure respiratory diseases worldwide
ATS Foundation founded in 2004 to find treatments and cures for respiratory disease
Funded over 183 researchers
ATS Foundation supports young researchers working to prevent, treat and cure ARDS (acute respiratory distress), asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sleep disorders, among other lung diseases.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Only patient organization in the US that funds research grants for both asthma and allergic diseases
25 million Americans have asthma and more than 50 million suffer from allergies
Asthma and allergies are the leading causes of hospital emergency room visits
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
BCRF is funding more than 235 researchers from 24 US states, plus Washington, D.C., and 14 countries around the world
BCRF is funding more than 190 projects this year
In 2014-2015 BCRF awarded more dollars for breast cancer research than any other organization
BCRF projects have a broad research focus, spanning Tumor Biology, Heredity and Ethnicity, Lifestyle and Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship
91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards its mission, with 88% of funds going to research and 3% to awareness programs.
BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with the highest possible ratings from both Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Charity Watch (A+).
Concern Foundation – Cancer Immunology Research Foundation
Since inception in 1968 has provided funding for over 750 pediatric and adult cancer researchers worldwide studying all forms of cancer
Specifically providing funding to new investigators, Cancer Immunology Research Foundation helps bridge a gap that currently exists in the scientific research community and provides critically needed start-up funds for promising projects
84.81% of funds are dedicated to research
Focus on the mission to fund the best research in the areas of the genetics of cancer, cancer cell biology, cancer immunology and immunotherapy
Concentrates funding in immunology which begs a fundamental question: What causes a person's natural immune system to break down and allow inactive cancer cells to become active, and how can science help the body repair itself to fight off cancer?
Foundation for Fighting Blindness
A national research organization at the forefront of developing treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal diseases
Raised more than $600 million to support hundreds of the world’s leading retinal experts
Facilitates five treatment areas: genetics, gene therapy, cell-based therapies, nutrition and prosthetics. Research targets the spectrum of inherited retinal diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, choroideremia and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). The Foundation
Work has led to breakthrough advancements, including the FDA-approved Argus II, or “bionic retina,” which is used by people completely blinded by RP to detect light and increase mobility
Landmark gene therapy for LCA has restored vision in 100 people in clinical trials. And three human studies for gene therapies targeting choroideremia are up and running
Gateway Center for Cancer Research
Gateway funds clinical trials for all types of cancer and prioritizes only the most cutting-edge research that can help patients today
At Gateway for Cancer Research, our vision is to shape a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared
Gateway currently funds 36 cancer clinical trials, blending investments in new drug investigations, novel combination therapies, and complementary and alternative therapies
To date, Gateway has funded more than 120 cancer clinical trials at world-renowned research institutions across the country and abroad
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Second leading cause of blindness
Prevent vision lost by investing in innovative research, education and support with the ultimate goal of finding a cure
Over 80% of funds go to program expenses
Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those know they have it
African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma than Caucasians
Foundation’s “Catalyst for a Cure Biomarkers Initiative” has funded $1.6 million in research grants
Interstitial Cystitis Association of America
4 to 12 million men, women, and children in the US have IC
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition that usually consists of multiple symptoms. Most IC patients have recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go). IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), and chronic pelvic pain
Common overlapping conditions include Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and TMJ
Only non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with IC. The ICA provides advocacy, research funding, and education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC
Leukemia Research Foundation
Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer
Dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases
Funds New Investigators and fosters careers of promising cancer researchers
Leukemia is the number one cause of death by disease in children up to age 14
Although commonly thought of as a childhood disease is diagnosed 10 times more often in adults
Lung Cancer Research Foundation
In 2015, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation and Uniting Against Lung Cancer joined forces.
Lung cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths in the US and the number one cause of cancer death worldwide.
In 2015, an estimated 158,000 Americans – more than 432 people a day – will die from lung cancer.
There is a critical gap in funding for lung cancer research.
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is a nonprofit organization that provides critical funding to innovative research focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer.
Together, we can create a world free of lung cancer.
Medical Research Charities
MRC’s mission is to support the discovery of successful treatments and cures for some of life’s most dreaded diseases.
MRC is a Federation of charities that are solely dedicated to research, prevention, education and advocacy.
Your donation to an MRC member charity can be made with the confidence that it will be used to help find effective treatments and cures for diseases.
We put our charities under the microscope so you don’t have to.
Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institution (Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, Inc.)
Multiple Sclerosis is considered by many to be an autoimmune disorder that attacks the central nervous system
The disease progresses slowly and can be mild to debilitating with symptoms such as blurred vision, poor coordination, slurred speech, loss of memory and more
It is estimated that over 2 million people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis and there currently is no cure
Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute (MSNRI) conducts research to understand the cause of MS (and other autoimmune disorders) and to develop new treatments for the disease
MSNRI collaborates with scientific labs around the United States and the world using the Institute’s synthetic combinatorial peptide libraries to identify possible treatments and cures for MS and other autoimmune disorders
National Brain Tumor Society
Leading nonprofit in the country dedicated to the brain tumor community and cause
Serves a critical mission to find better treatments and cures for the more than 700,000 Americans – including 28,000 children – living with a brain tumor today, and all of those who will be diagnosed tomorrow
Catalytic organization that combines the power of strong public policy advocacy with smart research funding strategies to accelerate the pace of discoveries in the brain tumor research & development landscape
Contributed more than $30 million dollars to high-impact brain tumor research – including some of the most important discoveries to-date – and with your help can continue to provide hope for all of those affected by brain tumors
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Known as The Brittle Bone Disease affects 25,000-50,000 the US
Since 1970, OI has doubled funding for research every 5 years
Only voluntary national health organization dedicated to helping people cope with the problems associated with OI
Prostate Cancer Foundation
World’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research
Demonstrated a firm commitment to saving lives and finding a cure for prostate cancer over the last two decades
Unique in its innovative approach to medical research funding
Has been a pioneer in new drug development, providing key funding for FDA-approved treatments that improve survivorship since its inception
Has helped lower the U.S. death rate from prostate cancer by more than 50% by funding leading-edge research with innovative treatments now reaching patients
Provides hope for men diagnosed with prostate cancer by connecting patients, loved ones, care providers, and scientists to critical updates, new developments, best practices, and the latest news from the treatment pipeline
Rheumatology Research Foundation
Rheumatology Research Foundation
50 million Americans are affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis
Largest private funding source for rheumatology research and training in the U.S.
Granted more than 2,600 individual grants
90 cents of every $1 is used to fund grants
Received 4 stars on Charity Navigator 6 years in a row
Scripps Research Institute – ARCA (Alzheimer’s Research Center of America)
Developed groundbreaking technology to detect Alzheimer’s Disease
Goal is to develop new therapeutic strategies, early disease diagnostics (biomarkers) and effective drugs
20 scientists devoted to seeking a greater understanding of how, individually and collectively, neurons and other brain cells function
Research has lead to the creation of a potential brain protecting compound
Discovery of a protein that may act as a natural defense against Alzheimer’s
The COPD Foundation
COPD Patient-Powered Research Network of over 75,000 individuals sharing their health information and the impact COPD has on their lives
Produce free publications for both healthcare providers and COPD patients
Provide Significant patient resource with focus on education and prevention
The V Foundation
Awarded more than $130 million in research grants to more than 100 prominent research institutions nationwide
Founded in 1993 by ESPN and former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano
Recently funded research by V Scholar Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona and his team, resulting in a discovery that Hispanic women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than their Caucasian, African-American or Asian counterparts
Awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs
United Leukodystrophy Foundation
The United Leukodystrophy Foundation (ULF) addresses the unique needs and concerns of patients, families, and professionals whose lives are touched by the devastating diseases of the leukodystrophies and related disorders
The ULF serves individuals and families affected by leukodystrophy by exchanging information and promoting progress on research, treatment and prevention
As the only voluntary health agency in the U.S. providing support for all the leukodystrophies and related white matter disorders, the ULF aids care givers in the better treatment and care of affected patients and helps families’ better deal with the genetic and fatal disorder in the family
Medical Research Charities' mission is to support the discovery of successful treatments and cures for some of life’s most dreaded diseases. MRC is a Federation of charities that are solely dedicated to research, prevention, education and advocacy.
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