Center for Orphan Disease Research & Therapy

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Support Penn's Initiatives at The Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy

The mission of Penn's Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy is to facilitate and expedite the development of novel therapies for orphan disorders/diseases. It is through the kind of leading-edge research and translational initiatives that the Center sponsors, that the development of treatments and cures for rare diseases will be realized.

At a time when there is so much potential for therapy development, it is unfortunate that federal funding for biomedical research is becoming severely limited. Private philanthropy is essential in responding to the orphan diseases that affect more than 25 million US citizens. Regardless of the amount of the donation, those whose lives are being improved by today's innovative research and those who will need the treatments yet to be developed will be the direct beneficiaries of your support.

Ways to Give

Where it is needed most:

Contributions that are unrestricted give our Center the flexibility to direct funding to areas where the need is greatest at any given time. To make your tax-deductible contribution now, please visit our secure online Giving form for unrestricted gifts.

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Targeted Research:

Center Researchers are at the forefront of discovery and translation in a number of rare disease areas. By partnering and leveraging resources, our researchers will pioneer new treatments. To make your tax-deductible contribution now, please visit our secure online Giving form for restricted gifts.

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Named Funds:

A gift of $25,000 or more establishes a fund in honor or memory of a loved one, and enables you to direct resources to specific research initiatives, new pilot programs, faculty support, or education for the next generation of physician-scientists. The pledge may be payable over several years. There are a variety of ways to make a contribution, including by check, credit card, securities, as well as wills and estate plans.

Questions on Giving

For questions or more information on ways or areas to donate at Penn's Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy, please contact:

Paul B. Mischler
Deputy Chief Advancement Officer & Senior Executive Director of Principal Giving
Penn Medicine Development & University of Pennsylvania Health System
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
215-898-0578
Cell: 215-266-6071
Fax: 215-573-2800
mischler@upenn.edu

For Information regarding Orphan Center and Center activities, please contact:

Linda Aversa-Caldwell, MS
Assoc. Dir. Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
778 Clinical Research Building
415 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6085
215-898-6111
Fax: 215-573-2273
laversa@mail.med.upenn.edu