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Gifts to Advance Research in Specific Areas

Gifts may be made to advance scientific investigation in specific research areas. Rockefeller scientists investigate many of the most intractable health problems afflicting humankind. Their work offers fundamental insights into the mechanisms of health and disease, while opening avenues toward more effective therapies.

The following examples illustrate the broad range of health conditions under study at the University today.

Addiction Disorders—Alcoholism, cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, nicotine addiction

Age-Related Disorders—Alzheimer's disease, vision and hearing disorders

Blood Disorders—Thrombosis in heart attack and stroke, sickle cell anemia

Cancer—Breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancers, ovarian cancer, brain tumors, melanoma, rare cancers, lymphoma, design of chemotherapies and cancer vaccines

Childhood Diseases—Autism, pediatric cancers, birth defects and developmental disorders, strep and other bacterial infections, attention deficit disorder, type 1 diabetes, Fanconi anemia, cystic fibrosis

Digestive System Disorders—Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, colitis, colon cancer, hepatitis C

Diseases of the Developing World—Malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, Chagas' disease, African trypanosomiasis

Heart/Cardiovascular Disease—Heart disease, stroke, thrombosis, effects of diet and other environmental factors

Immune-Related Disorders—Allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammation, cancer immunology

Infectious Diseases—Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, influenza, hereditary immunodeficiences

Learning and Memory—Neural processes responsible for learning and memory; mechanisms of brain repair

Metabolic Diseases—Obesity/nutrition/weight loss, kidney diseases, metabolic syndrome (heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure), atherosclerosis, type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Neurological Disease —Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, sleep disorders

Psychiatric and Behavioral Conditions —Depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, stress and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder

Sensory Mechanisms—Macular degeneration and other vision disorders; hearing loss and balance disorders; olfaction

Skin Diseases—Psoriasis, non-healing wounds, melanoma and other skin cancers

Women's Health Concerns—Estrogen and menopause; breast and ovarian cancer; effects of tamoxifen; lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions; osteoporosis

Rockefeller scientists conduct investigations in many broad, intersecting areas. Some encompass fields—such as cell biology and protein chemistry—that were pioneered at Rockefeller. Others, for example, genomics and stem cell biology, represent newer fields. Following are the research areas under investigation at Rockefeller.

Chemical and Structural Biology—Chemistry, broadly defined, applied to understanding biological processes; structural biology; biophysics

Genetics and Genomics—Studies of animals, plants, unicellular organisms, and communities of organisms

Immunology, Virology, and Microbiology—Cellular and molecular immunology, cellular microbiology, microbial physiology and pathogenesis, parasitology, virology, tumor immunology, and vaccine development

Medical Sciences, Systems Physiology, and Human Genetics—Normal physiology, mechanisms of disease, novel therapeutics, and preventive interventions

Molecular Cell Biology—Gene regulation, protein translation and modification, intracellular transport, cell cycle and chromosome biology, organelle function, signal transduction and enzymology, and cancer

Neurosciences and Behavior—Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurological disorders, neurophysiology, and systems neuroscience

Organismal Biology, Evolution, Ethology, and Ecology—Vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant physiology; studies of animal behavior in natural environments; population biology

Physical, Mathematical, and Computational Biology—Experimental physics, bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, systems and quantitative biology, networks, and synthetic systems

Stem Cells, Development, Regeneration, and Aging—Development and morphogenesis, embryonic and adult stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and aging

 

 

Contact

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Maren E. Imhoff
Senior Vice President for Development
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 164
New York, NY 10065


Telephone: (212) 327-7711
E-mail: giving@rockefeller.edu

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