Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer

Support Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins

General Support | In Lieu of Flowers | What Your Donation Buys | Endowments | Donate Online

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit." ~ Nelson Henderson

General Support
While all of the efforts at Johns Hopkins to advance our understanding of gallbladder and bile duct cancer and to develop new techniques to diagnose and treat this dreaded disease are proceeding at a record pace, we have more leads than we have resources to pursue them. Financial support is needed to continue these efforts. Some people have given direct donations, some left us money as a bequeath, and some have asked that donations be sent in lieu of flowers. Each donation has helped us explore new avenues of research, and each is a poignant reminder of the human cost of this disease. Importantly, this private giving has provided us with the opportunity to make real advances in our understanding of gallbladder and bile duct cancer. Those of you wishing to support gallbladder and bile duct cancer research at Johns Hopkins may do so by sending your tax-deductible contribution payable to The Johns Hopkins University to:

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Research—Dr. Pedram Argani
c/o Robert Kahl
Department of Pathology
Johns Hopkins Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 424
Baltimore, MD 21287-6417

The monies raised through this Web site are distributed under the direction of Dr. Pedram Argani, are used primarily by our young faculty, and primarily support our research on the early detection of biliary cancer, on gene expression in biliary cancer, and on the fundamental genetic alterations in biliary cancer.

If you have any questions about how you can help support gallbladder and bile duct cancer research, do not hesitate to give us a call: 410-955-8117.

In Lieu of Flowers
We have received a number of donations in lieu of flowers. This is a wonderful way to both honor a loved one and to help fight this terrible disease. These donations are made at very difficult times, and we therefore wanted to simplify the process. If you have lost a loved one and would like donations sent to Hopkins to help battle this disease in lieu of flowers, all you need to do is:

  1. Ask the donor to:
    • Make donations payable to: "Johns Hopkins University."
    • Indicate on the memo line of the check the name of the individual in whose memory the donation is being made.
      Sample Donation Check
  2. Mail the donation to:

    Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Research—Dr. Pedram Argani
    c/o Robert Kahl
    Department of Pathology
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 424
    Baltimore, MD 21287-6417

  3. Please give us the name and address in writing where you would like acknowledgments to be sent.

    When we receive memorial donations, we send a thank you to the donor and we also send a complete list of the names and address of the donors to the individual listed in #3.

    We realize that the death of a loved one is extremely difficult. We hope these simplified instructions will help those of you who wish to honor your loved one with bequests to Johns Hopkins for biliary cancer research.
  4. If you have further questions, call our office at 410-955-8117.

Create A Permanent Named Endowment
Individuals interested in making more substantial donations to support gallbladder and bile duct cancer research may wish to create a permanent named endowment. These gifts not only honor and remember a loved one but they also help in the battle against gallbladder and bile duct cancer. Named endowments can be established at a number of different levels, and the possibilities include a named research endowment (endowments generally begin at $100,000), a named research or clinical fellowship, and a named chair (Professorship) for gallbladder and bile duct cancer research.

If you are interested in learning more about how to create a named endowment for gallbladder and bile duct cancer research please contact:

Amy M. Helsel
Director, Department Programs
Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
One Charles Center
100 N. Charles Street, Suite 439
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410)516-8987
Fax: (410)516-7750

WHAT YOUR DONATION BUYS
One human gene contained within a cloning vector$10
Membranes for screening new genes$15
Reagents needed to isolate DNA from a patients' blood sample$20
A pair of PCR primers used to amplify one gene$30
Bacterial clone containing tumor-related gene$30
Vials for freezing tumor samples$35
Enzyme to precisely cut DNA$40
Scalpel blades for dissection of tumor samples$55
Enzyme to join DNA fragments$60
Updates to lab manual$70
Flasks for growing tumor cells$75
Radiolabel used to label DNA for sequencing and probing$100
Tumor cell line$100
Gel mix to resolve DNA on gels$100
A vial of enzyme to modify or amplify DNA$100
Serum to grow cancer cells$130
DNA purification kit$150
Reagents to introduce genes into cancer cells$180
Purification kit for tumor-suppressor proteins$230
X-ray film to detect DNA sequence of a gene $270
Plates for drug-screening reactions $380
Enzyme to amplify DNA from tumors $400
DNA fragments to study a new gene $500
Lab refrigerator for experiments $700
Digital camera for web page construction/updates $800
Set of pipettes to measure chemical solutions $900
Lab computer to access gene database$1,800
Ultraviolet light and camera for DNA visualization$2,000
Tumor cell culture incubator$2,700
Set of DNA sequencing apparatus$3,800
Laboratory freezer$5,000
Centrifuge for drug screens and purifications$7,000
PCR machine to amplify DNA$9,000
Drier for DNA gels and purifications$12,000 and up
Cancer Research Technician$30,000/yr
Drug library to screen for new therapeutics (19,000 drugs)$38,000
Research Fellow and supplies$50,000/yr
Named permanent endowment$100,000 and up
Named permanent endowed research fellowship$1.7 million
Named permanent endowed chair for gallbladder and bile duct cancer research$2.3 million and up
Named endowed gallbladder and bile duct cancer center$10 million