Hypophysitis Research Center

Giving to the Center

Recent scientific advances are giving us an unprecedented opportunity to fight Hypophysitis. While all of the efforts to advance our understanding of autoimmune diseases are rapidly proceeding at Johns Hopkins, we have more leads than we have resources to pursue them. You can help to continue these efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to the Hypophysitis Research Center. The Center can elevate the fight against hypophysitis to a new level, acting as a catalyst to spark the expertise of faculty in many disciplines, encouraging the addition of new faculty and activities, and leading the way in the pursuit of innovative ideas.

If you have questions about how to support research on Hypophysitis at Johns Hopkins, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Patrizio Caturegli.

All donations are tax-deductible. The Johns Hopkins University's Tax ID number is #520595110.

Ways to Donate

Donations take many forms, but are generally done by credit card online, by check, or by creating a named endowment.

To donate by credit card online, please click here and follow the instructions on the secure online giving form.

To donate by check, follow the 3 steps outlined below:

  1. Make the check payable to "Johns Hopkins University"
  2. Write on the memo line of the check "Hypophysitis Research Center"
  3. Mail the donation to:

    Patrizio Caturegli, M.D.
    c/o Robert Kahl
    Department of Pathology
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 417
    Baltimore, MD 21287-6417

Endowments are funds or properties donated to an institution as a source of income. Endowments can finance important program needs, such as the creation of a postdoctoral fellowship in autoimmunity.

Young physicians and scientists must make critical decisions when they come to the end of their standard training. They must decide whether or not to pursue an academic career in research. Those who choose a career in research must then choose a sub-specialty area on which to focus their research efforts. Countless physicians and scientists with enormous potential have chosen not pursue an academic research career because of a lack of a secure income. At the same time, young minds are the most creative minds. We want and need to make autoimmunity research an attractive career choice.

We propose to create a fellowship training program in autoimmune diseases at Johns Hopkins. This program will provide secured funding to young scientists and physicians wishing to pursue a career in autoimmunity research. The research fellowship program will take advantage of and most importantly encourage the creativity of the trainees. The fellows will not be mere technicians following detailed instructions from a mentor. Instead, the fellows will be given extensive free time and will focus on creating novel technologies and on identifying new technologies, developed in other fields, which can be applied to autoimmunity research.

The budget for a research fellow and supplies is $70,000 per year (most fellowships last 2 or 3 years). For more information about creating an endowment or supporting the fellowship program, contact Patrizio Caturegli.

What Your Donation Buys
A bag of 20 Petri dishes to grow bacterial cells$5
A reaction to identify the sequence of 400 bases of DNA$13
A bag of 25 vials for freezing tissue samples $16
A pair of PCR primers used to amplify one gene $35
Enzyme to precisely cut DNA $40
Scalpel blades to dissect tissue samples $55
Enzyme to join DNA fragments $60
Updates to lab manual $70
A basic plasmid cloning vector$75
Flasks for growing tumor cells $80
Radiolabel used to label DNA for sequencing and probing $85
A tumor cell line $90
One kit to purify DNA from 50 samples$100
A box of fifty X-ray films to detect DNA sequences$122
Calf serum to grow cultured cells $130
Fifty nylon membranes to screen new genes $160
Reagents to introduce genes into cultured cells$180
A portable and rechargeable pipet aid$220
Purification kit for RNA$230
A mammalian expression vector$240
A pipette to measure accurately chemical solutions$255
400 units of the enzyme used to amplify DNA by PCR$325
400 grams of agarose used to resolve DNA by gel electrophoresis$350
Plates for drug-screening reactions$380
DNA fragments to study a new gene$400
Lab refrigerator used in ongoing experiments$700
Digital camera for web page construction/updates$800
A set of four pipettes to measure chemical solutions $1,020
Table top centrifuge for daily use$1,800
Lab computer to access gene database$1,900
Ultraviolet light and camera to visualize DNA $2,000
Incubator to grow bacterial cells$2,700
A laboratory -20 C freezer$3,800
A laboratory -80 C freezer$5,000
PCR machine to amplify DNA$9,000
Drier for DNA gels and purifications$12,000
Laboratory Research Technician$35,000/yr
Research fellow and supplies$70,000/yr
Named permanent endowed research fellowship$1 million
Named permanent endowment$2 million and up
Named endowed autoimmune disease research center $5 million