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Why support Sanford Burnham Prebys?

Your support makes it possible for us to focus on pioneering research, invest in advanced technology and resources and recruit leading scientists. By making a philanthropic investment in Sanford Burnham Prebys, you can be a part of the work we are doing to transform human health.

You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by disease by donating today.


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Meet some of our donors

Dinah Conyers Ruch: The power of investing in human health

We spoke to longtime Institute supporter Dinah Conyers Ruch about what compels her to give to biomedical research. Dinah is accelerating our COVID-19 efforts with a generous matching gift that doubles all donations dollar for dollar up to $500,000.

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Students learn firsthand how their fundraising directly impacts medical research.

West Coast meets East Coast: Our Dr. Wechsler-Reya makes special trip to New York to thank students for their efforts to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.

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Conrad Prebys (1933-2016) was a generous supporter and trustee of Sanford Burnham Prebys.

His contribution led to the renaming to the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. He said, "If I can reduce suffering, reduce the time from the workbench to the hospital bed, it doesn't get much better than that for me."

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Pauline Foster (1934-2016) believed strongly in the Institute, motivating family and friends to become involved as well.

She established the Pauline and Stanley Foster Presidential Chair at the Institute, which Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., currently holds. In regard to her philanthropic efforts, Foster said, "I’m so grateful I can do it, and to know that the future will be better because of this.”

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Matt and Nancy Browar have found meaningful experiences in their charitable gifts.

They chose to donate to projects that support novel, innovative ideas in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. "Sanford Burnham Prebys encourages chemists, cell biologists, geneticists and others to work on projects together. These are the type of 'broad strokes' that can only lead to better, deeper insights," says the Browars.

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Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D., discusses how "mini lungs"—lung organoids made from stem cells—can be an excellent model for studying treatments for COVID-19.