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|Audience members at the 30th Hudson Hoagland Society Annual Meeting heard from featured speakers Marc Freeman, PhD, and Mary Munson, PhD. L to R: Thoru Pederson, PhD, Dean Terence Flotte, Marc Freeman, PhD, Mary Munson, PhD, Chancellor Michael Collins.
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The Hudson Hoagland Society (HHS) is the leadership giving group of individuals who support biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with cumulative gifts of $500 or more to our Annual Research Fund within a fiscal year (July to June). On May 12, 2015, HHS celebrated a milestone anniversary at its 30th Annual Meeting: three decades of philanthropic support for scientific research. Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and scientific director of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research when it merged with UMass Medical School in 1997, reminded the audience of HHS members, faculty, students and WFBR research grant recipients that the giving society’s origins were based on the understanding that biomedical research would lead scientists—and society—in unexpected directions, and that support for pioneering research was a necessity. Read more.
Founder $10,000 or more
Partner $5,000 to $9,999
Patron $2,500 to $4,999
Benefactor $1,000 to $2,499
Friend $500 to $999
The Hudson Hoagland Society was originally founded in 1985 to recognize major annual contributors to the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research. Named in honor of the Worcester Foundation's co-founder, the Society brings together individuals who share a commitment to advancing biomedical research. Founded in 1985 as an independent research institute by Drs. Hudson Hoagland and Gregory Pincus, the Worcester Foundation merged with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1997. Since the time of the merger with the Worcester Foundation, and in affiliation with the Hudson Hoagland Society, almost $4 million in innovation grants of up to $35,000 have been awarded to 129 researchers at the UMass Medical School.
Funds raised through the Hudson Hoagland Society are now used to support the most promising and innovative research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. These "seed" grants are awarded based on a competitive review process and allow a researcher to pursue new, innovative research for which he or she may not yet have funding. To learn more about grant recipients who have recently benefited from these funds, click here.
Philanthropy is as important to medical discovery as are the countless hours researchers spend in their labs. You can play a role in advancing toward a world free of disease.
Please consider annual enrollment to the Hudson Hoagland Society. You can make your gift conveniently through our secure online web page, you can mail your check, payable to UMMF, to the Office of Advancement or contact us at 508-856-1994.