Finding new drugs for any disease is a long, expensive endeavor and relative to what is spent on “lifestyle diseases” of the developed countries- erectile dysfunction, baldness, wrinkles, etc.- funding for neglected diseases in general and TB drug discovery specifically remains woefully inadequate. The challenge is even greater than it was in the 1940s and 50s when most of our current TB drugs were discovered because 1) the bar for safety is much higher and 2) drugs need to be compatible with those used for treating HIV/TB co-infections
How can foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors help?
There are several opportunities available for supporting the work of the Institute:
Naming rights are a unique opportunity that are available at the level of the Institute (including a dedicated building) as well as for the individual research laboratories. This type of gift provides a tangible, visual opportunity to donors such as corporate philanthropists, foundations or families to preserve a legacy for future generations to reflect upon for many years to come.
Sponsorship of a postdoctoral fellowship provides training for women scientists from TB endemic areas of the world. This type of gift encourages cross-cultural collaboration, a transfer of technology & sharing of knowledge between continents, and an opportunity to inspire a young generation of women to focus on global health and leadership as career paths in parts of the world that continue to struggle with HIV and TB. To date, the Institute has hosted women postdoctoral scientists from South Africa, Thailand, China, Nigeria and Brazil.
An endowed faculty position (scholar, professorship, directorship) represents the highest honor the University can confer on prominent faculty members. Endowed positions help attract and retain brilliant scholars. By providing dedicated resources for innovative research, endowed positions enable the most gifted faculty members and administrators to excel in their scholarly activities.
For more information, please contact Dr. Franzblau.
The Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.