Private philanthropy will always be important to the Eye Institute, because it provides the capital for our scientists to do preliminary studies. Results from these studies are then leveraged to create larger proposals that are presented to national foundations and government agencies (NIH, DoD, NSF, etc.). The power of philanthropy truly increases the speed of progress of vision research at the Eye Institute.
One of the ways the AOIP has been able to grow to its current state is by having the ability to respond to scientific opportunities and to quickly overcome technical or logistical challenges. Funds donated to the AOIP are used in this regard to accelerate the pace of research and further invest in the overall infrastructure of the program.
Purchase new equipment or invest in supplies needed to build equipment, update existing equipment, or perform lab functions
Provide seed money for a scientist to investigate a new project
Fund a medical student’s summer research project
Provide funds to bring in outside imaging experts to give talks, consult on projects, or initiate collaborations
Give a student the opportunity to present a research project at a national meeting
Provide resources to help recruit and maintain staff who are instrumental to keeping the program running (i.e. biomedical photographer, engineering staff, ocular imaging fellow)
Absolutely! While we appreciate unrestricted support of the imaging program, currently gifts can also be designated to fund research on macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases and retinopathy of prematurity. Specific funds may also be established to benefit other eye conditions.
100% of the funds contributed to the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program will be used by the research team to advance research and support the overall mission and goals of the AOIP.
Joe Carroll, PhD, can be contacted by phone at (414) 955-2052 or by email. He will be happy to help you with any questions you might have about giving to the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program or the Eye Institute.