First Award Marks the Launch of the Buck Institute Impact Circle

Joint Fundraising Project with Marin Community Foundation Gives Individual Donors a Unique Opportunity to Get Involved in Science

Buck Institute Impact Circle

Marking the official launch of the Buck Institute Impact Circle, the Buck Institute has received an $85,000 award via a unique institutional collaboration with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). The award will support two faculty who are studying cancer and the aging brain. 

The project was developed as an opportunity for Marin residents to become more intimately engaged with the inspiring work being done at the Buck, the preeminent institute for research on aging in the world. The initiative also taps into a deep regional interest in matters relating to healthy aging. 

Responding to an invitation from MCF, a group of nineteen donors pooled their individual contributions – hence creating the Impact Circle --  and subsequently indicated their strong support of one of the eight scientific research projects that were presented to the group.

Since one of the defining characteristics of the Buck is its reliance on interdisciplinary research, all eight projects emphasized collaboration among several laboratories and multiple scientists. The selection process allowed the group to tour the facility and meet each of the participating scientists while learning about the most exciting new directions in medical research. Furthermore, the initiative spotlighted a subset of the broad research underway in each of the Buck’s twenty-three laboratories. 

“The Foundation is extremely pleased to collaborate so closely with our donors and the Buck Institute,” said Thomas Peters, PhD, President and CEO of MCF. “We are always thrilled to find ways in which our donors can be more engaged with their giving and this provided a perfect, hands-on opportunity.”       

Impact Circle - Judith CampisiThe Impact Circle gave the inaugural award to Judith Campisi, PhD, internationally recognized for her pioneering work on senescence, a tumor suppressor mechanism that also drives aging, and Julie Andersen, PhD, internationally recognized for her research on Parkinson’s disease, who brings her expertise in neurodegeneration to studies involving the aging brain.  Members of the Impact Circle will receive updates from Campisi, the lead scientist on the project. She will meet with the group in six months, when the Impact Circle will gather to review the advancements their investment has enabled.         

“It is extremely exciting and gratifying to have a front row seat to the research being done at the Buck,” said Impact Circle member Dayton Cole.  “As a Marin resident I now have a way to support an internationally-recognized organization, located in my own backyard, that is changing the way the world ages. Getting to have a personal relationship with one of its scientists is a huge thrill.” 

 Impact Circle donors will return to the Buck in the fall of 2014 for an exclusive update on the progress of the science they supported, and to begin discussion about the next round of research funding in 2015!

“Even though the Buck Institute’s international reputation continues to grow, there is nothing that can replace local support from those who are able to witness our growth and progress first-hand,” said Brian K. Kennedy, PhD, Buck Institute President and CEO. “The fact that we are partnering with the Marin Community Foundation is particularly satisfying given that next year marks our fifteenth anniversary. The Buck Institute Impact Circle is a perfect example of a ‘full circle’ that we hope will continue to expand.”

Those interested in participating in the Impact Circle should contact MFC’s Brian Van Weele:  415 464 2515/bvanweele@marincf.org

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