special society giving opportunities

We have the following special opportunities to support our mission by joining The Society with a gift to either the Ann Kimball and John W. Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics or the Translational Research Initiative. For more information, contact Amanda Harris at 346.816.4925 or abharris@houstonmethodist.org.

 

Ann Kimball and John W. Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics (JCCT)

Cell therapy is among the most promising treatment options for a wide range of illnesses and will fundamentally impact the future of medicine. The goal of the Ann Kimball and John W. Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics is to equip the researchers and clinicians working in neurology, heart, cancer, orthopedics and transplant with the resources needed to develop cellular therapeutics, manufacture them in the JCCT facilities and bring them to the patients’ bedsides.


The 5,000-square-foot JCCT will be located on the third floor of the Houston Methodist Outpatient Center. The facility will include 1,710 square feet of cleanroom space, a dedicated quality control laboratory and spaces required for Good Manufacturing Practice. Houston Methodist already has several promising cellular therapy research projects underway. With additional philanthropic support, our researchers and clinician-scientists can accelerate these and other projects currently in development.


We have an exciting opportunity to match, dollar-for-dollar, all gifts up to $4 million through the Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics Challenge Initiative. Including the $4 million Challenge Fund, this overall philanthropic effort will result in an $8 million current-use fund for cellular therapy research across Houston Methodist and its participating centers and institutes. We seek philanthropic partners to achieve this goal. Gifts can be designated toward a participating entity or disease area.


Gifts of all sizes to JCCT will be put to exceptional use and can qualify for an annual or lifetime membership in The Society for Leading Medicine:


Annual Membership:

$1,500 → Includes Annual Society Membership

$2,500 → Includes Annual Society Contributor Level Membership

$5,000 → Includes Annual Society Partner Level Membership

$10,000 → Includes Annual Society Benefactor Level Membership

$25,000 → Includes Annual Society Pillar Level Membership


Founding Memberships (can be paid over five years):

$50,000 → Includes Society Cornerstone Lifetime Membership

$100,000 → Includes Society Presidential Lifetime Membership

$250,000 → Includes Society Centennial Lifetime Membership

Translational Research Initiative III (TRI III)

The Translational Research Initiative III, or TRI III, provides a unique opportunity to address the

elusive and cumbersome translation of novel medical discoveries from the laboratory into the patient care arena. Medical breakthroughs typically take up to two decades and billions of dollars to make it to the marketplace, but Houston Methodist is changing this paradigm through TRI.


Thanks to Paula and Rusty Walter, we are able to match all commitments up to $5 million dollar-for-dollar, doubling the philanthropic impact of these gifts and commitments. In total, the TRI III initiative will result in a $10 million fund in the Research Institute for translational research specifically in neurorestoration, which could include innovations in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, to name a few.


Examples of a few of the translational research funded in the first two TRI programs include a noninvasive, battery powered portable magnetic stimulation cap developed to bring functional recovery in neurological conditions such as stroke, and a comprehensive computer program for craniomaxillofacial surgery planning, the AnatomicAligner, that allows physicians performing surgery to correct craniomaxillofacial deformities more accurately and efficiently.


Gifts of all sizes to TRI III will be put to exceptional use and can qualify for an annual or lifetime membership in The Society for Leading Medicine:


Annual Membership:

$1,500 → Includes Annual Society Membership

$2,500 → Includes Annual Society Contributor Level Membership

$5,000 → Includes Annual Society Partner Level Membership

$10,000 → Includes Annual Society Benefactor Level Membership

$25,000 → Includes Annual Society Pillar Level Membership


Founding Memberships (can be paid over five years):

$50,000 → Includes Society Cornerstone Lifetime Membership

$100,000 → Includes Society Presidential Lifetime Membership

$250,000 → Includes Society Centennial Lifetime Membership

 

Click here to learn more about TRI.