Make a Gift to Biomedical Research

Scientists dream of discovering solutions to the problems of human health and suffering and hope that their ideas will change the future of healthcare.  They seek to apply their knowledge in research laboratories at places like Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). Here, we are at the vanguard of research breakthroughs that are improving the quality of life for not only Georgetown patients, but nationally and globally.  

You are probably aware that Federal funding is continually being cut back, but it’s perhaps not widely known that each applicant has only15% chance of being funded through federal mechanisms.  As major funding is more and more difficult to obtain, especially for high-risk-high-reward projects, support from donors has become essential to continuing our life-changing and life-saving work.

We invite you to support our research and education with your gift today.   We want to offer you a front row seat to watch this scientific research in action: participate in a lab tour, attend a lecture about the latest in cutting-edge bio-medical advances and get acquainted with the scientists whose brilliance, passion and hard work are changing the world.  

Here are some opportunities where you can make a difference:

Partners in Research

Partners in Research invites individuals to join forces with the scientists at GUMC who conduct high-level, ground-breaking biomedical research and translate findings into new medical treatments. Program donors have the unique opportunity to review research proposals and select the projects to receive their pooled funds.  They also learn the results of the research and see the impact their dollars have made. Funded projects range from the neurosciences and cancer to hypertension and macular degeneration.  For more information, please go to

Music for the Mind

Music for the Mind is an evening of cocktails, brain-healthy food and live music at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to raise funds to support research for neurologic diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke and traumatic brain injury.  Proceeds are directed to a Young Investigators Fund benefiting Georgetown’s neuroscientists in their quest to develop new treatments and discover the cures of tomorrow. 

Fund a Fellow

Fund a Fellow provides an opportunity to support the training of young physicians to specialize in Parkinson’s Disease.  This two-year post-residency fellowship program is designed to address the need for more specialists in movement disorders diseases.  Program participants will not only help to sponsor a fellow, but will also have an opportunity to engage with Parkinson’s specialists, fellows, researchers and related health care professionals throughout the year.

Specially Directed Funds

Specially Directed Funds provide resources for research in areas like diabetes, Gulf War Illness, neurosciences, and complementary and alternative medicine.   Please visit: to make your gift.  You will see a field to direct your gift to an area or research which most closely reasonates with you or you can send your gift to the overall biomedical research program and we will ensure that it is directed to the program with the greatest need.

Lombardi Gala

The Annual Lombardi Gala is an unparalleled celebration which benefits the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This black-tie dinner dance features a cocktail reception and renowned silent auction; a luxury automobile raffle; presentation of awards to remarkable individuals for their fight against cancer; and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gala go directly to Lombardi for cancer research, education, and treatment.

"Women & Wine" and "The Mens' Event" 

Women & Wine is a women-only event bringing local businesswomen and friends together to support breast cancer research and treatment programs at Georgetown Lombardi. The event, which began nine years ago, attracted over 400 attendees this year, raising a record high of $259,000. The evening included a cocktail hour and silent auction where vacation packages and items from top designer brands such Tiffany & Co. were available for bidding. Local companies and individuals donated the auction items in support of breast cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi. 

The Men’s Event is a charitable dinner and live auction that brings men together in support of research for the cancers that most affect them. Over 175 local businessmen and supporters of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center gathered at the Capital Grille in Chevy Chase, Md., to discuss the latest developments in prostate and lung cancer and raised about $150,000 for state-of-the-art treatments and new research projects at Georgetown Lombardi.  The event includes dinner, a speaking program about cancer, and a live auction.  

Please contact Elena Jeannotte, Senior Director of Medical Center Constituent Events at for more information about these events. 


For further information about these programs, or other areas of interest, please contact:

Jo Ann Grainger
Phone 202-687-6737 Email:|
Georgetown University Medical Center Advancement

Paula Frishman
Phone:202-687-7152 Email:
Georgetown University Medical Center Advancement

Jamie Cooper
Phone:  202-687-3660   Email:
Georgetown University Medical Center Advancement

Joe Teague
Phone: 202-687-7269 Email:
Georgetown University Medical Center Advancement

Libby Bell
Phone: 202-687-5428 Email:
Georgetown University Medical Center Advancement