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Here at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, we are gearing up for another exciting year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, community support is vital to the institute's mission and we are grateful that so many of you have already embraced the work under way at the institute.

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Public invited to tour HudsonAlpha, Thursday, March 20

In response to many requests to learn more about the exciting research and varied programs taking place at HudsonAlpha, the office of advancement is offering public tours of the 270,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility this Thursday from 10—noon. Curious minds are invited to come and learn more about HudsonAlpha's three-fold mission of genomic research, educational outreach and economic development and the impact it is having on lives in North Alabama and around the world.


2014 Genome Circle dinner honors major donors

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The many philanthropists who make the research at HudsonAlpha possible were recoginized at the second annual Genome Circle dinner, Thursday, February 13, at the Jackson Center. The event honors HudsonAlpha donors who contribute $1,000 or more within a calendar year.

Hosting the stewardship event was Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha vice president for economic development. Genome Circle member Shirley McCrary shared with attendees her personal reasons for supporting HudsonAlpha's mission.


R-KIDs 5K to benefit childhood genetic disorders research at HudsonAlpha

When David Gunther of Madison spent last summer working as an intern at resident associate company Conversant Bio, he became very interested in the broad range of research projects underway at HudsonAlpha. The research into childhood genetic disorders inspired him.


Fifth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon highlights ovarian and breast cancer research

Nearly 450 people packed the Jackson Center last Thursday for the fifth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon.

The event raised funds for current and future HudsonAlpha research on ovarian and breast cancer. 

Debbi Nerstad, a Florence businesswoman, shared her personal experience following a 2010 ovarian cancer diagnosis. Huntsville philanthropist and investor Susy Thurber evoked tears and laughter by recounting her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery.

Neil Lamb, Ph.D., vice president of educational outreach, was the keynote speaker. He emphasized that it is an exciting time in research as personalized medicine moves into the clinic.

Lamb highlighted breast cancer research underway through a collaborative project between HudsonAlpha and UAB. The project is funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

A portion of this year's Tie the Ribbons proceeds will help fund a collaborative ovarian cancer project between physicians at Huntsville Hospital and scientists at HudsonAlpha. Participants in this new study will include women in the Huntsville community who are currently being treated for ovarian cancer.

This and other research efforts are possible through private support. We'd like to thank the following companies, foundations and individuals for sponsoring the 2013 Tie the Ribbons event:


Area students to support HudsonAlpha through Barnes & Noble group

Youth Advisory Board photoThe local B&N Youth Advisory board promotes literacy and the arts, but the high school students also learn civic responsibility by volunteering for several nonprofit organizations throughout the school year.  Among projects in the next year, the group recently voted to volunteer for the Double Helix Dash 5K held each spring in McMillian Park. The run supports research initiatives at HudsonAlpha.


Annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon to be held October 24

2013 Tie the Ribbons speakersTie the Ribbons is a unique fundraising and awareness-building event.

Combining pink and teal, the signature colors for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Tie the Ribbons is designed to support research of both diseases.


2013 Give 10 Team

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HudsonAlpha employees demonstrated their generosity yet again with the 2013 employee giving campaign. The Give 10 Team is a charitable program comprised of employees who donate a minimum of $10 per paycheck or $240 per year back to the institute. Thank you, HudsonAlpha employees, for your dedication and generosity!


Boeing grant expands institute's professional educator experience

A generous Boeing grant will help HudsonAlpha's educational outreach team launch another new program.

Raising the Trajectory: Next Steps for Advancing Teacher Development will take graduates of the institute's Genetic Technologies for Alabama Classrooms to the next level. The nearly $14,000 grant will enable 10 GTAC graduates to attend the National Association of Biology Teachers conference in Atlanta this fall.

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