You can get involved with Berkeley Lab by making a gift today.  Below are some suggestions on ways to direct your donation so you can help the lab bring science solutions to the world.   

Lawrence
Diversity Fellows

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Our Lawrence Diversity Fellowships provide support to attract outstanding early career scientists from historically underrepresented groups to Berkeley Lab.

Our staff scientists are extraordinary, but they would be the first to say that their achievements would not be possible without the labor and insights of the postdoctoral scholars on their teams.  Their collaboration on existing projects results in significant scientific advances, and knowledge that has real-world  applications.  Further, trailblazing ideas postdocs pursue on their own can lay the foundation for major breakthroughs in the years ahead.

Supporting these early career scientists has an enormous and valuable impact on the lab. We know from research that diverse teams create better science, and therefore, recruiting a more diverse lab will help us build a stronger future.  

Your gift to the Lawrence Diversity Fellowships will be pooled with gifts from others - current employees, retirees, and friends of Berkeley Lab - and then awarded annually to fellows.  

Postdoctoral
Association

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The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA) is a volunteer organization run by postdocs to enrich postdocs’ scientific careers through various social and professional events and activities.

By organizing orientations, lectures, seminars and social events as well as our postdoc buddy program, BLPA provides new postdocs a more welcoming start at Berkeley Lab.  It also serves an important scientific purpose by bringing together early career scientists from diverse disciplines enabling them to collaborate and share ideas informally.  

In addition, BLPA assists postdocs with any issues that might affect them, provides peer support, and partners with Lab senior management and Human Resources to help address their concerns.

BLPA is reliant on donations to support its gatherings.

GADOLINIUM
TOXICITY

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Rebecca Abergel. a Berkeley Lab researcher, has been working on the development of a safe drug to remove radioactive contaminants from the body.  When she learned about a large group of patients who have become ill from retaining another toxic metal, gadolinium, she sprang into action.  Knowing that the actinides (radioactive metals such as plutonium or americium) share certain properties with the lanthanides (rare earth metals such as gadolinium), she realized that the same drug could be used to remove both types of metals safely from patients’ bodies.

Since the 1980s, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been used for contrast-enhanced MRIs as a way to increase image clarity.  Approximately ten million contrast MRIs per year are performed in the U.S. alone; many more are performed worldwide. Although gadolinium is highly toxic as a free metal, GBCA complexes were thought to be safe to inject into patients with normal renal function.  Until recently, GBCAs were believed to exit the body within 72 hours.  Recent scientific evidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain, bone, and tissues of patients with normal kidney function has shown this to be false.  A growing number of patients now suffer the chronic toxic effects of retained gadolinium.  There is no cure, and the effects can be painful, debilitating, and progressive.  We are raising $120,000 for a full-time researcher working in Rebecca’s lab and dedicated to understanding and treating gadolinium toxicity.  

Other giving opportunities

Donors to the lab have supported chairs and fellowships for our brilliant researchers, helped build facilities to enable cutting-edge science, contributed equipment that moves discovery forward, and provided seed funding to start innovative programs.  Contact us today and we can work together to structure a gift that helps you achieve your philanthropic goals.  Gifts to the Berkeley Lab Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.