Established in 2013, the University of Wollongong USA Foundation enables US-based alumni and friends to support the University’s key priorities including student equity, health and medical research and solving global challenges.

The University’s continued excellence in these areas can only be sustained with the support of its global network of alumni and friends.

The University of Wollongong USA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity registered in the US. The Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to support education, and specifically includes fundraising to support the University of Wollongong.

UOW USA Foundation Three Major Priorities

Finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), can strike without warning and progress rapidly, devastating those in its path. The disease is incredibly complex, and scientists have long struggled to understand its origins and progression. Molecular biologist Professor Justin Yerbury has dedicated his life to solving the puzzle. He and his team at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) based at the University of Wollongong, Australia, continue to lead crucial breakthroughs in understanding how ALS is triggered at a molecular level – a fundamental step towards an elusive cure, assisted by funds raised through UOW’s inaugural fundraising appeal for this disease in 2018. “One of the biggest hurdles in finding a treatment and a cure for ALS is effectively delivering drugs to the affected neurons in the brain,” Professor Yerbury explains. “We have discovered a way to increase the chances of gene therapy treatments working by crossing the blood-brain barrier.
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The University of Wollongong is committed to elevating our students, and being leaders in research that produces real world solutions to challenges we all face. Our continued excellence in these areas can only be sustained with the support of our global network of alumni and friends.
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