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Research Newsletter-Spring/Summer 2009

DEVELOPMENTS

Scott Palmer
LPI Director of Development

What Will Your Legacy Be?


Recently a good friend of mine commented that this must be an extraordinarily tough time to be asking people to consider giving to the Linus Pauling Institute. I told him yes; given the huge economic challenges that our nation faces, this is a difficult time for organizations like the Institute that depend so much on the support and generosity of our friends and donors.

The stream of negative financial news and the losses we have all experienced in our retirement and investment accounts fuel growing concerns about the future. People have become much more conservative with their giving. Yet, here I am, asking you and our other friends to consider giving to the Linus Pauling Institute.

The money we get from private gifts has decreased significantly, as has our endowment income. This loss of revenue has had a very real impact on the Institute, and we are looking hard at everything on which we spend money. Deciding what to fund is a difficult task—especially in an organization like the Linus Pauling Institute. But some things are simply more important than others.

Our promise to provide scientifically accurate, evidence-based information and recommendations about micronutrients remains unchanged. We are in an era of instant news where every week a glaring headline about a new study declares that some vitamin or mineral supplement has no health benefit or that a new "miracle" pill will cure whatever ails you. Television is awash in infomercials trying to sell you something to make you healthier.

Every month countless health-oriented reports, articles, and studies are published in dozens of journals and magazines. Just because the results of a new study are trumpeted in the media doesn't mean that it is good science or even accurate. Sifting through this avalanche of information to determine what truly is significant is a laborious and time-consuming task. Just reading studies isn't enough; you have to have trained and knowledgeable people who know what to look for. We do. That's why those who want the latest, most scientifically accurate information about vitamins, minerals, or phytochemicals go to our online Micronutrient Information Center.

We also remain committed to fully funding and developing the Healthy Aging Program. The potential impact of our research on healthy aging is so great that it remains one of our top priorities. Research on aging and neurodegenerative diseases has long been a primary focus of our research.

Last year, thanks to a remarkable gift we received from Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson, we were able to enhance the scope and scale of our aging research. The Jamieson's gift allowed LPI to establish the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Chair in Healthspan Research. Dr. Tory Hagen was named to hold that chair and was appointed as the Director of our expanded Healthy Aging Program.

Working with his colleagues at the Institute, Tory has created a bold strategic vision for the Healthy Aging Program based on the notion that it is not how long you live that matters, but rather how long you live well. His research agenda for the Healthy Aging Program is as comprehensive as it is innovative. Once fully implemented, it will integrate our existing expertise on the biology of aging with new scientific breakthroughs in epigenetics and immunosenescence and new technologies to create a truly unique team of scientists and researchers with unmatched potential. All it will take is money.

Our goal over the next several years is to raise $5 million to augment the Healthy Aging Program. The money will be used to recruit new scientists, equip labs, launch innovative new research programs, endow new chairs, and create an educational outreach program to make it as easy as possible for our friends and constituents to get information about diet related to aging. Like other key initiatives implemented by the Linus Pauling Institute, the funding for this program will come from your gifts.

The Healthy Aging Program is about the future—your future and mine. Every gift we receive in support of the Program, regardless of size, is important and makes a difference. If you haven't given to the Institute recently, please consider doing so now. If you are interested in supporting this new Program but are unable to make a cash gift at this time, there are a number of planned and deferred giving options available that will enable you to create your own legacy within the Linus Pauling Institute.

For more information about making a cash gift to the Institute or finding out about our planned giving options, including bequests, Charitable Gift Annuities, IRA Gifts and Charitable Remainder Trusts, please feel free to contact me at Scott.Palmer@oregonstate.edu or (541) 231-6751.

Over the next few months, we will be reviewing and updating our newsletter mailing list. While subscriptions will remain free, the costs of printing and mailing this newsletter are substantial and continue to increase. One way we can save money is to mail the newsletter only to people who want to receive it. If you have any questions about the Newsletter or your subscription, please don't hesitate to contact me.


LPI is grateful for the bequests we have received from the following friends this past year:
Gerald Carney Mavis DeCius
Joe Beasley Sidney Licht

Last updated June 2009