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Hudson Hoagland Society


The Hudson Hoagland Society (HHS) is the leadership giving group of individuals who support biomedical research at UMass Chan Medical School with cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more to our Annual Research Fund within a fiscal year (July to June).

Philanthropy is as important to medical discovery as are the countless hours researchers spend in their labs. You can play a role in advancing toward a world free of disease.

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Hudson Hoagland Society Membership Levels  

Founder - $10,000 or more

Partner - $5,000 to $9,999

Patron - $2,500 to $4,999

Benefactor - $1,000 to $2,499

Friend - $500 to $999

HHS was originally founded in 1985 to recognize major annual contributors to the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research. Named in honor of the Worcester Foundation's co-founder, the Society brings together individuals who share a commitment to advancing biomedical research. Founded in 1985 as an independent research institute by Drs. Hudson Hoagland and Gregory Pincus, the Worcester Foundation merged with the UMass Chan Medical School in 1997. Since the time of the merger with the Worcester Foundation, and in affiliation with the Hudson Hoagland Society, more than $5 million in innovation grants of up to $40,000 have been awarded to nearly 170 researchers at UMass Chan Medical School.

Funds raised through the Hudson Hoagland Society are now used to support the most promising and innovative research at UMass Chan Medical School. These "seed" grants are awarded based on a competitive review process and allow a researcher to pursue new, innovative research for which he or she may not yet have funding. 

2023 Worcester Foundation Grant Recipients

Jennifer Benanti, PhD

Jennifer Benanti, PhD

Department of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology 
“Regulation of fungal pathogenesis by calcineurin-mediated cell cycle arrest”

Lisa Ann Cavacini, PhD

Lisa Ann Cavacini, PhD

Department of Medicine
“Nanobodies to block RhD alloimmunization during pregnancy”

Michael Lee, PhD

Michael Lee, PhD

Department of Systems Biology
“Novel methods to study cell death plasticity in vivo” 

Oliver Rando, MD, PhD

Oliver Rando, MD, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology 
“Parent of origin effects in C. elegans”

Phillip Tai, PhD

Phillip Tai, PhD

The Bassick Family Foundation Award 
Horae Gene Therapy Center
“High-intensity and atrial-specific AAV-based gene therapy for treating atrial fibrillation” 

For more information, please contact:

Sierra Trudel

Director, Annual Funds 


Hudson Hoagland Society Annual Meeting

2023 Meeting

John Harris

The 38th annual meeting, held on May 4, 2023, focused on recent advances in translational research in autoimmunity at UMass Chan Medical School, as well as its transformative impact on patients through new treatment opportunities.

The informative talk, titled "Defeating the Enemy Within: A Breakthrough in Skin Disease Advances Treatment Options for Autoimmunity," was delivered by John E. Harris, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology, founding director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center, and founding director of the Autoimmune Therapeutics Institute. 

The virtual event was moderated by the venerable Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor in Cell Biology, and featured remarks from Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Provost Terence R. Flotte. You can view a recording of the meeting below.