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Hudson Hoagland Society


The Hudson Hoagland Society (HHS) is the leadership giving group of individuals who support biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts 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 University of Massachusetts 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 Medical School.

Funds raised through the Hudson Hoagland Society are now used to support the most promising and innovative research at the University of Massachusetts 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. To learn more about grant recipients who have recently benefited from these funds, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Sierra Trudel

Director, Annual Funds

Hudson Hoagland Society Annual Meeting

The 35th Hudson Hoagland Society Annual meeting held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, highlighted its topic "UMass Medical School and COVID-19 Research" in more ways that one. For the first time, and to comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing during the pandemic, the meeting was held online.

Moderated by the venerable Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor in Cell Biology, the virtual event featured remarks from Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Provost Terence R. Flotte regarding the medical school's response to the pandemic. Keynote speaker Trudy Morrison, PhD, professor of microbiology & physiological systems, discussed her research on virus-like particles (VLPs) developed for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes severe lower respiratory tract disease in young children and the elderly, and how VLPs may hold the key to a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Morrison is a 2006 Worcester Foundation Scholar, and her current work is being supported by this year's Bassick Family Foundation Award.

You can view a recording of the meeting below.