Cure A Dreaded Human Ailment
A FUND TO FIGHT ORPHAN DISEASES "If we do what we know and feel is right, it is bound to happen that among our graduates there will numbered scientists, engineers, and those who go on to earn degrees in law and letters. There are likely to be those few who create new intellectual worlds, cure a dreaded human ailment or in some other way significantly influence life on our planet. Our philosophy will be to treat our charges as if each one is capable of this extraordinary achievement." Dr. Leon Lederman
In honor of IMSA Principal Dr. Eric McLaren, the "Cure A Dreaded Human Ailment" Fund (cadha fund) has been established by Bob and Margaret Hernandez, Stephanie Pace Marshall, Max McGee, Roger Spayer and Cathy Veal. The name of the fund is inspired by the Board of Trustees' original philosophy statement published in 1986, the year IMSA opened and the year Dr. McLaren began working at IMSA as a resident counselor.
The name "Cadha" (ca-dha) is Scottish (like McLaren) and means "from a steep place." Though it may require some mountain-moving or traveling unknown and difficult roads and passages, curing a dreaded human ailment and helping others who have the talent and passion to do so are magnanimous ways to advance the human condition.
This fund supports IMSA programming related to curing dreaded human ailments and improving quality of life for those who are afflicted. Special emphasis will be placed on serious "orphan diseases." An orphan disease is a rare disease which has not been "adopted" by the pharmaceutical industry because there are not enough patients to make research cost-effective. An orphan disease can also be a disease which is rare in the industrialized world but common and largely ignored in the developing world. These diseases face special challenges in attracting public attention, research and funding. Examples of serious orphan diseases are amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cystic fibrosis, encephalitis, and retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy.
The cadha fund supports various learning experiences and opportunities for students, staff and others who participate in IMSA programs, including but not limited to:
· Research opportunities
· Applied technology projects
· Educational and advocacy initiatives
· Curriculum innovation