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Advancing Research

The Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the life span.

Researchers spend every day searching for the causes, consequences, and therapies for developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, fragile X, and cerebral palsy. Interdisciplinary teams of scientists are discovering the roots of neurodegenerative diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's, ALS, Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and spinal cord injury.   

Gifts propel discoveries out of the lab and into new treatments and therapies for these complicated disorders and diseases. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children, adults and families in Wisconsin and beyond.

Your gift makes a difference and helps pave the way for discovery and hope.

  • Down Syndrome
    Down Syndrome Fund
    Provides support to Down syndrome research, education and outreach programs at the Waisman Center.
  • Autism
    Autism Research Fund
    Provides support to autism research, education and outreach programs at the Waisman Center.
  • Parkinson's Disease
     Parkinson's Research Fund
    Provides support to Parkinson’s Disease research, education and outreach programs at the Waisman Center.
  • Fragile X Syndrome
    Fragile X Fund
    Provides support to fragile X syndrome research, education and outreach programs at the Waisman Center.
  • ALS
    ALS Fund
    Provides support to ALS research at the Waisman Center.
  • Cochlear Implants
    Cochlear Implants Fund
    Provides support to cochlear implant research, education and outreach programs at the Waisman Center.