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The Alan & Priscilla Oppenheimer Foundation is a private operating foundation based in Ashland, OR.
We provide resources and expertise to facilitate scientific research and education, specializing in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, and computer science. We love to write, conduct research, bring people together, and reveal the amazing work of scientists.
We look for opportunities where people, time, and funds are in short supply. Donating our expertise and time greatly leverages our available funds and has been a successful model for our foundation.
As a private operating foundation, we tend to be directly involved in the projects we take on, donating services and expertise rather than being strictly a funding resource.
By developing long-term relationships with our partners, we are able to provide substantial help that might not otherwise be available through more traditional channels.
We started working with the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP) in 2007, and provided one of the project’s first full genome sequences. Since then, we have worked in a liaison capacity between participants and scientists, performed outreach, written a study guide, and facilitated meetings, as well as helped plan, sponsor, and run events.
In addition, we are working with the NIH All of Us program with their goal of involving one million people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history.
We also work locally in Ashland, Oregon with our wonderful ScienceWorks museum.