The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy is devoted exclusively to narcolepsy research and therapy. Most of the research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Individual gifts are extremely important to our research efforts. Numerous restrictions and regulations are associated with Federal funding. Gift funds can be used to explore new pathways of research and to finance pilot projects.

We are nearing the final stage of our worldwide GWA study of narcolepsy, planned to include 5000 cases gathered from the US (Caucasian and African American), Europe, Korea, China and Japan. We require additional funding to genotype the final narcolepsy samples. Read more here about this critical need.

A financial contribution to the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy will be exclusively used to do more research. We have recently identified hypocretin (orexin) deficiency as the cause of most cases of human narcolepsy. The most likely cause is an autoimmune attack against the 70,000 or so hypocretin containing cells located in the brain. Our goal is now to understand this process and to find a way to prevent and reverse it. We are also studying the hypocretin system at the molecular and pharmacological level, with the goal of finding new treatments. These recent findings have led to a complete renewal of our research themes.

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By Credit Card
Donating to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine is as simple as clicking on the ”Make a Gift Now” button on the right and entering your credit card information.  Please make sure to indicate any special instructions in the box on the second screen.

By Personal Check
If you prefer to give via personal check, please make your check payable to Stanford University and include a brief note stating that the donation is "intended to support Narcolepsy Research."

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Stanford University Development Services
PO Box 20466
Stanford, CA 94309

Multi-year Commitments (Pledges)
By spreading your gift payments over a period of time — typically not more than five years — pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace.  These gifts are especially helpful for the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine as they help guide our long term strategic plans.

Planned Gifts
Stanford's team of gift planning experts can help you select from a wide variety of tax-wise giving strategies. Please Visit our Planned Giving page to learn more about gifts of retirement plan assets, real property, and the complete range of life income gifts, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.  If you would like to speak with a Planned Giving Officer, please contact William Gray at the address listed below.

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Bequests often enable donors to give more than would have been possible during their lifetimes. Bequests may be kept private, and they can be changed during the donor's lifetime. Bequests are relatively easy to establish, often with just a simple addition to a will or revocable trust. And bequests are tax-wise — gifts through bequests qualify for certain estate tax deductions.

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Matching Gifts
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