Research into EHE is extremely limited. In fact the only coordinated research programme we are aware of is the international research being led by Dr Rubin from the Cleveland Clinic in the USA (see our RESEARCH section). We believe we are extremely lucky to have such a high-quality and collaborative research programme already in progress. Our research and funding objectives are currently focused on supporting this programme. In particular, we aim to provide the additional research personnel to Dr Rubin’s team that will allow him to accelerate the four key components of the programme. Each new researcher costs around £60,000 (US$90,000) per annum. So, our funding objectives are built in blocks of this amount, each one adding a new researcher to the programme.
Road to 500
Our first fundraising campaign is to raise a series of regular pledges from individuals and organisations that will, over a two- to three-year period, deliver the £60,000 (US$90,000) per annum needed for the first additional researcher. We have defined a regular donation of £10 (US$15) per month, or £120 (US$180) per year as one EHE Pledge. We hope this represents a realistic monthly contribution that many people could afford. Therefore, 500 EHE Pledges will fund our first researcher. And so the Road to 500 programme was launched. It is the objective of the EHE sister charities to raise this number of pledges by the end of 2015 and so help Dr Rubin to recruit an additional researcher. We hope that some people will be able to donate more than £10 per month. In those cases, we will convert their monthly donation into an equivalent number of EHE Pledges and add them to our running total.
We hope that you may be able to join us and allow us complete the Road to 500 a little quicker.