Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases and affects over 600,000 people in the US alone. PKD is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. There is currently no available treatment to slow down the progression of this disease. Research in the Weimbs Laboratory at UCSB has led to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that lead to PKD and has led to the identification of possible new strategies for therapy. This research is currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. The costs of performing biomedical research are exceedingly high and private, philanthropic support by generous members of the local and international community, including national or international foundations and corporations, will continue to be crucial to the achievement of our goal of understanding the relevant mechanisms underlying PKD with regard to the development of treatment options. UCSB is an internationally recognized center for teaching and research, known for its interdisciplinary programs and innovative research. It is consistently ranked among the top American universities for the impact of its research programs in the sciences, engineering and humanities. Your gifts to support kidney research in the Weimbs Laboratory will help maintain UCSB's pursuit of research excellence in the years to come.

There are many ways of supporting PKD research at UCSB

Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt and acknowledgment.

Direct Donations

Your donation will become an important part of a fund that is solely used to support kidney research in the Weimbs Laboratory. Any amount will make a difference.

Donate any amount by mail. Please designate your gift to "Research in the Weimbs Laboratory".

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Other Ways to Support PKD Research

We welcome your creativity in specifying a gift that will engender a unique, individual legacy in your name. Annual contributions of $1,000 or more qualifies you for membership in the Chancellor's Council at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Named funds may be established for endowed or current use purposes, based on campus guidelines. Designate a gift in your name or that of a loved one. Please inquire about naming opportunities, endowed professorships, Postdoctoral Scholarships, Graduate Student Fellowships and many other giving options. The University accepts many kinds of donations, including matching gifts with your employer, property, estates, and vehicles. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our donors, whatever the mechanism of donation.


The UCSB Development Office ( is ready to advise you. Please feel free to contact us.

Bethany Innocenti
Lead Director of Development for the Sciences, Dean’s Office
University California, Santa Barbara
(805) 893-4963