The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund

The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund (APMRF) at Notre Dame is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a treatment or cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease—a genetic, cholesterol storage disorder that primarily strikes children with death occurring before or during adolescence. The Parseghian Fund is named in honor of Ara Parseghian, the much beloved and well-known Notre Dame Football Coach, whose three youngest grandchildren were diagnosed with NPC in 1994. The Parseghian Fund supports NPC-focused medical research grants, which is the key to saving the lives of all those around the world afflicted with NPC disease.
Niemann-Pick Type C Research at Notre Dame

This is who we Fight For

NPC disease is rare, but every child is worth Fighting For. There has been amazing progress in recent years that is positively impacting the lives of those afflicted by this horrible disease. The APMRF is currently funding 21 NPC research projects and we have seen many new and potentially life-saving therapies enter the clinic. Additionally, studying NPC is helping to unlock the mystery of many cholesterol related illnesses as well as viral infections including Ebola and coronavirus.  

Please know every gift brings hope to those suffering from NPC disease. By donating now you can join the fight & help us find a cure for NPC disease.

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2023 Parseghian Classic

July 28 - July 31, Pebble Beach, CA

The Parseghian Classic is a golf outing that benefits the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund's fight to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.
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About the Fund

The APMRF at Notre Dame is fighting for a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C—a rare and neglected disease that effects the lives of children.

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Through gifts made to the Fund, we have provided millions of dollars in research funding around the globe that is leading towards a cure.
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Current APMRF funding

The APMRF at Notre Dame is currently funding 18 high-impact & collaborative grants to help find a cure for NPC disease.
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"There will be no cure without research and no research without funding."

- Ara Parseghian