Together Strong–Request for Proposals

I am excited to announce the Together Strong NPC Foundation will be accepting grant requests.  The foundation was set up with three primary goals listed below: 1) NPC Science:  Develop foundational science to benefit NPC patients; advance research and development projects that focus on discovery, identification of therapeutic targets, and improved diagnostics 2) Public Awareness and Advocacy:  Enable stronger independent … Read More

2018 APMRF Grant Awardees

I am please to announce this year’s Parseghian Fund grantees.  Thanks to the generosity of so many and the commitment of these scientists and clinicians the APMRF was able to fund 14 new projects that will help find a cure for NPC disease.  The research projects listed below represent a variety of important areas including furthering our understanding of NPC … Read More

Rocky Bleier presents ‘The Play’ — a benefit for the APMRF

Please join Rocky Bleier and the Notre Dame class of ’68  at the DeBartolo Center on June 1 and 2 as Rocky presents his One Man show called, The Play. From Rocky Bleier, “The Play takes us back in time and is a story that touches all the iconic touchstones of our lives; The Civil Rights movement, Notre Dame, Vietnam … Read More

A Letter to our Supporters

We would like our supporters and the Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) community to see some of the amazing progress that is being made to positively impact the lives of those afflicted by this horrible disease. First, we thank all who support the efforts to find treatments and cure for NPC disease.  It is the goal of the Ara Parseghian Medical … Read More

2018 Request for Proposals

The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund (APMRF) at Notre Dame (ND) is pleased to announce we will be accepting grant requests for the 2018 grant cycle.  The mission of the APMRF is to promote research that furthers understanding of the molecular basis of Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) disease and targets development of novel strategies to treat and/or cure the … Read More

2018 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge–Fundraiser for NPC Research

The 2018 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge tipped off on January 2nd, 2018. Coach Matt Painter of Purdue will be representing the Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund, which supports the APMRF research efforts to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Disease. Yes!  We not only collaborate with other Universities on our NPC research efforts, but also with our fundraising efforts. How does it … Read More


FIGHTING FOR THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND FINDING A CURE FOR NPC DISEASE The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning “What Would You Fight For?” series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni. These two-minute segments, each originally aired during a home football game broadcast on NBC, highlight the University’s proud moniker, the … Read More

Take the No Pucker Challenge

Take the No Pucker Challenge! The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund is partnering with Hope For Marian to help raise funds for Niemann-Pick Type C disease. This is a simple and fun (and a bit sour) challenge to help raise awareness and 100% of your gift supports NPC research. How the No Pucker Challenge works: STEP 1: Eat a lemon! (try not … Read More


The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and the College of Science recently launched the ‘Coffee for a Cure’ program with Mother Parker’s brands of coffee and Tim Hortons.  They have committed to donate five cents to rare disease research for every cup ($1.20/box of 24 cups) of Tim Hortons coffee purchased through this WEB LINK (orders in Canada can use this LINK). A portion of the proceeds … Read More