If not us, who? If not now, when?


Big Ideas Create Big Change

With the research, expertise, and passion to address real-world issues affecting society and the human condition, UMB and its schools are partnering to enliven the Big Ideas needed to meet the growing needs of an ever-changing world.

The future of this University will be driven by Big Ideas—key strategic priorities and outcomes that utilize the unique interdisciplinary expertise of our schools and organizations worldwide to be catalysts of change.

Your gift to UMB’s Catalyst Campaign will support these Big Ideas Universitywide.

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Conquering Pain

Together, let’s create a world where …

Interpersonal and professional relationships thrive when no longer stifled by chronic pain

Patients are unburdened of debilitating or devastating pain

Professionals can alleviate patients’ suffering with an advanced understanding and treatment of pain

Treating pain no longer means risking addiction

Cutting-edge multidisciplinary pain research is cultivated and expanded through the Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR) and other University efforts

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Eliminating Addiction

Together, let’s create a world where …

Those who suffer from addiction receive effective treatments, rather than punitive actions, to live free and healthy lives

Medications are designed, developed, and prescribed for minimal risk of addiction and maximum effectiveness for healing

Crime rates, family violence, homelessness, and health care costs are diminished with fewer people suffering from addiction

Efforts to address the adverse impact of addiction on individuals, families, and communities are strengthened and advanced through the University of Maryland Center for Addiction Research, Education, and Service (CARES) and other University efforts

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Critical Disease Research and Care

Together, let’s create a world where …

Patients gain access to revolutionary technologies and procedures, which ultimately reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease worldwide

New discoveries in cancer research move from the laboratory to the bedside at a rapid pace, leading to better outcomes for patients

Progressive symptoms of many neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and others, are eliminated through advanced technologies and non-invasive treatments

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Embracing an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Together, let’s create a world where …

Experts from every discipline come together, bring their ideas to life, and share them with the world— on their own terms

Social problems are addressed by young entrepreneurs who are taught to apply business principles and design thinking for the greater good

The risk-takers among us, those who dare to try —and dare to fail — are encouraged and supported in creating better outcomes for us all

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Promoting Thriving Neighborhoods

Together, let’s create a world where …

UMB increases and expands partnerships with West Baltimore residents and organizations to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods

UMB improves health and wellness in vulnerable communities, opens access to vital social services, enhances education and employment opportunities, and empowers all people to achieve their goals

Schoolchildren in West Baltimore have access to enriching educational programs and the long-term support they need to prepare for rewarding careers in health care, human services, law, and science, and to become leaders in their communities

UMB’s influence, assets, and expertise affect real and lasting change in the city — improving health, creating wealth, and advancing social justice


If not us, who? If not now, when?