In a sea of nonprofit organizations, charities and foundations, Mr. Calvin and Dr. Janjan sought to leave a gift that would accomplish something truly meaningful. They found the RSNA R&E Foundation.
"We felt strongly we should be good stewards of the opportunities given to us, and that's why we included the RSNA R&E Foundation in our trust," said Mr. Calvin and Dr. Janjan. The husband and wife have committed to a $600,000 bequest, which will endow an annual named research seed grant for a period of twenty years. The Jack Calvin & Nora Janjan, M.D., M.P.S.A, M.B.A., Research Seed Grant will enable faculty investigators to gain experience in defining objectives and testing hypotheses in preparation for major grant applications to corporations, foundations, and government agencies. The data from these projects will indicate feasibility and appropriateness of the research prior to applying for funds from other agencies.
With low overhead administrative costs, their R&E donation goes where they want it: to fund grants, said Dr. Janjan. "The RSNA has been an integral part of my career, and the Foundation is highly effective. R&E Foundation grant recipients get a 40:1 return on investment, and that's better than any other investment you'll find today."
Dr. Janjan, who also holds a Masters in Public Service Administration and a Masters in Business Administration, is pursuing a career in health policy after retiring from her position as a tenured professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
"Sooner or later, each one of us will face a medical problem," said Dr. Janjan. "Through research, advances in medicine can be made that save lives." Their gift will enable young investigators to conduct promising research, launch careers, and strengthen the specialty for years to come.