Whether it’s losing memory or physical abilities, the impact and emotional toll of a neurodegenerative disease is long and hard. Many of us have witnessed first-hand the slow process as a loved one’s body breaks down and their memory slips away.

Our researchers are searching every single day for a cure. Recent discoveries made by our team have the potential to halt neuronal loss and dramatically impact the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. We’re on the front lines of this battle, working to make sure these diseases will one day cease to be a life sentence. With your contribution, we could be one step closer to solving one of the most unsolvable problems of our time. Learn more.




It starts with a cell. Just one out of the 37 trillion in your body. That’s all it takes. Cancer doesn’t fight fair. But we fight back.

Southern Research’s cancer program launched over 70 years ago with the generosity of one person. Since then, we have been a proud ally in the fight against cancer. Our team of researchers have saved countless lives by developing critical cancer-fighting chemotherapy techniques, discovering seven FDA-approved anticancer drugs, and evaluating half of the cancer drugs on today’s market.

All it takes is one person out of the 7.6 billion in the world to make a difference, to make a change. Join us in creating change together and being part of the solution from the very beginning. Learn more.



Southern Research’s experienced team of scientists, engineers, and technicians are committed to solving the critical environmental and energy problems confronting our nation and the world, while also developing new technologies for a sustainable future including technologies that help ensure we have adequate supply of clean, safe water, produce food for the next generation, control greenhouse gas emissions and much more to protect our planet.

Will you join us as we develop cost-efficient, environmentally friendly processes that can deliver a more sustainable tomorrow? Learn more.





Want to be part of the next big scientific breakthrough that will change lives? As a non-profit, 501-c-3 designated organization, Southern Research relies on philanthropic giving to advance our world-class research. Your tax-deductible gift creates new opportunities for finding cures, protecting our troops, harnessing affordable energies, exploring new frontiers and leading the effort to solve the world’s hardest problems. We thank you for giving the gift of discovery. Learn more.





From life-saving cancer research to innovative energy solutions, our relentless pursuit of new discoveries is unyielding. As a non-profit, 501 c3 designated organization, Southern Research relies on philanthropic giving to advance the world-class research performed here, and we depend on the donations and financial contributions made by people like you.

Southern Research changes people each and every day through drug development and discovery that improves, prolongs, and saves lives; engineering that allows the human race to explore entirely new atmospheres, in safer, more sustainable ways; and energy & environment initiatives and discoveries that are literally changing the ways the entire world will move forward and survive for centuries to come.

At Southern Research we’ve made it our commitment to be in constant pursuit of better, more meaningful, more promising discoveries which means that we approach each day with an unyielding fervency. We never settle, never rest, and never stop believing in the boundless potential of our mission to solve the world’s hardest problems. Each day, we will use our tools, talents and imagination in a way that pushes beyond expectations, provides hope to the people we serve, and allows all of us to continue reaching for more.




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Fournier J. “Boots” Gale has served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Regions Financial Corporation since 2011 and was a founding partner of leading law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC in 1984. He has been active in many civic and community organizations, including Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama, along with work as general counsel to the Business Council of Alabama and service to the Birmingham Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar.

Somehow, amid all that community involvement, Gale has found time and financial support to dedicate to Southern Research through 18 years of service on the board of directors and considerable philanthropic development.