Research Aimed at Advancing Medical and Educational Techniques for Patients and Caregivers
CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--March 19, 2012. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has awarded four Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund Grants to help advance innovative medical and educational techniques for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Researchers from Eastern Illinois University, Northwestern University and University of Chicago received grants totaling $116,000.
Since 1986, Illinois residents have voluntarily contributed more than $4 million to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund through their IL-1040 income tax returns, supporting 166 research projects.
Taxpayers contributed $117,410 to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund last year and can, once again, donate to the fund when paying state taxes in 2012. Illinois' voluntary income tax funds must raise a minimum of $100,000 by each October 1 to remain on the IL-1040 forms.
Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable, progressive degenerative disease of the brain. It is the most common form of dementia. About 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and in 2008 was the 6th leading cause of death in Illinois.
“Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there have been significant medical advances to better help us understand and treat the disease,” said IDPH Acting Director, Dr. Arthur Kohrman. “Thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Illinois, we are able to continue to provide funding for important research that could possibly lead to a cure.”
The four grant recipients are as follows:
Britto P. Nathan, Ph.D.
Eastern Illinois University
“Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Interaction of ApoE and Estrogen in Neuronal Growth—Potential relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease”
Ken Paller, Ph.D.
“Testing a Psychosocial-Educational Intervention for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Caregivers”
Virginie Buggia-Prevot, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
“Illuminating BACE1 Trafficking in Hippocampal Neurons”
Changiz Geula, M.D.
“Response of Human Microglia to Different Conformations of Amyloid”