INVESTIGATORS HONORED: From left, Bacskai, Kelleher, Mahoney and Sepulcre
Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter visited the Charlestown Navy Yard Dec. 8 to present four investigators with $680,000 on behalf of the national organization. Since 1994, the Alzheimer’s Association has donated $3.7 million to the MGH.
Brian Bacskai, PhD, of Neurology, and Raymond Kelleher, MD, PhD, of the Center for Human Genetic Research, both received three-year Investigator-Initiated Research Grants. Diane Mahoney, PhD, of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, received the two-year Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care Grant, and Jorge Sepulcre, MD, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, was the recipient of the two-year New Investigator Research Grant.
“It’s a sign of the depth and breadth of Alzheimer’s research here at MGH that we have four awards this year,” says Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the MGH Gerontology Research Unit, who also serves as an Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter board member and chair of its medical-scientific advisory committee.
The projects will take advantage of the MGH’s cutting-edge focus on neuroimaging, molecular biology and the biology of disease-causing genes. They also will use advanced optical imaging techniques and animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as new technologies to help patients and their caregivers with everyday activities.
“The focus throughout is on helping our patients – by better understanding their disease, by developing laboratory techniques to help look for causes and cures, and by directly intervening to help in their day-to-day lives,” says Brad Hyman, MD, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Unit at MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease. “The MGH and the Alzheimer Disease Research Center together thank the Alzheimer’s Association for its support of these investigators, who join dozens of other scientists and clinicians in fighting against Alzheimer’s.”
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