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BrightFocus Foundation announces $7.2 million in grants for Alzheimer's and vision disease research
Date:7/10/2013

Clarksburg, MDBrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds innovative, early-stage research on Alzheimer's disease and the vision diseases of glaucoma and macular degeneration, today announced grant awards totaling more than $7.2 million to 53 scientists in 16 states and four foreign countries.

The funded research projects reflect the full range of new tools and innovationsin imaging technology, gene therapy, and cell regenerationthat scientists are using to better understand how diseases of mind and sight develop. Study results could lead to new therapies to prevent or treat these diseases.

"Investment in research has advanced our understanding of Alzheimer's and vision diseases," said BrightFocus President and CEO, Stacy Pagos Haller. "Now, thanks to new developments in genetics, neurology and imaging, the potential for scientists to make groundbreaking research discoveries is taking off. BrightFocus Foundation is more committed than ever to making this cutting-edge research possible, particularly at a time when government research funding levels are stagnant."

BrightFocus has provided $130 million to date in research funding, awarding more than $26 million for research on diseases of mind and sight in the last four years alone. This year's grantees include researchers from across the U.S., as well as Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, and Israel.

Alzheimer's Disease Research

Alzheimer's is a devastating degenerative disease that irreversibly destroys memory and other brain function over time. BrightFocus-funded scientists are studying various ways in which the "memory pathways" in the brainthe systems by which brain cells communicatecan go awry in this disease.

Some researchers are investigating whether certain chemicals control the "switches" to these pathways; others are using highly refined brain imaging or magnetic brain stimulation techniques to learn more about pathwa
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Contact: Alice L. Kirkman
akirkman@brightfocus.org
301-556-9349
AHAF-American Health Assistance Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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