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BrightFocus Foundation announces 55 new grantees in Alzheimer's and vision research
Date:7/10/2014

Clarksburg, MDBrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding cutting-edge, innovative research on Alzheimer's disease and the vision diseases of glaucoma and macular degeneration, today announced the recipients of new research grant awards, offered to 55 scientists in 19 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five foreign countries. See http://www.brightfocus.org/Grants2014.

With these latest grants, BrightFocus has now provided more than $8.7 million in research funding in 2014.

The research projects funded this year reflect a range of study interests and new technologies, with many scientists trying to unlock the clues to earlier detection and treatment of these diseases, before irreversible harm is done.

Demographic pressures bring a new urgency to the search for cures. Members of the large Baby Boom generation are now at the age where they are increasingly caring for elderly parents with these diseases, or facing an increased risk of acquiring one or more of these diseases themselves.

"The financial and emotional costs of these conditions to our country, and around the world, will be enormous," said BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller. "We believe that finding a way to slow, prevent, and treat brain and eye diseases must be a national priority."

BrightFocus occupies a unique position in the world of research, identifying the most promising, early-stage research opportunities and offering "seed money" that helps new projects get off the ground. The Foundation has provided $140.3 million in research funding to date, awarding nearly $35 million for research on diseases of mind and sight in the last four years alone.

"With the continued strain and uncertainties facing federal funding for research, it is vital that nonprofits like BrightFocus help to
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Contact: Alice L. Kirkman
akirkman@brightfocus.org
240-778-5563
BrightFocus Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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