Navigation Links
Liberty University Biology Professor Receives Prestigious Grant for Alzheimer's Research

Lynchburg, Va. (PRWEB) September 01, 2013

Dr. Gary Isaacs, assistant professor of biology in Liberty University’s Department of Biology & Chemistry was recently named a recipient of the 2013-14 Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF), receiving $40,000 to further his research. This brings Isaacs’ research total to $90,000 since coming to Liberty in 2009.

The ARDRAF was established in 1982 by the Virginia General Assembly to stimulate investigations into Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders along a variety of avenues, such as the causes, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder; public policy and the financing of care; and the social and psychological impacts of the disease upon the individual, family, and community. The competition is administered by the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“This funding gives Liberty prestige while also enabling undergraduate students to work on things they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” Gary Isaacs said.

The grant will enable six of his undergraduate research assistants to continue studying the brain before and after the disease, using mice, specifically looking at the DNA.

“Our students are able to work with faculty on major research projects to understand the molecular basis of disease,” said Dr. David DeWitt, chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry. “The receipt of this grant demonstrates that the quality of our faculty and the research conducted here is on par with other major institutions.”

For the second year in a row, Isaacs’ undergraduate students won a first-place award for their presentation on Alzheimer’s research at the Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting in May, competing against both undergraduate and graduate students. Seniors Rebecca Haraf and Deanna Harrison, co-authors, received the award for best poster presentation, which was in collaboration with Isaacs, senior Matthew Baker, and alumnus Noor Taher (’13). Taher is now a graduate student at Dartmouth University.

Several of Isaacs’ students have gone on to prestigious research institutions for graduate or medical school, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Dartmouth. Many continue to perform outstanding research and receive praise for their work. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease accepted a paper submitted by Isaacs and his students in July.

Isaacs recently received this feedback from a professor at another Virginia university:

“Each year, I am amazed at the quality of work that is presented by (Liberty) students at the VAS meeting. … It is clear that (Liberty) uses research to teach, and it is no surprise that many students have gone on to successful graduate research careers themselves.”

At this year’s VAS meeting, two other Liberty students received awards for their work. Senior Cassandra Black, a research assistant to Dr. Andrew Fabich, assistant professor of microbiology, received honorable mention for her poster, “The Gut Reaction: How the Intestinal Microbiota Respond to Colonization of Citrobacter rodentium.” Alumnus Michael Canfarotta (’13) received the best oral presentation award for his team’s work on “Characterization of Citrobacter rodentium Transmissible Colonic Hyperplasia and Immune Responses in Streptomycin-treated and Conventional Mouse Models.” He joined alumnus Matthew VanTil (’12), Dr. Timothy Snider (Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University), Fabich, and Dr. David DeWitt, chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry. Canfarotta is now a medical student at the University of Connecticut.

About Liberty University
Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. More than 100,000 students attend classes on its 7,000-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Newtown Square Liberty to Donate 10 Percent of July Repairs to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
2. Mangos Selected by Liberty Sport as Advertising Agency Partner
3. Mother-Daughter Team from RE/MAX Plans 3rd Annual Michelle Radke Benefit on May 19 in Libertyville to Aid Lurie Children’s Hospital
4. Liberty University Continues to Champion Local Health Initiatives
5. Dr. Carol Moreno, DDS of Gentle Family Dentists Introduces Mini Dental Implants at West Liberty, IA Dental Practice
6. Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Provisional Accreditation
7. Liberty University Student Scores Among Highest in Nation on Medical School Entrance Exam
8. University of Cincinnati researchers win $3.7M grant from US Department of Defense
9. Leading experts on congenital muscular dystrophy convene at University of Nevada, Reno
10. Rice University student engineers automate limb lengthening for kids
11. Louisiana Tech University professor earns NSF Early Career Development grant
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... The McHenry County law firm ... appellate decision obtained by Attorneys Francisco J. Botto and Alex C. Wimmer. Attorneys Botto ... Compensation Comm’n, 2015 IL App (2d) 130884WC. , According to court documents, Adcock testified ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched a new ... systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality on ... slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) learned that the number of ... time since 2011. In 2014, there were 9,967 fatalities involving an alcohol impaired driver, ... Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32,675 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2014. Drunk ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Privately ... has undertaken significant expansion of its current state of the art research, development ... PharmaTech’s strategy to increase its manufacturing capacity as well as to support its ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, the Regenestem ... cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the U.S. Patent ... (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in order to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Mindray Medical International ... MR ), a leading developer, manufacturer ... today announced that it will hold ... shareholders at the Company,s Hong Kong office (FLAT/RM ... Edward West Road, Mongkok KL, Hong Kong) ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Pennsylvania , November 25, 2015 - ... Continuing Medical Education (CME) --> ... Continuing Medical Education (CME) --> ... Care Continuing Medical Education (CME) ... medical information products and services, will feature latest diagnostic imaging textbooks ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... LYON , Frankreich, November 25, 2015 ... hat heute bekanntgegeben, dass sie eine Lizenz für das ... Inserm, Poxel, CNRS, UCBL und ENS-Lyon innehaben, an Enyo ... 2009 von FUI AAP8 ins Leben gerufenen und von ... NATHEB-Programms wurde FXR als ein Behandlungsziel für HBV identifiziert, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: