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Liberty University Biology Professor Receives Prestigious Grant for Alzheimer's Research
Date:8/31/2013

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 Sci
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