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New grants for innovative Alzheimer's disease research announced by AHAF
Date:7/11/2012

Clarksburg, MDThe American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF, at www.ahaf.org), a nonprofit organization that funds ground-breaking, early-stage research on Alzheimer's disease, today announced it has awarded 22 new research grants, totaling more than $3.6 million, to scientists on the cutting edge of discoveries about the devastating disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disorder that destroys brain function and eventually leads to death. Currently, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to soar with the aging Baby Boomer generation. Every 68 seconds, another American is diagnosed with the disease.

"Only through research can we find ways to prevent or treat this terrible disease that threatens to harm our loved ones and bankrupt our families and our health care system," said AHAF President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller. "That's why AHAF is committed to supporting bold ideas and investing in the most compelling and game-changing research."

One newly funded project will carefully scrutinize a major Alzheimer's disease discovery announced in 2012also AHAF-fundedthat damaging "tau" proteins spread cell-to-cell in the brain. The project's meticulous inspection of exactly how and which harmful proteins develop and spread within the brain could bring medical science closer to understanding the phases of, and thus treating, Alzheimer's disease.

Other grant recipients will be studying existing FDA-approved diabetes and cancer drugs for their potential in treating Alzheimer's disease. If research on such "repurposed" drugs proves successful, it could present a powerful opportunity to rapidly translate the work to clinical practice.

Other topics in the 22 funded studies, all listed at www.ahaf.org/2012AlzAwards/, include early diagnosis, drug targets, and drug discoveries. Some highlights include:
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Contact: Alice Kirkman
akirkman@ahaf.org
301-556-9349
AHAF-American Health Assistance Foundation
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