MGH News (December 16, 2011); Advancing Alzheimer's Research

Publication Date: 
Fri, 12/16/2011

Representatives of the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter visited the Charlestown Navy Yard Dec 8 to present four investigators with $680,000 on behalf of the national organization. Since 1994, the Alzheimer's Association has donated $3.7 million to the MGH.

Brain Bacskai, PhD, of Neurology, and Raymond Kelleher, MD, PhD, of the Center for Human Genetic Research, both received three-year investigator-initiated Research Grants. Diane Mahoney, PhD, of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, received the two-year Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care Grant, and Jorge Sepulcre, MD, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, was the recipient of the two-year New Investigator Research Grant.

"It's a sign of the depth and breadth of Alzheimer's research here at MGH that we have four awards this year," says Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the MGH Gerontology Research Unit, who also serves as an Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter board member and chair of its medical-scientific advisory committee.

The projects will take advantage of the MGH's cutting-edge focus on neuroimaging, molecular biology and the biology of disease-causing genes.