The Alzheimer’s Germ Quest team was invited to a recent Rotary Club of Bonita Springs breakfast meeting where Dr. Leslie Norins gave his “10 Clues There’s May be an Alzheimer’s Germ” presentation. This chapter participates in the Rotary International’s “Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust” (CART Fund), which collects donations from members to help fund grants in the field of Alzheimer’s research.
In May, the CART Fund announced the following five new grants:
- Liz and Ash Rothein Research Grant – $250,000 to Terrence Town, PhD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, “Targeting IRAK-M/NF-kappB signaling for innate immune removal of Alzheimer’s amyloid-β”
- Grant – $112,500 to Nicola Allen, PhD, Salk Institute California, La Jolla, CA, “Identifying the Contribution of Astrocytes to Synaptic Dysfunction and Repair in Alzheimer’s Disease”
- Grant – $112,500 to Keith Vossel, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, “Blocking tau interactions to prevent seizures and associated memory loss in Alzheimer’s Disease”
- Grant- $112,500 to Brian Bacskai, PhD, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, “Manipulation of the blood-brain barrier for CNS delivery of drugs and imaging agents”
- Grant – $112,500 to Carl Wagner, PhD, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, “Identifying Novel Retinoids that Enhance ApoE Expression and Promote Amyloid-Beta Clearance”
While none of the research receiving the grants directly relates to the exploration of a germ contributor, Dr. Norins commended Rotary Club of Bonita Springs members on their initiative and promised to initiate efforts to engage in dialog with the Fund at the corporate level.
You can learn more about the CART Fund at HERE.
Civic groups interested in having Dr. Norins as a speaker, can contact Alzheimer’s Germ Quest’s Communications Director Mollie Page HERE.