"Alzheimer's proceeds relentlessly,
first stripping its unsuspecting victim of their memory before it
ultimately takes their life. I am proud that the generous
contributions of our citizens will help further the scientific
momentum that is necessary to solve this baffling ailment."
Funding for the grants comes from the
Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund, a special fund to which taxpayers
can contribute through their IL-1040 income tax returns. Since the
fund first appeared on the 1985 state tax form, taxpayers have
contributed nearly $2.8 million to support 124 research projects in
"It is our belief that money donated by
Illinois taxpayers will play a role in finding a cure or treatment
for a disease that has major implications for an aging population,"
said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director.
Victims of the age-related form of
dementia suffer a progressive loss of memory, attention span and the
ability to learn. The disease afflicts about 4.5 million Americans,
including an estimated 210,600 in Illinois, and is expected to reach
three times that number by mid-century.
Grant requests were reviewed by the
Illinois Department of Public Health, which oversees the special
taxpayer fund, in consultation with the Alzheimer's Disease
Assistance Act Advisory Committee and Peer Review Panel. Members of
the advisory committee include professionals who work with people
with Alzheimer's disease, researchers, victims' family members and
representatives of the general public.
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Following are the six recipients of
this year's grants from the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund:
- Sarah Cole, Northwestern
University, Chicago, "The Effect of Statins of APP Processing,"
- Li Liu, University of Chicago,
"The Role of Alzheimer's Disease Associated Presenilin 1 in
Synaptic Structure and Function," $35,000
- Mary Ellen McAsey, Ph.D.,
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, "The
Effect of Estrogen on Neurite Growth and Synaptic Density,"
- Britto P. Nathan, Ph.D., Eastern
Illinois University, Charleston, "Transgenic Models to Study the
Role of ApoE in Alzheimer's Disease," $30,000
- Sant P. Singh, M.D., Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, North Chicago, "Diminished Brain Glucose
Uptake in Alzheimer's Disease: Role of Plasma Membrane Lipids and
Effects of Statins," $30,000
Kulandiavelu S. Vetrivel, University of Chicago, "The Mechanism
and Role of Lipid Raft Association/Residence of PS1/Gamma-Secretase
Complex in APP Processing," $35,000
Contributions to Illinois' voluntary income tax funds must generate
a minimum of $100,000 by Oct. 1 each year to remain on the IL-1040
forms. As of June 8, nearly 14,000 Illinois taxpayers had donated
$151,952 to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund this year,
ensuring that the fund will appear on Illinois tax forms for 2004
taxes, payable in 2005. That will be the 20th consecutive year the
fund has been listed on the state tax forms.
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