Hartman Foundation’s $1 Million Challenge Grant Strengthens Research in Alzheimer’s Disease
A $1 million challenge grant from the Hartman Foundation is helping researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center as they study Alzheimer’s disease.
supports a two-year study that will investigate a primary cause of Alzheimer’s
and will also help to pilot innovative strategies for preventing and treating
the disease. The study is led by Suzanne Craft, Ph.D., director of the
Alzheimer’s disease program at Wake Forest Baptist, which is affiliated with
the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation. It examines abnormal
shifts in brain metabolism that occur at the very earliest stages of
Alzheimer’s and whether these shifts can be corrected with medication or
Austin, Texas-based Hartman Foundation is led by Douglas Hartman who made the
grant in honor of his father, David. The challenge was issued to leverage
additional philanthropic support for Alzheimer’s research and will provide a
1:1 match for all funds that are raised. The challenge grant already has generated
a significant gift to Wake Forest Baptist’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative
Fund that is being used to help recruit faculty to assist with the study.
of the few institutions in the country focused solely on dealing with the
challenges of aging, the Sticht Center promotes the health and independence of
older adults by fostering multi-disciplinary collaboration in basic and
clinical research, research training, professional education and community
is leading a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to
investigate nasal insulin as a treatment for Alzheimer’s. The study is the most
comprehensive effort of its kind to date and involves clinical trials in 30
sites across the nation.
team recently reported on a successful pilot study on the use of a man-made
form of insulin delivered by nasal spray that may improve working memory and
other mental capabilities in adults with mild cognitive impairment and
Alzheimer’s disease dementia. That study was supported by the National
Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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