Wake Forest Baptist Receives $3.47 Million to Support Work in Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease
Three donors have provided gifts totaling nearly
$3.5 million to advance education, patient care and research in aging and
Alzheimer’s disease at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The donors and their gifts, which total $3.47
million and were received during the past 12 months, include:
- From donors who
wish to remain anonymous, two gifts totaling $1.3 million to support programs at the J.
Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation to educate, recruit, retain and train geriatricians
- The Paul and Ferne
Sticht Foundation of Charlotte, $1.17 million to endow geriatric research and
clinical care, and
- The Hartman
Foundation of Austin, Texas, $1 million made as a challenge grant to support
Alzheimer’s disease research.
“We are deeply grateful for the commitment
represented by each of these gifts,” said Norman D. Potter, Wake Forest
Baptist’s vice president of development and alumni affairs. “Individually, the
stated purpose of each one directly addresses the mission of our Medical
Center, to improve health. Collectively these gifts, along with gifts of all
amounts that we receive, are essential to our continuing success as a leading
academic medical center.”
devoted to education and training initiatives will support programs such as
Geriatrics Principles for Specialists. The program teaches chief residents and
fellows from other disciplines about general principles of geriatric medicine
and how to apply those principles to patients in their specialties.
the weekend-long program, each resident or fellow is given several bottles
filled with placebo pills and a strict regimen of what pills to take when. The
exercise helps doctors understand some of the challenges faced by older adults.
least 40 percent of patients in almost any specialty will be over 65,” said Hal
Atkinson, M.D., director of the program, which was created with philanthropic
support. “Our goal is to 'gerontologize' as many physicians as possible.”
Funds devoted to patient care and research
initiatives will advance Wake Forest Baptist’s Gerontology and
Geriatric Medicine program, which focuses on helping older adults maintain
their health and independence. One of the nation’s first geriatrics-focused
facilities, the Sticht Center offers leading-edge clinical and research
programs to patients and brings together more than 90 faculty members from 20
departments, institutes and centers.
The gifts also will support specific research initiatives
in Alzheimer’s and dementia, including work led by Suzanne Craft, Ph.D.,
director of the Alzheimer’s program at Wake Forest Baptist. Craft’s recent research
has examined 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 lifestyle interventions. The Hartman Foundation challenge grant
will support her research and provide a 1:1 match for all funds that are raised
up to $1 million.8/13/2015http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2015/Wake_Forest_Baptist_Receives_Gifts_to_Support_Work_in_Aging_and_Alzheimers.htm
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