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49 million dollar grant awarded to IU Medicine for Alzheimer’s research

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – In late September, IU Medicine received a 48.8 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health to help further late-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia research.  

Dr. Bruce Lamb is the director of IU medicine’s stark neurosciences research institute and will oversee much of the research made possible by the grant.

“My hope is that over these next five years, we’ll have some therapies that have turned positive in some of our models, and then next, we’ll be able to start to move those into patients,” Lamb said.  

Indiana has become something of a hotspot for Alzheimer’s research with companies like Roche Diagnostics, Eli Lilly, and IU Medicine all funneling considerable money into their Alzheimer’s programs. IU Medicine maintains a close relationship with the Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which just hosted its annual walk to end Alzheimer’s.  

“The funds that we raise at the walk to end Alzheimer’s support research through the Alzheimer’s association’s research leadership as well as our international research grants programs. So, we fund research directly,” Natalie Sutton, the chapter executive of the Indiana Alzheimer’s association said. “And in addition to advancing research, the funds raised at the walk also provide care and support services and resources to Hoosiers who are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia or are providing care for someone with the disease.”  

While Alzheimer’s might seem bleak, there is much ongoing progress being made in the fight against this debilitating disease.