More than 540,000 Floridians are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and health officials say that's expected to increase by more than 30 percent in the next few years.
To help combat the rise of the most common form of dementia, the Florida Department of Health is awarding $4.8 million in grants for Alzheimer’s Disease research, according to NPR.
“I am pleased that the department is able to fund innovative projects and research initiatives focused on preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and improving the lives of the individuals and families that it has affected," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Celeste Philip in a news release.
This year, the money was distributed among nine schools and research centers for projects ranging from neuroimaging and risk prediction, to the gut flora that could play a role in the disease's progression.
Researchers at any university or research institute in Florida are eligible to apply for funding through the state-run Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. The grants are awared through a peer-reviewed, competitive process based on recommendations by the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board.
Read the full story at NPR.