The Alzheimer's Association is awarding John Lukens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research, Neuroscience, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine a 2018 Research Grant Award.
The grant award provides Dr. Lukens $149,820 over three years to study Lymphatic dysfunction and inflammasomes as drivers of Alzheimer’s disease pathology, according to NBC 29 in Charlottesville.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world, having awarded more than $405 million to fund over 2,600 scientific investigations. The Association is currently investing over $110 million in nearly 400 best of field active projects in 18 countries.
Fostering a robust workforce of Alzheimer’s researchers is a major goal of the Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant and Fellowship Awards. The program funds primarily early-career scientists working on new ideas in Alzheimer’s research. The hope is that this will lead to future grant applications to government and other funding sources, including larger grants available through the Alzheimer's Association. The Association makes it a high priority to support researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
“The only way we will achieve a world without Alzheimer’s is through research. Funding Dr. Lukens not only supports this critical project, but is part of a broader Alzheimer’s Association effort to keep the best and brightest scientists working on this disease,” said Sue Friedman, president & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter.
Read the full story at NBC 29's website.