Alzheimer's research: Where the fundraising goes

Dollars raised help to find a cure for Alzheimer's

CLEVELAND -- The Alzheimer's Association has awarded Gary Landreth, professor of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University, a 2015 Research Grant Award of $240,000.

The money will be used to fund his research in Roles of TREM2 in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. The funds will be distributed over the next three years.

Cleveland-area researchers have received more than $11.4 million since the inception of the grants program. Cleveland ranks fifth in funding, behind New York, Boston, Chicago and St. Louis.

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest nonprofit source of funding for Alzheimer's research, having awarded more than $350 million to over 2,300 projects since 1982.

Alzheimer's Association research grants are intended to advance the understanding of Alzheimer's disease, help identify new treatment strategies, provide information to improve care for people with dementia and further knowledge of brain health and disease prevention.

The Landreth laboratory on the CWRU campus is focused on investigating the actions of genes linked to Alzheimer's disease and devising new therapeutic strategies for its prevention and treatment.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, they work to end Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease.

The Cleveland Area Chapter has two more walk events in Northeast Ohio this year:

· Saturday, September 19 at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon at 8 a.m.

· Sunday, September 27 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland at 7:30 a.m.

WKYC is a proud presenter of the Cleveland Zoo walk. If you'd like to join our team, click here

The Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter serves Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties with offices in Avon, Beachwood and Mentor.

SimplyTold, a new app for iPad users from a Cleveland-based tech start-up that helps families preserve intergenerational stories, debuts at the Alzheimer's walks.

Created by The Digital Mosaic, the app gives families the opportunity to use SimplyTold to talk about why they walk for Alzheimer's and why they support the organization.

User videos will be available for public viewing as they're uploaded during the event, here, and through the Alzheimer's Association's social media channels. 

The goal is to create an event-wide digital legacy.

The app and collaborative website were created by two Northeast Ohio technology companies, Blue Robot and Media-Schmedia, with content input from the Alzheimer's Association's Cleveland chapter to meet the special needs of users in various stages of the disease and their caregivers.


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