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Four Spitz Grants Awarded

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Case Brain Health Collaborative has awarded four 2014 Spitz grants for $50,000 each.

The awards were announced at the recent the Brain Health Symposium. The grant awards are made through the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Fund, which supports initiatives and research to help advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders related to memory, executive function and cognition. This fund is generously supported by the Spitz family, whose vision it is to ensure that future generations will benefit from the funding provided by the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Fund and the work done by the Spitz Scholars. The following are 2014 Spitz Scholars: Witold Surewicz PhD "Department of Physiology and Biophysics CWRU Prion Protein Fragments as Inhibitors of Aβ Toxicity and Potential Drug Candidates in Alzheimer Disease" Yu Luo, PhD Department of Neurosurgery CWRU "Inhibition of excessive mitochondrial fission is a novel approach for improving dopaminergic neuronal survival in Parkinson’s disease" Christopher Bailey, PhD Department of Neurology, UH Neurological Institute "Subsymptom Threshold Exercise Protocol (STEP) to Recovery Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial" Brian Appleby, MD Department of Neurology, UH Neurological Institute “Establishment of an Atypical Dementia Care Model” Scholars are chosen by the Executive Committee of the Case Brain Health Collaborative, which is chaired by Anthony J. Furlan, MD, Co-Director, Neurological Institute, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Gilbert W. Humphrey Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The submitted projects were assessed based on their relevance to human health, especially memory function, executive function and cognition in health or disease. Projects related to neurodegenerative disorders affecting memory and cognition including but not limited to minimal cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer Disease and Parkinson Disease were prioritized. Both clinical and translational pilot projects were considered.

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