Support for Alzheimer's Research 2017

        

Over 353,800 Australians are affected by Alzheimer's Disease with 1800 new cases weekly. Dementia is the second highest cause of death through the toxic accumulation of amyloid protein in the brain or other health problems caused through the loss of memory or loss of an essential function.

For a number of years, the McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation has been a major beneficiary of Karrinyup Rotary Club Community Service donations. Some club members also volunteer to assist in the research program.

At a recent meeting, Club members were privileged to hear from representative Ellaine Hislop about the wonderful progress being made by the Foundation in the area of Alzheimer's research.

Ellaine told us this is and exciting stage for the Foundation, which has recently had a name change to better represent its presence both in other parts of Australia and in the wider international community. This was done with the full support of the McCusker family. 

Director of Research, Professor Ralph Martins, and his team received a $1.125 million grant through the  National Health and Medical Research Council. These grants are very prestigious and competitive. Investigation of early onset Alzheimer's is continuing with the Foundation being one of eleven centres worldwide undertaking this research.

The Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) is an exciting new world class facility designed to house five of the state’s premier neurological research organisations, and foster collaboration of these major neuroscience research groups in Western Australia. This is now nearing completion. This will enable all of Professor Martins' team to work together.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Community Service committee member David presented Ellaine with this year's donation on behalf of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.

 


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