01/10/2008

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Receives $200,000 for Alzheimer’s Outreach Program
 
The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has awarded the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) a $200,000 grant to help fund the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Education and Outreach program. 

The money will be spent on educational programs for doctors. 

“Doctors need to be proactive by asking their patients questions about their memory and cognitive functioning and not waiting until the patient comes to them with a problem,” said BRNI CEO and Executive Director, Mark Cochran, Ph.D. 

BRNI wants to encourage doctors to test their patients for cognitive problems so that patients receive the best available treatment as soon as possible. 

“Memory tests are a tool that doctors can use now to assess a patient’s cognition,” Cochran said.  “There is no approved way to confirm Alzheimer’s disease currently, but we (BRNI) are trying to develop one.”

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Assessment Education and Outreach program will conduct pilot studies to determine the best way to test patients for cognition problems, educate communities and healthcare professionals about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and raise awareness about early detection and the best available treatments.  It’s a multi-year project.  The West Virginia legislature provided the program with $1 million last year. 

BRNI will also share some of the Benedum grant with the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association.  The Association will provide BRNI with materials related to the state’s Alzheimer’s patient population.  It is estimated that 46,000 people in West Virginia have Alzheimer’s disease.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
corioe@wvuh.com
ec: 01-10-08

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