AAQI Awards 11th Research Grant

AAQI Awards 11th Research Grant
The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Awards
$60,000 Research Grant to Temple University


(Burton, Michigan) April 3, 2012: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has awarded a $60,000 research grant to Temple University to investigate the role psychological stress plays in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The research will be led by Dr. Domenico Praticò, M.D. Dr. Praticò has also volunteered to be on the AAQI's Scientific Advisory Board helping vet grant applications for future funding.

In the last three years, the AAQI has awarded research grants totaling more than $305,000. This is the eleventh grant the charity has awarded for Alzheimer’s research. The grants are made possible in large part from income generated by the selling of small quilts made by its supporters. Quilts are offered in monthly auctions, sold outright on the AAQI website year round, and at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas each fall.

The research, led by Dr. Domenico Praticò, M.D., Professor of Pharmacology, and Immunology and Microbiology at Temple University’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia will focus on how altered or increased stress hormone levels accelerates the development of Alzheimer’s. The researchers hope to unlock the mechanisms that trigger this biological effect, allowing them to develop therapeutic strategies to block the negative effects of psychological stress and prevent Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Pratico received his M.D. from the La Sapienza University of Rome where he also completed a residency program in Internal Medicine. He has authored over 185 articles, and has received many awards for his research accomplishments, including the Biomedicine Investigator Award for Excellence, Neuroscience Education and Research Award, and The Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.alzquilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." AAQI has raised more than $704,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan, is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

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Contact:
Ami Simms
Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
(810) 637-5586
www.alzquilts.org