AAQI Funded Research Shows Promise

AAQI Funded Research  Shows Promise

(Burton, Michigan) -- March 28, 2013: A $60,000 grant from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) helped researchers at the University of Michigan move a step closer to understanding Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Mi Hee Lim and an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Life Sciences Institute and Department of Chemistry, and Biophysics worked with a molecule found in green tea known as EGCG. They recreated the molecule in the lab and found that it prevented the misfolding of proteins found in Alzheimer's disease brains, specifically metal-associated amyloid-beta. It also broke down existing amyloid plaques in the brain, the pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. This information could eventually lead to a potential therapy for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Results of the University of Michigan study were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has also funded research at the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, Temple University, Texas A & M, University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins University.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. The AAQI has raised more than $904,000 for Alzheimer’s research since it began in January 2006 and expects to reach $1,000,000 by the end of 2013. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. Her mother had Alzheimer’s. This is the last year the AAQI will be selling donated quilts, however it will continue to award research grants and monitor research for several years to come.

For more information about the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.


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