Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Awards Fifth and Sixth Research Grants

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Awards Fifth and Sixth Research Grants
(Burton, Michigan)--October 19, 2010-- The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative(AAQI) has awarded $80,000 to the Alzheimer's Association to co-sponsor two important research grants for new investigators that support early career development and may lay groundwork for future research advances.

"We are so appreciative of quilters around the country who have supported our efforts and raised this money for us," said Ami Simms, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. "We are looking forward to working with the Alzheimer's Association on these two grant awards and hope that the knowledge gained from this research will advance the understanding of Alzheimer's and ultimately bring a cure within our grasp."

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative award will fund two Alzheimer’s Association "New Investigator Research Grants" to:


  • Anna Krichevsky, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), for a research project titled "MicroRNA Regulation of Early Events in Alzheimer's Disease." Dr. Krichevsky is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience/Neurology. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Hyoung-gon Lee, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), for a research project titled "Effect and Mechanism of Cell Cycle-Re-entry in Neurodegeneration." Dr. Lee is an Instructor in the Department of Pathology. He received his Ph.D. in Neuropathology from Case Western Reserve University.


The Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) is the leading U.S. voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece." The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $421,000 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.

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

Art Credit:
"Waiting for Bill"
by Judy Leathers
Pelham, AL

9" x 12"
Hand painted and commercial fabric; machine appliqued, machine quilted.

Artists Statement:
Annie Mae wandered from her home and caused a lot of frenzy for the family. When she was finally found blocks away she calmly said, "I'm waiting for Bill." Bill was her husband of almost 40 yrs. He died in 1974. Annie Mae was waiting for him in 1979. She died in a nursing home in 1986.

This quilt is part "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope," a traveling exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

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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