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Monday, April 30, 2012

One Quilt at a Time

I wanted to share a thank-you letter we received from Dr. Domenico Praticò, Professor of Pharmacology at Temple University in response to receiving a research grant from the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.
He wrote:
With this letter I would like to express the most sincere and the deepest gratitude to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative for funding our research proposal entitled, “Corticosteroids, 5-Lipoxygenase and Alzheimer’s Disease.”

As you know today stress and the associated glucocorticoids imbalance are recognized as important environmental risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, the causes responsible for this association are unknown. The main goal of the funded studies will be to discover them, and by doing so to provide new knowledge on possible therapeutic approaches for individuals who have this risk.

The trust and faith that the AAQI has put in our group by supporting our research is highly appreciated especially in a time when funding for research is tight.

Thus, despite the enormous amount of work done and significant new knowledge in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease gained in recent years, there is still so much to accomplish, but financial support to reach this goal can be at times a serious limitation. The contribution of the AAQI supporting our fight against AD is important, highly appreciated and most welcomed, the reward for it will be simply immeasurable.

With gratitude,
Domenico Praticò, MD

Professor of Pharmacology
Temple University

Dr Praticò has also volunteered to be a part of the AAQI’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Every quilt you sew, every quilt you buy, are important. They serve a higher purpose. They make it possible for ordinary people like you and me to make a difference. Scientific research is the only way we can ever conquer Alzheimer’s. Research costs money. We’ve already raised more than $713,000. Can we raise a million?




Please share this with a friend.

Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

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