$10.3M in Alzheimer's Research Funding Awarded to University of Arizona

NOVEMBER 25, 2016, Rebecca Partridge

The National Institute of Aging has awarded a five year, $10.3 million grant to the University of Arizona, Tucson to fund research on why women are more susceptible to developing Alzheimer's Disease than men are. Lead researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton will be collaborating with other UA investigators, as well as with researchers at the University of Southern California with specialties including; neuroimaging and informatics, pharmacology, gerontology, and neuroradiology. 

Here’s Maria Shriver’s Challenge to Corporate America on Alzheimer’s

NOVEMBER 1, 2016, Sy Mukherjee | Fortune

She says companies don’t find Alzheimer’s, which disproportionately affects women, “sexy”.

Each October, a parade of major American companies across the business spectrum unite to promote women’s health for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But there’s not nearly as much corporate activism when it comes to another disease with a massive gender gap: Alzheimer’s. And that needs to change if there’s any hope for finding a cure, argues journalist and activist Maria Shriver.

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The Alzheimer’s tsunami is coming. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with the disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050, placing a staggering burden on society. And nowhere does this burden weigh heavier than on the shoulders of women, who make up two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer’s, as well as the majority of unpaid caregivers for family and friends living with this disease. While a race for the cure is on, what can millions of Americans do today to prevent the onset of this debilitating disease? What does new research need to focus on? And what can be learned from women’s brains?
Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science,University of Arizona Health Sciences
Maria Shriver, Journalist; Founder, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
Moderator:  Dr. David B. Agus, USC

UA Gets $10.3M to Study Alzheimer's in Women

OCTOBER 21, 2016, Jean Spinelli | UAHS Office of Public Affairs

 five-year National Institute on Aging program project grant will be led by Roberta Diaz Brinton, inaugural director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the UA Health Sciences.

UA Receives $10.3M to Help Unlock the Mystery of Alzheimer’s in Women

OCTOBER 20, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Why do more women than men get Alzheimer’s disease? In their quest to find the answer, neuroscientist Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, and her collegues in the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, have been awarded a $10.3 million five-year Program Project Grant (PPG) from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer's Association Accelerates Research on Potential Sex Differences in Alzheimer's

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016, Jean Spinelli | UAHS Office of Public Affairs

An estimated 120,000 people age 65 and older in Arizona have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the number is expected to increase to 200,000 by 2025, a change of more than 66 percent. Women are disproportionately affected.

UA Alzheimer's Research Looks at Aging Female Brain



JULY 14, 2016, Sara Hammond

The University of Arizona has made brain research a focal point in its creation of a new Center for Innovation in Brain Science.

The center draws from expertise in science, engineering and informatics, the science of information. The brain science center will be a collaborative effort of experts in a variety of disciplines from across the state.

Leading Alzheimer’s Researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton Appointed Director of New Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the UA Health Sciences

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD – a leading neuroscientist in the field of Alzheimer’s, the aging female brain and regenerative therapeutics – has been appointed inaugural director of the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. She will begin her new duties May 9, 2016.