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7.17.2012

Alzheimer’s Research at the Miller School Gets $400,000 Boost

The Department of Neurology has received a $400,000 boost for Alzheimer’s research, thanks to the Barbara M. diTullio and Martin A. Fleischman Alzheimer’s Research Endowed Fund.

On July 12, fund trustee Lewis M. Ress presented an oversized check representing the gift to Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., the Olemberg Chair of Neurology and Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Public Health, Human Genetics, and Neurological Surgery.

“Endowed funds are critical to academic medical centers and all universities,” the Dean said. “They allow us to invest in research and attract the brightest minds to fight the most perplexing diseases.”

The funds will be used for research awards dispersed next year to recipients who focus on understanding, treating and preventing Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. They will be selected by the Dean and Sacco.

“Training the next generation of physician-scientists is one of our main missions, and philanthropic support is so important to providing protected time for young trainees interested in starting a research career,” Sacco said.

A devoted Miami Hurricanes fan, the late diTullio expressed loyalty for the football team “win, lose or draw.” Just like her unwavering support for her beloved ‘Canes, researchers at the Miller School are dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of one of the most complex disorders.

“This endowment will make a difference to generations of patients,” the Dean said.

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