A gift of $100,000 from Marilee and Ben Doud of Evergreen, CO helped fund the Bjugstad laboratory to perform cutting edge research on the potential for neural stem cells to alter the progression of neurodegeneration in an animal model of Down syndrome. The work recently was published in the journal Cell Transplantation with Drew Kern, a second-year resident in neurology, as the lead author. The fund also supported the research of Neuroscience doctoral student Angela Rachubinski who studied the potential role of neural stem cells to prevent neuronal damage in a neonatal model of Down syndrome. Angela’s research now has been presented at several national meetings including the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair. Both studies hold potential for the discovery of new cellular therapeutic targets for Down syndrome and related disorders.
Two gifts were received in April 2010 each in excess of $1 million and are part of the resources supporting the Department of Neurology’s senior level Alzheimer's disease research recruitment:
Joseph and Rose LaConte Alzheimer's Research Fund was established in April 2010 "to be used exclusively for research in the field of Alzheimer's disease."
Kurt N. von Kaulla and Edith von Kaulla Memorial Fund set up a fund in April 2010 for "research regarding the cause, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease."