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Publish Date: 09/12/02
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College of Medicine Receives $1 Million Donation for Neuroscience Research

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will accelerate research into Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease with a $1 million gift that establishes the Helen Stemen Ruder Fund in Neurosciences.

The gift to UC's Neurosciences Program, a part of The Neuroscience Institute, comes from Anne R. Bever and James E. Bever of Oxford, Ohio. The gift was made in memory of Mrs. Bever's mother.

"Such a generous gift is a critical component of our ability to attract the clinical and basic researcher who can find the next steps toward better treatment of these terrible diseases," said Joseph Broderick, MD, chairman of the UC Department of Neurology.

The gift will be used as ammunition against two of the great scourges of aging. In the United States and Canada, 1.2 million people suffer from Parkinson's disease, a degenerative, progressive neurological disorder. The peak age of onset is 60, but 15 percent of all Parkinson's patients are under 50.

About four million Americans have Alzheimer's, a degenerative, progressive disease of the brain and the most common form of dementia. Fourteen million Americans will suffer from the disease by 2050 unless a cure is found.

The university, in partnership with the Health Alliance, established The Neuroscience Institute in 1998 as part of an ambitious effort to build upon its national reputation for excellence in neuroscience. The institute includes or is developing research centers that focus on the main diseases of the brain and nerves such as stroke, brain tumors, brain trauma, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, ALS and multiple sclerosis.

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