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
"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.
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.