|July 18, 2002
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE GRANTS AWARDED
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded 10 grants totaling nearly $3.5 million for Alzheimer's disease research and support, Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, today announced.
Funding for seven of the grants $200,000 is from the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund (ADRF), a special fund to which taxpayers can contribute through their IL-1040 income tax returns. Since 1986, when the fund first appeared on the tax forms, $2.4 million has been donated to support 111 research projects.
The remaining three grants, totaling $3.3 million, were awarded to Alzheimer's disease assistance centers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield ($1,500,000); Northwestern University, Evanston ($300,000); and Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago ($1,500,000). The centers at Northwestern and Rush serve the Chicago metropolitan area, including Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties; the Southern Illinois University center serves the rest of Illinois' counties.
The grants, which are drawn from general revenue funds and have been awarded since fiscal year 1987, support the centers' four major mandates: identification, diagnosis and treatment, education and research. Through fiscal year 2003, grants have totaled nearly $25.3 million.
"Alzheimer's disease is a physically, emotionally, socially and financially devastating disease, not only for the person who suffers from it, but for his or her family," Dr. Lumpkin said. "The continued generosity of Illinois taxpayers allows critical research into the causes and most effective treatments for this disease."
Victims of this age-related form of dementia suffer a progressive loss of memory, attention span and the ability to learn. The disease affects nearly 4 million Americans, about 210,000 in Illinois.
ADRF grant requests were reviewed by the Department in consultation with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Act Advisory Committee and Peer Review Panel. Members of the advisory committee include professionals who work with people with Alzheimer's disease, researchers, victims' family members and representatives of the general public.
Following are the seven recipients of this year's Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund:
Contributions to Illinois' voluntary income tax funds must raise a minimum of $100,000 by October 1 each year to remain on the IL-1040 forms. As of July 5, Illinois taxpayer donations to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund stood at more than $169,000, ensuring that the fund will appear on this year's Illinois tax forms (2002 taxes, payable in 2003) for the 18th consecutive year.
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