July 1, 1999
ALZHEIMERS DISEASE RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded five grants, totaling nearly $110,000, for Alzheimers disease research, Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, today announced.
Funding for the grants is from the Alzheimers Disease Research Fund, 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, nearly $1.8 million has been donated to support 96 research projects.
Alzheimers disease exacts a devastating toll on many levels physical, emotional, social and financial from the persons who suffer from it and from the afflicted persons family and friends, Dr. Lumpkin said. Illinois taxpayers have repeatedly shown their great generosity by helping to fund the critical research that is needed to find 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 200,000 in Illinois. These numbers are expected to increase dramatically during the next 25 years, however, as the countrys population ages.
Grant requests were reviewed by the Department in consultation with the Alzheimers Disease Assistance Act Advisory Committee and Peer Review Panel. Members of the advisory committee include professionals who work with people with Alzheimers disease, researchers, victims family members and representatives of the general public.
The five grant recipients this year are
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 the end of June, Illinois taxpayer donations to the Alzheimers Disease Research Fund stood at nearly $117,000, ensuring that the fund will appear on Illinois tax forms for the 14th consecutive year.
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