Two Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville specialists in Alzheimer’s disease — neurologist Neill Graff-Radford, M.D., and molecular neuroscientist Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D. — have been appointed to Florida’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board.
The appointment was made on Oct. 3 by State Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., FACS, who is also the Florida Secretary of Health. The 11-member board is a component of the new Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program that will assist in the effort to fund research leading to the prevention or cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
This new $3 million funding initiative was passed during the 2014 legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott. The research program is designed to focus on improving the health and well being of Floridians battling Alzheimer’s disease while enhancing Florida’s developing research community, according to Scott.
The Alzheimer's Disease Research Grant Advisory Board will advise Dr. Armstrong on the scope and direction of the new Alzheimer’s disease research program. The Department will award research grants through a competitive, peer-reviewed, process that will identify and fund the best proposals to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and expand Alzheimer’s disease research in Florida.
Drs. Graff-Radford and Petrucelli represent, respectively, the clinical and basic science side of Alzheimer’s disease research and treatment at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. They often work together to understand the biology of the disease in order to improve diagnosis, treatment and potentially prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Mayo Clinic is Florida's only NIH-designated Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.