James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 email@example.com
September 12, 2017
Nathan Kline Institute Scientists Receive Major Federal Funding for Alzheimer’s Research
ORANGEBURG, NY - The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) announced today it has secured $20 million in federal grant funding to support Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research. Five multi-year grants were recently awarded to three research scientists at the Institute’s Center for Dementia Research (CDR).
Two other CDR researchers, Efrat Levy, PhD and Helen Scharfman PhD., have been awarded grants from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Levy received funding for her work in studying the mechanisms by which a genetic variant might inhibit the formation of amyloid beta, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Sharfman’s work seeks to understand why certain neurons in the brain’s memory center become abnormally hyper-active, even before clinical symptoms of AD develop. In addition to the funding for their AD research, Dr. Levy and Dr. Scharfman also received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health respectively, in support of complementary studies.
The awards were announced during a visit by New York State Senator David Carlucci to NKI at which CDR scientists presented their work and provided a tour of their laboratories. Senator Carlucci’s appropriation in a past state budget for a state-of-the-art microscope was an important factor that helped NKI investigators garner these highly-competitive federal research grants.
“We are very proud of the scientific progress that Dr. Nixon and his team are making, and are very appreciative of Senator Carlucci’s support. We believe this research will lead to new methods for early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in the future” said Dr. Donald Goff, Director of the Nathan Kline Institute.
Founded in 1952, the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) is a facility of the New York State Office of Mental Health that is nationally and internationally renowned for its pioneering contributions to psychiatric research. In addition to the Center for Dementia Research, the Nathan Kline Institute is a leader in the areas of schizophrenia, mood disorders and childhood development. Its Social Solutions Division works closely with Office of Mental Health to improve services to disadvantaged communities.