Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute Awarded $1.5 Million Grant
The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI) has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.
The funding will be used to develop five key programs to bolster current outreach and research initiatives:
- Building a statewide healthcare provider education and outreach program to engage healthcare providers in rural and underserved communities, as well as recruit volunteers to serve as advocates for improved diagnosis and treatment
- Developing a strong public awareness and marketing strategy to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and aging-related diseases and treatment options
- Expanding recognition of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute’s public health mission as a key example of the Wisconsin Idea, a philosophy which holds that research conducted at UW should be applied to solve problems and address public health, quality of life, environmental and agricultural issues faced by those living in the state
- Assuring the long-term sustainability of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute through an established development plan
- Expanding and solidifying the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute’s existing collaboration with the Israel-based IRAP (Israeli Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention) study of adult children of those with Alzheimer’s, and positioning it as a model for future national and international collaborations
The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, estimates that nearly 50 percent of people who have Alzheimer’s disease are not diagnosed and that 50 percent of those who have been diagnosed are not receiving proper treatment. These estimates are even higher in minority and rural communities due to several factors, including underrepresentation in research, delayed diagnosis and access to care. By 2025, it is predicted that nearly 130,000 Wisconsinites over 65 will have Alzheimer’s.
“Our goal is to engage those throughout our state in an effort to ensure that individuals affected with this disease are not only diagnosed earlier, but also have access to proper care and treatment,” said Dr. Mark Sager, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute. “Through the support of the Helen Bader Foundation, WAI will be able to build upon our network of resources in rural and underserved communities, as well as ensure strong development of WAI initiatives in the future.”
Date Published: 01/16/2014