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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2015) — The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
While the news brings an incredible amount of uncertainty to patients and their families, there is a valuable resource at the University of Kentucky providing information, support and hope.
UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) was established in 1979 and is one of the original 10 National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers. SBCoA is internationally acclaimed for its work in the fight against age-related diseases.
Faculty and researchers work together within the framework of the Center's mission to explore the aging process and its implications for society. Research spans bench to bedside, from defining disease mechanisms in the brain and exploring cellular changes that lead to AD, to studies exploring healthy aging and ways to lower risk of dementia, to clinical trials testing potential new therapies that slow or stop the progression of age-related diseases of the brain.
Watch the Big Blue Family video above to discover how Sanders-Brown has impacted Carolyn and Ron Borkowski and why philanthropy is so integral to ensuring UK researchers will contribute to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease while also helping other Kentucky families.
This video feature is part of a regular series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields or who are impacted by UK’s reach through the Commonwealth. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday.
Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!
For more information on the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, visit: http://www.uky.edu/coa/contact-information.