$100,000 GRANT FROM BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY FUNDS ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Friday, March 5, 2004
CHICAGO (May 3, 2004) - Bankers Life and
Casualty Company has made a two-year grant worth $100,000 to the
University of Chicago to fund research into the causes of
Seong-Hun Kim, M.D., Ph.D., a research associate and assistant
professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and
Physiology at the University's medical school, has applied the
grant to his research into certain proteins and how they interact
to cause the early onset form of Alzheimer's disease.
Kim, 35, said he became devoted to researching the disease when
he watched his own family struggle with Alzheimer's. Born in South
Korea and educated at Seoul National University College of
Medicine, he has been presenting academic research papers on
Alzheimer's since 1996. He believes the fight is hopeful.
"Almost all of what we know about the disease has come from
research done in the last 15 years," he said. "We are learning so
much, a future cure is not out of the question."
"But to do that, we need more research," he added. "That's why
companies like Bankers' are critical partners to us in the
Bankers provides its research grants through the Chicago-based
Alzheimer's Association, the world's largest grant making
institution dedicated to combating Alzheimer's and serving those
who live with the disease.
The University of Chicago grant is the second made by Bankers.
Last year, the company made a $100,000 two-year grant to Harvard
University's Ronald Reagan Research Grant program. Since 2001,
Bankers has provided $450,000 in research grant money through the
"Our policyholders and potential policyholders are America's
seniors," said Bankers' Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Strategic Planning Dan Veto. "Our own business research tells us
that fear of contracting Alzheimer's is the number one fear of
"By partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, we are
supporting our friends and clients," he said.
In addition to research grants, Bankers is the premier corporate
sponsor of Chicago's Rita Hayworth Gala, which benefits the
Alzheimer's Association, and conducts Forget Me Not Days each May,
a national fundraiser that benefits the work of local chapters of
Since awarding its first grants in 1982, the Association has
committed more than $150 million toward research into the causes,
treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer's disease. While
supporting the worldwide research effort the Association also works
tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for affected individuals
and their families. Through its national network of chapters, it
offers a broad range of programs and services for people with the
disease, their families, and care partners.
The Chicago-based Alzheimer's Association is a tax-exempt,
nonprofit organization. All of its programs and services are made
possible through contributions, large and small, from individuals,
corporations, and foundations.
Established in 1879 and headquartered at the historic
Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, Bankers Life and Casualty
Company focuses exclusively on the financial security needs of
seniors. The company offers a broad portfolio of health and life
insurance and retirement savings products designed especially for
seniors. These products are distributed through a national network
of professionally trained company agents. Visit us online at www.bankers.com.