BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY SPONSORS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH GRANT
Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Harvard Researchers to Investigate Protein Build Up
CHICAGO (January 7, 2003) - As part of its
ongoing commitment to the Alzheimer's Association, Chicago based
insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company is sponsoring the Ronald
Reagan Institute grant that may offer promising new insights into
treatment strategies for Alzheimer's Disease which affects
approximately four million Americans.
The research will isolate and study beta-amyloid autoreactive T
cell responses that are characteristic of the disease. Because
accumulations of the protein fragment beta amyloid is a
pathological hallmark of the Alzheimer brain, many experts believe
that preventing production or aggregation of beta-amyloid may offer
promising treatment strategies.
While beta amyloid build up is not proven to be the cause of
Alzheimer's Disease, most researchers agree it contributes to
disruption of thinking. The research will be conducted over two
years at Harvard Medical School by Alon Monsonego, PhD.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in 10 Americans
over 65 and nearly half of Americans over 85 have Alzheimer's
Disease. "We are very pleased Bankers Life and Casualty Company
stepped forward to take sole responsibility for the funding of this
important research," said Sheldon Goldberg, president and CEO of
the Alzheimer's Association. "The support of companies like Bankers
is critical to furthering research that will provide new insights
into Alzheimer's and ultimately lead to the eradication of the
Ed Berube, Bankers' president and CEO said, "Bankers has been
focusing on serving the needs of seniors for more than 30 years.
We're committed to making a difference, not just by insuring their
future, but by helping to assure it. That's why Bankers will
continue to support the Alzheimer's Association for as long as it
takes to win the battle against Alzheimer's disease."
Bankers is one of the largest and most respected insurance
companies in the United States focused exclusively on the needs of
senior Americans, and has partnered with the Alzheimer's
Association on a number of fundraising projects including the
Annual Rita Hayworth Gala.
Bankers serves the needs of seniors through a broad portfolio of
quality, competitive insurance products including long term care,
life, annuities and Medicare supplement; a national sales force of
professionally trained career agents; and a dedicated group of long
tenured, highly capable home office employees.
The Alzheimer's Association, a national network of chapters, is
the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to
advancing Alzheimer's research and helping those affected by the
disease. Having awarded $136 million in research grants, the
Association ranks as the top private funder of research into the
causes, treatments, and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. The
Association also provides education and support for people
diagnosed with the condition, their families, and caregivers.