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UB receives $2.35 million grant for Alzheimer’s research, treatment

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo has received a five-year, $2.35 million state grant to beef up its programs in Alzheimer’s disease.

The goal of the planned Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease in Western New York is to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Similar grants have been awarded elsewhere in the state.

Among other things, UB will use the funds to educate doctors in training about dementia and geriatrics. One other emphasis of the grant is partnering with health care providers and social agencies to improve services to areas of the region with limited services.

“Our mandate is to transform the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the seven-county region by focusing on screening, early diagnosis and treatment, thus mitigating the impact of the disease on patients, families and caregivers as well as its public health impact,” said Dr. Kinga Szigeti, associate professor of neurology and director of UB’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Buffalo General Medical Center.