Richard Elbein, CEO of the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Alzheimer's Association, and Dr. Anne Morris, research specialist of the Alzheimer’s Association, congratulate Dr. Ines Moreno Gonzalez, assistant professor, right.
Richard Elbein, CEO of the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, and Dr. Anne Morris, research specialist of the Alzheimer’s Association, congratulate Dr. Ines Moreno Gonzalez, assistant professor, right.

Dr. Ines Moreno-Gonzalez, assistant professor of neurology and recent Alzheimer’s Association grant recipient, recently was invited to brief staff at the Association’s Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter office on her research.

Moreno-Gonzalez recently received a New Investigator Research grant for $100,000 over 2 years for her research project,“Induction of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology by Animal Consumption.”

“Alzheimer’s disease is the greatest public health threat currently facing the nation,” said Richard Elbein, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.  “One in nine Americans over the age of 65 and one in three over 85 has Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s not only robs people of their lives, but also takes a terrible toll on the families and friends who are their caregivers. Right now there is no effective treatment to stop or even slow down this disease.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to help fund the research of Dr. Moreno-Gonzalez and other scientists working on the leading edge of discovery in the Alzheimer’s arena. She and her colleagues hold out hope to the more than 5.4 million Americans – and 340,000 Texans – battling Alzheimer’s today.”

Moreno-Gonzalez joins fellow area scientists Drs. Muralidhar HegdeRodrigo Morales, and Jokubas Ziburkus, as recent awardees of  the Alzheimer’s Association’s competitive International Research Grant Program.  In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association is currently funding research of Dr. Robia Pautler.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s International Research Grant Program is at the heart of the Association’s commitment to advance Alzheimer’s research.  The largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research in the nation, the Alzheimer’s Association has awarded more than $300 million to more than 2,100 projects since 1982.