UC Santa Barbara Awarded $2 Million for Alzheimer's Research
The University of California, Santa Barbara has been awarded nearly $2 million from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation for innovative research in Alzheimer's disease. The grant will support an interdisciplinary investigation of the microtubule associated protein tau, which makes up the neurofibrillary tangles that are found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. The research effort will be led by MCDB Professor Kenneth Kosik, co-director of UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute and Harriman Professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Other members of the team are MCDB Professor Stuart Feinstein, Frank Doyle, Omar Saleh, and Linda Petzold. Prof. Kosik will head the Larry L. Hillblom Center for Neurodegeneration Research at UC Santa Barbara, which will exist for the duration of the four-year, $1,970,291 project.