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February 09, 2016

Research News

Grant to improve access to Alzheimer’s care

The Medical Center’s Office for Aging Research and Health Services will receive $2.35 million from New York State to establish the Finger Lakes Center for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Led by Carol Podgorski, associate professor of psychiatry, the project aims to create an accessible, integrated system from which patients and families, particularly from disadvantaged populations, can receive comprehensive care.

New drug has roots in Medical Center research

More than 15 years of research led by neurologists at the Medical Center has culminated in the first approved treatment for individuals with a rare neuromuscular disorder called periodic paralysis. The FDA recently approved dichlorphenamide, marketed under the brand name Keveyis, for individuals with the disease. “This is one of the most dramatic diseases in medicine,” says Robert (Berch) Griggs, professor of neurology and principal investigator of the clinical studies that led to the drug’s approval.

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