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Review for BrightFocus Foundation, Clarksburg, MD, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I have donated to Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR) for several years. Like many donors, I have been guided by the heart more than the head because my dad had Alzheimer's. I know that ADR is a program of the BrightFocus Foundation. I am trying to see how my contributions are being used and the effectiveness of the ADR program. At this point, I am not coming up with much info. Can someone tell me the relationship between ADR and AHA, which is referenced in the references or testimonials? Thank you. Note: I had to select a rating before I could submit my review/question. Disregard my score

Role:  Volunteer

Thank you for your question about Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR). First, let me offer my sympathies in learning that your dad had Alzheimer’s disease. ADR is one of three research programs supported by the BrightFocus Foundation, formerly known as the American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF). The other two are Macular Degeneration Research and National Glaucoma Research. ADR supports some of the most innovative research in the world to find treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s and provides educational materials to help families better understand and manage the disease. We sponsor an “Alzheimer’s Fast Track” workshop to encourage and prepare young researchers to pursue this field of study. This year ADR awarded $5.9 million for 32 new research grants, bringing us to over 75 Alzheimer’s research projects currently funded and managed by Brightfocus. These grants were based on the recommendations of our ADR Scientific Review Committee, which is comprised of leading researchers and clinicians from around the world. The research we support has been cited in scientific works at twice the frequency of other projects, a strong indicator that your investment is helping to boldly push the boundaries of new discovery. We are proud to hold the GuideStar Exchange’s Gold Seal, as well as to have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and the Maryland Nonprofit’s Standards for Excellence. I appreciate your steadfast support for ADR. For more information, please see our Annual Report or call us at 1-800-437-2423. Michael Buckley Vice President, Public Affairs BrightFocus Foundation