The HudsonAlpha Foundation receives grants from two Birmingham foundations

The HudsonAlpha Foundation recently received two generous gifts from foundations in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama donated $50,000 to fund a project led by Rick Myers, PhD, president and science director at HudsonAlpha. Myers and a member of the Myers’ lab, Nick Cochran, PhD, are studying the genetic causes of two devastating neurodegenerative diseases – early onset Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The research team hopes to make discoveries that may point to new approaches for diagnosing and treating both Alzheimer and FTD, as well as other neurological disorders. This project is unique because many patients with these disease are younger, which will allow researchers to sequence the DNA of not only the patients, but their parents, providing a wealth of genetic information. The Daniel Foundation’s support for this research will expand our understanding of these diseases and lay the groundwork for future research.

“We believe that the research being done at Hudson Alpha and the groundbreaking discoveries that they are making in the detection, treatment and ultimately cures for many diseases will  affect not only the citizens of Alabama today, but for generations to come,” said Charles W. Daniel, Chairman of the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. “HudsonAlpha is a world leader in biomedical research, and we are fortunate to have them located in the state of Alabama.”  

The Crippled Children’s Foundation, with support from the Monday Morning Quarterback Club of Birmingham, awarded $25,000 to the Hero Fund to offset the cost of whole genome sequencing for Alabama children who can’t afford it. The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine on the HudsonAlpha campus uses whole genome sequencing to diagnose rare undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease. By using the power of genomics, the Smith Family Clinic strives to solve cases of undiagnosed disease and provide answers to children, families and physicians.

Thank you to the Daniel Foundation and the Crippled Children’s Foundation for your support!