UT chemist awarded 2 million for Alzheimer's research
TOLEDO, OHIO (WNWO)-- A key to curing Alzheimers could be right here in northwest Ohio. University of Toledo chemist Dr. Isaac Schiefer is leading the way. In April the scientist was awarded 2 million dollars from the national institute on aging for his latest Alzheimer-related study.
"The class of molecules that we're studying have never been studied for the brain before and we showed for the first time that they improve memory in mice," said Schiefer.
"There's only two or three drugs on the market for Alzheimer's disease, so you wouldn't have to completely cure it to have an impact on people's lives."
Schiefer has also been personally impacted by the disease, his grandfather had the disease when he was 72. For his research, the chemist has received positive feedback from many including the Alzheimer's association. The group has helped fund Schiefier's past work leading up to he and his team's latest discovery.
"Whatever is successful about Dr. Schiefer's work can then be combined with what's successful with the work that's similar or dissimilar from other scientists and result in an ultimate treatment and cure," said Julia Faulkner Pechlivanos, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio.
Right now he's continuing his research and as a Northwest Ohio native says he couldn't be more proud of the work being done at home.
"We can run a premier drug discovery program right at UT," said Schiefer.
Dr. Schiefer's was also award $153,500 over two years to study drug targets to addiction centers in the brain but National Institute on Drug Abuse.