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Pilot Study:
Alzheimer's Disease Core Center

The University of Pennsylvania, NIH-funded, ADCC in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (CNDR) will fund two pilot projects on biomedical, epidemiological or behavioral research in basic science or clinical areas each at a level of up to $20,000/year. These one-year, non-renewable grants support pilot research projects on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis or management of dementia of the Alzheimer's type or related conditions. The purpose is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data to serve as the basis of a grant application to the NIH or other public or private agencies concerned with this important medical and social problem (see the CNDR website: A committee will review the proposals and funding depends not only on scientific merit, but also on the likelihood that the pilots will lead to independent investigator initiated proposals. Priority will be given to:

  • faculty in the early stages of their career who seek to enter the Alzheimer's Disease research arena
  • senior faculty who intend to shift their research emphasis towards neurodegenerative diseases

Applicants should utilize the NIH PHS 398 form with a limit of 5 pages (exclusive of literature cited). Please find application submission details on the CNDR website. The application submission deadline is April 1, 2002 and questions may be directed to Gayle Viale, staff assistant, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR), phone (215) 662-4708 or e-mail:

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 19, January 22, 2002


January 22, 2002
Volume 48 Number 19

In a message to the University community, President Judith Rodin notes that Penn must "take corrective steps now if we want to maintain a balanced budget."
Dr. Dawn Bonnell has been named Trustee Term Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Gary Molander has been named the Allan Day Term Professor.
Dr. Virginia Richards has been named the Kahn Term Professor.
An update on BEN Financials' first two weeks in operation includes a new Advisories web page for users.
The Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board seeks the input of the University community on their recommendations for expanding the PENNCard policy.
Interested in finding out about HERS, the summer institute for women in higher education? Two information sessions will provide the details. now contains a free on-line clinical trial match and referral service for patients who are attempting to locate all available treatment options.