The Florida Department of Health has recently appointed Dr. Mark Brody to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board.

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating brain disease that affects approximately 5.4 million Americans, including 520,000 Floridians, over the age of 65. It is estimated that by 2025, over 720,000 seniors will be living with this disabling disease in the state of Florida. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Florida.

The Advisory Board advises the State Surgeon General on the scope of the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. The Advisory Board may also provide advice on program priorities and emphases; oversight regarding mechanisms for the dissemination of research results; assistance in the development of appropriate linkages to nonacademic entities (such as volunteer organizations, health care delivery institutions, industry, government agencies, and public officials); in addition to any other responsibilities that may be requested. The Advisory Board consists of two gerontologists, two geriatric psychiatrists, two geriatricians, two neuroscientists, and three neurologists who collectively submit recommendations for proposals to be funded to the State Surgeon General by the 15th of December each year. Grants shall be awarded by the State Surgeon General, after consultation with the Advisory Board, on the basis of scientific merit.

Our congratulations to Dr. Brody for his appointment to the Board, and our thanks for all his efforts to treat and eradicate this terrible disease.