The BrightFocus Foundation in Clarksburg, Maryland, has announced grants totaling more than $11 million for research on diseases of the eyes and brain.
The grants — a record amount for the foundation — will provide more than $5.9 million in support of Alzheimer's disease research projects as well as $5.1 million to address macular degeneration and glaucoma. With the latest grants, BrightFocus has committed more than $150 million for research over the last four decades, with nearly $38 million of that awarded over the last five years. The names and projects of individual grant recipients have not yet been released, pending completion of final agreements with the researchers and their supporting institutions.
"As the baby boomers age, these diseases will take a growing toll on families and taxpayers," said BrightFocus Foundation president and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller. "BrightFocus is proud to support some of the most promising research and innovative scientists in the world."