Pennington Biomedical Research Center has launched a fundraising campaign for its Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention (IDRP).
“Making Memories: A Challenge Campaign for Dementia Research” is in response to a nearly half-million-dollar leadership investment from the Charles Lamar family, according to a news release from Pennington.
The family will match other contributions, up to $360,000, now through June 2014.
The gift honors the late Josephine Pugh Lamar, who died in 1976.
“Dementia took our mother’s life too early, and we believe the work of the IDRP will find ways to help other victims of dementia,” her son Charles Lamar said in the news release.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to support important scientific discoveries related to dementia and to know your gift will have twice the impact on dementia research ... Gifts of all sizes are important and appreciated,” said Ed Middleton, president and chief executive officer of Citizen Bank & Trust, who is leading the campaign’s volunteer committee.
For more information about the “Making Memories” campaign, call Ann Wilkinson at (225) 763-2512 or visit http://www.pbrf.org.
In other news at Pennington, the center hopes to shed light on whether a pregnant woman’s gestational diabetes is linked to her children later developing Type 2 diabetes.
The clinical study is open to young adult sibling pairs whose mother had gestational diabetes with one but not the other sibling, according to a news release from Pennington.
Participants in the study, called “EXPOSURE: Metabolic Traits of Adult Sib-Pairs Discordant for Intrauterine Diabetes Exposure,” would have a screening visit to determine eligibility, and would also have a 32-hour stay in Pennington’s inpatient clinic.
Each participant would receive up to $300 for taking part in the trial.
For more information, call (225) 763-3000, email email@example.com or visit http://www.pbrc.edu/clinical-trials.
Tulane Medical Center is researching osteoporosis, the loss of bone density over time, and eligible participants will receive a free bone health assessment, including a bone density test.
Participants also will receive compensation for a one-time, two-hour visit, with weekday, evening and weekend appointments available, according to a news release from Tulane.
Volunteers for the study must be at least 18 years old and without any severe, uncontrolled chronic disease.
They should also be without certain other conditions, including pregnancy, hyperthyroidism and serious effects from stroke.
In Baton Rouge, the study is being held at the Clinical Branch of Tulane Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics, located at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Mid City, 3870 Convention St.
For more information, call (225) 381-2721 or (225) 381-2723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. John Walker McDonald of Gastroenterology Associates will speak at the Baton Rouge Parkinson’s Disease Group meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. For more information, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.
Advocate staff writer
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