Jacksonville’s medical community is on the front lines in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, and its fight has received significant support from the state.

 

Three researchers at the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus have been awarded a total of $1.2 million in grants as part of a state program to research ways to prevent and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

The grant-winning Mayo researchers are:

■ Nilufer Ertekin-Taner (a neurologist and neuroscientist studying how Alzheimer’s affects African Americans).

■ Rosa Rademakers (a neuroscientist studying Alzheimer’s early stages).

■ Guojun Bu (a neuroscientist studying what role gender plays in the effects of Alzheimer’s).

Cheers to the three doctors and the Mayo Clinic for earning massive backing from the state for Alzheimer’s research.

PRESTIGIOUS HONOR FOR JU GRAD

Congratulations to Jacksonville University graduate Zachary Thomas Wing for winning JU’s prestigious Fred B. Noble Jr. Gold Medal for Scholarship.

Wing, an accomplished guitarist, graduated with a 3.95 grade point average with a bachelor’s degree in music business. He received the Noble honor during JU’s recent fall commencement.

Fred Noble Jr. was one of Jacksonville University’s founders and earned a bachelor’s degree from the school at age 91.

GREAT NEWS FOR UNF

The University of North Florida has won recognition as one of the nation’s Top 50 online colleges by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, which provides information on the nation’s distance-learning programs.

Some of the factors used to rank the Top 50 online colleges included quality of available programs, flexibility for students, student support and overall cost. Well done, UNF!

WOUNDED WARRIORS FETED

Paul Franks writes that he had the opportunity to be part of a Wounded Warrior luncheon put on by State Attorney Angela Corey and her staff. There were a couple of other departments included, also.

The luncheon at the Hidden Hills Country Club included goodie baskets for the warriors..

“It was inspirational knowing the caliber of men and women protecting our great country and the thoughtfulness of the State Attorney’s Office in recognizing these soldiers at Christmas,” Franks wrote.