ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona State University gifted $50M for dementia research

Mar 26, 2019, 4:51 AM
(Facebook/ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation)...
(Facebook/ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation)
(Facebook/ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation)

PHOENIX — Arizona State University will receive a $50 million donation that will be used to fund advancement in dementia research, it was announced Monday.

The endowment, one of the largest the university has ever received, was made by Charlene and J. Orin Edson.

The money will be divided evenly between the Biodesign Institute and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, which will be renamed after the Edsons.

Joshua LaBaer with the Biodesign Institute told KTAR News 92.3 FM that the funding will help the research center on two levels.

It will be used to research the biology that understands the disorder to understand what is wrong in order to advance and treat diagnoses and come up with better solutions to help patients and families cope.

“Part of the goal of the funding is to hire scientists and engineers who are coming up with creative and innovative ways to help patients manage what they have,” LaBaer said.

At the nursing college, the funds are expected to go toward bolstering programs and faculty.

That includes fellowships to train clinician-researchers and the creation of a chair who will work toward making the university the lead in nursing education and health care simulations.

“The Edson family’s generous gift helps to position ASU as a leader in tackling one of the most challenging health issues of our time,” President Michael Crow said in a press release.

“Our belief is that it will serve as an example of how investing in research for the common good makes possible new breakthroughs, better outcomes and faster progress on a whole host of important problems facing society.”

The couple already runs a foundation that supports the Mayo Clinic and the ASU Foundation and a cancer research center in Seattle, according to nonprofit filings.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes participates in a Martin Luther King Day celebration on Jan. 16...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes: No more ‘political lawsuits’

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has withdrawn a student debt lawsuit filed by her Republican predecessor as she changes the direction of the state’s top legal office.
12 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Street Eats Food Truck Festival)...
KTAR.com

Work up an appetite this weekend at Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale

Arizona's largest food truck party returns to the Valley this weekend for two days of sampling, feasting and more.
12 hours ago
(File Photos)...
KTAR.com

Sprouts, Fry’s to open new grocery stores in West Valley in February

West Valley residents are getting two new options for grocery shopping next month, with Sprouts and Fry’s set to expand in Surprise.
12 hours ago
Guy Fieri (Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

Guy Fieri pulling into Valley to host Super Bowl Sunday tailgate party

Lights out delicious news: Celebrity foodie Guy Fieri is throwing a free bash in Glendale on Super Bowl Sunday.
12 hours ago
Philip Barone, left; Sebastiana Barone (Photo via Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for West Valley couple with medical and memory problems

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday for a missing husband and wife who have cognitive and medical problems, authorities said.
12 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Sonora Quest offering 3-in-1 testing for influenza, RSV and COVID-19

Those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, influenza or RSV can now take a single test to get results for the three unique viruses.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Arizona State University gifted $50M for dementia research