January 28, 2013 Foundation News

BRF Raised Over $650,000 for Research and Education at the 2012 Discovery Dinner

More than 250 guests attended the Brain Research Foundation’s Discovery Dinner at the Four Seasons on Monday, October 29th.  The annual dinner was chaired by BRF Trustees Suzanne M. Kopp-Moskow and John Mabie with their spouses Michael Moskow and Martha Mabie. Rob Johnson, BRF Trustee and CBS2 News Anchor, kept the evening lively and the audience engaged as Master of Ceremonies.
Two individuals were the recipients of the Brain Research Foundation’s Frederic A. Gibbs Discovery Award.  Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Merrick Ventures, LLC, was presented the award for Philanthropic Leadership by last year’s winner, Greg Case, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aon Corporation.  Michael was chosen to receive the award because he is an entrepreneur who understands that investments in technology and healthcare will transform the world we live in.  
As the recipient of last year’s Community Service award, Norman R. Bobins presented the second Discovery Award to David M. Holtzman, M.D.  Dr. Holtzman is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Holtzman’s contributions to the world of neuroscience have advanced the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Panel Discussion:  Reducing the Risks of Cognitive Decline
The evening’s panel was moderated by BRF Executive Director, Terre Constantine, and was comprised of three distinguished scientists who addressed the most recent findings on reducing cognitive decline:  James A. Mastrianni, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Chicago; Robert J. Vassar, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University; and Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Neurological Sciences and Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center.  
The lively conversation addressed many aspects of how to prevent cognitive decline regardless of age, race or gender.  The positive message from all three researchers was that it was never too late to take an active role in preventing decline. Moderate daily exercise, adequate sleep and surrounding oneself with social activities were a few of the recommendations that were made by our esteemed panel to prevent and even reverse the cognitive effects of aging.  Two of the three panelists have received BRF support in the past and thanked the BRF for their extraordinary work in supporting neuroscience research.