Eugenia Trushina, PhD: Mitochondria as a Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals have granted Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic Rochester, the ADDF-Harrington Scholar Award.
Dr. Trushina has been awarded $600,000 for her late stage preclinical research on new drug candidates that show promise in restoring mitochondrial function. In addition to funding, she will receive in-depth drug development support to help maximize her project’s potential for clinical success.
“The ADDF-Harrington partnership helps scientists move academic discoveries from their labs toward clinical studies, and eventually into the clinic to improve the lives of people living with and at risk of Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. Howard Fillit, the ADDF’s Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer. “The mitochondria, which are the powerhouses of the cell, are a promising new target in the fight to combat this devastating disease.”
Dr. Trushina has shown that restoring function in mitochondria may delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The compounds she and her team have developed have shown a positive effect in both symptomatic and pre-symptomatic models of Alzheimer’s.
“Supporting this innovative therapeutic approach for patients with Alzheimer’s disease represents our dedication to developing new classes of medicines that are not otherwise traditionally pursued in the field,” said Dr. Andrew Pieper, Director of the Neurotherapeutics Center of the Harrington Discovery Institute and University Hospitals Morley-Mather Chair in Neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Trushina’s research was selected through a competitive process, based on its potential to advance towards the clinic as a novel approach to treat, prevent, or cure Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Collaboration between the ADDF and Harrington Discovery Institute for this award provides recipients with both research funding and expert guidance in order to efficiently bridge the gap between academia and pharma.
“We are in our seventh year of collaborating with the ADDF to address this major unmet medical need,” said Jonathan Stamler, MD, President, Harrington Discovery Institute and Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Innovation and Professor of Medicine at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. “This partnership leverages our combined expertise and resources to give the science the best chance of advancing towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”
About the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s, employing a venture philanthropy model to support research in academia and the biotech industry. Through the generosity of its donors, the ADDF has awarded more than $150 million to fund over 626 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 19 countries. To learn more, please visit: https://www.alzdiscovery.org/
About the Harrington Discovery Institute
The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio–part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development–aims to advance medicine and society by enabling our nation’s most inventive scientists to turn their discoveries into medicines that improve human health. The institute was created in 2012 with a $50 million founding gift from the Harrington family and instantiates the commitment they share with University Hospitals to a Vision for a “Better World.”
About the Harrington Project for Discovery & Development
The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development (The Harrington Project), founded in late February 2012 by the Harrington Family and University Hospitals of Cleveland, is a $300 million national initiative built to bridge the translational valley of death. It includes the Harrington Discovery Institute and BioMotiv, a for-profit, mission-aligned drug development company that accelerates early discovery into pharma pipelines.