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SCRIPPS FLORIDA SCIENTIST AWARDED $1 MILLION FROM N.I.H.

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 10:51am.

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Medical researchers at Scripps Florida must be pleased with the news of Professor Phillip LoGrasso, a professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics, receiving an award from the General Medical Sciences of National Institute of Health for more than $1 million dollars.  Professor LoGrasso’s award has been allocated for the development of  analyzes that could point potential ways to find therapies for debilitating diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke.  The link between diseases is a protein known a “jun-N-terminal kinase “(JKN), an important contributor to stress induced cell death in neurons, beta-islet cells, and heart muscle cells.

The Florida home of the Scripps Research Institute is 130 Scripps Way, Jupiter on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.   It is a non-profit biomedical research and education facility.   The main institute is headquartered in San Diego, California.  The Scripps Institute in home to over 3,000 scientists, technicians, graduate stude

nts and administrative staff and other staff making it one of the largest non-profit biomedical research institutes in the world.

With November being “National Diabetes Awareness Month” it was especially touching too many of the agents and staff at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities to hear the news of the grant to Professor LoGrasso for his research.  Many of our family members, loved ones, and friends have affected by diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Parkinson, and/or Alzheimer’s.  Wonderful to hear some of that research is being done so close to home. 

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