Stories and Videos
VCoA is proud of the work we do in the community. See stories and videos demonstrating the impact of our work at the links in the tabs below.
These videos and news stories highlight programs that were partially funded by GTE grants. To learn more about GTE, click here.
PALETTE brought together 20 VCU dance students and allied health students who will be working with older adults when they finish their studies with 10 older adults for a 10-week series of dance classes. To learn more about this innovative project, read this news story on the VCU News site or watch this fun video of the class.
25 Years of Supporting Virginia Researchers:
Delegate Kenneth R. Plum discusses the creation of the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Fund (ARDRAF) program of VCoA on the occasion of the program's 25th anniversary.
Supporting young and continuing scientists in pursuing novel ideas:
Professor John Bigbee, Ph.D. of VCU's School of Medicine discusses the impact of his 1995 ARDRAF award exploring the functioning of neurotransmitters and the impact of drugs affecting those neurotransmitters on Alzheimer's outcomes, especially relating to possible drug side-effects. His award led to data that allowed him receiving further national funding to continue to focus on exploring improved therapeutic treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, his award led to 5 students completing Master's Degrees in his lab who have gone on to productive professional careers. VCoA and ARDRAF have been wonderful research partners and allowed young and continuing scientists the ability to pursue novel ideas.
The courage to pursue innovative and creative ideas, pushing the boundaries of scientific thinking:
Assistant professor Frank Castora, Ph.D. of Eastern Virginia Medical School discusses the impact of two ARDRAF awards on his research into the connection between mitochondrial DNA and Alzheimer's disease and how ARDRAF supports the pursuit of cutting edge medical research and development of individual research careers.