Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Published Papers, Published Thanks

While July's From the Lab blog entry by Dr. Malcolm Leissring deals with explaining the "Molecular basis for the thiol sensitivity of insulin-degrading enzyme" an important paper issued by his lab and published this month in the very prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, I want to talk about one, little, tiny part of this scientific work that I have under my microscope. Here is a picture of it:

In the "Acknowledgments" section of this research paper, you can find The Unforgettable Fund.

Meanwhile, Dr. Claes Wahlestedt and his crew published their work in a paper entitled "Expression of a noncoding RNA is elevated in Alzheimer’s disease and drives rapid feed-forward regulation of b-secretase" in the July issue of Nature Medicine, which, according to many, has the highest so-called impact factor in all of medicine.

This is the work, the incredible result, of two labs dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease. And these are the two labs to which The Unforgettable Fund donates.

These two published papers - two sterling examples of Alzheimer's research - were made possible, in part, because of your help, your donation, your time, and your effort. That's huge. While The Unforgettable Fund may not hand out fancy plaques or have grand parties to lavish praise upon our donors, we offer you this small token of the incredible opportunities your generosity created, and continues to create, for Alzheimer's researchers.

Right now, while you're at your computer, print out this Acknowledgment, fold it up, and carry it in your wallet. Refer to it often, and know that your contribution makes Alzheimer's research possible. Feel proud. You did this. You are what makes The Unforgettable Fund just that - an unforgettable fund.

Great, great job everyone!



  1. I am printing out a copy of this to hang on bulletin board in the office. I am so proud of your work - and the work in the lab.
    Truly amazing - CONGRATULATIONS.

  2. Patty,

    Congratulations to you, and to Malcolm and Claes - I'm very impressed!


  3. Way to go Patty. It's only a matter of time before TUF moves from footnote to headline.

  4. Marie Neant-FeryWednesday, July 30, 2008


    I never had the opportunity of thanking you and TUF. You gave me the chance to work with Malcolm and be a little part of "it".

    So, merci and bon courage pour la suite!