Diabetes research at the University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research & Discovery raised a pillar of support today with a $500,000 gift from Alene and Jeff Lipshaw and the Milstein Family Foundation. This donation will establish the Rose C. and Nathan L. Milstein Family Emerging Scholar Fund, which will provide funding in perpetuity for a PNR&D junior faculty member investigating diabetes.
“I am so incredibly thankful for Alene and Jeff’s transformative gift to support diabetes research in my laboratory,” said Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology. “The Milstein Family Emerging Scholar program will allow us to continue attracting the world’s most talented young diabetes scientists.”
Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, while 85 million more have prediabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, healthcare expenses for diabetes cost the U.S. $327 billion per year.
Diabetic nerve damage is the most common complication of diabetes. The damage begins with tingling or painful sensations in the feet with a gradual upward movement along the limbs, and ultimately results in complete loss of sensation. Additionally, people with diabetes have a 50-75% greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
About the Program for Neurology Research and Discovery: Under the direction of Dr. Eva Feldman since 2000, PNR&D is a group of 30-plus scientists, clinicians, and students, who are working toward the common goal of understanding and curing neurological diseases, especially ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic neuropathy.