Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) has made the largest philanthropic donation in Irish history by giving €138 million to Trinity College to help fund research into a cure for dementia.
The funding will support work between Trinity and the University of California to advance the work of a Global Health Institute. Researchers at both universities will work together over the next 15 years to train around 600 new experts in the area of dementia as well work on changing attitudes and public policy towards the disease.
The donation will fund two programmes at the institute, a two-year ‘Fellows’ scheme where participants will receive hands-on experience in diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of patients with cognitive disorders, as well as elderly people who are at risk for brain health disorders.
Christopher G. Oechsli, president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, said:
“Our goal is to create a generation of leaders around the world who have the knowledge, skills and drive to change both the practice of dementia care and the public health and societal forces that affect brain health”.
Meanwhile, Atlantic Philanthropies has made a grant of $12.5 million (£7.2 million) to establish a new organisation in Belfast, Social Change Initiative, ‘to influence policy, practice and funding in areas supported by Atlantic, particularly through its global Reconciliation & Human Rights Programme.
Photo: Trinity College Dublin by Marianone on Flickr.com
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