Temple Receives Gift to Create the Scott Richards North Star Foundation and Stop Alzheimer’s Now Chair for Alzheimer’s Research
POSTED ON JANUARY 07, 2020
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) has received a gift from Temple University trustee, benefactor and Fox School of Business alumnus Phil Richards and the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation (SRNSCF), as well as Stop Alzheimer’s Now (SAN), to establish the Scott Richards North Star Foundation and Stop Alzheimer’s Now Chair for Alzheimer’s Research at the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple. The gift to establish the Chair will be utilized exclusively for the purpose of funding Alzheimer’s research at the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple (ACT). The name of the researcher who will be first occupant of the new chair position will be announced at a later date.
“We’re extremely thankful to the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation and Stop Alzheimer’s Now for this generous gift,” said John M. Daly, MD, FACS, Interim Dean and Harry C. Donahoo Professor of Surgery at LKSOM. “That these two organizations would select Temple for this donation speaks volumes to the promising work being done by Dr. Domenico Praticò and his team at the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple. The Alzheimer’s Center is performing cutting-edge research into the causation, prevention and ultimately cure of this devastating disease.”
The Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota non-profit corporation, and Stop Alzheimer’s Now is a Texas non-profit corporation. Both have a core funding priority of ending Alzheimer’s disease. In 2018 SRNSCF provided a gift to LKSOM to establish the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research at Temple as well as the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple. Domenico Praticò, MD, was appointed the first Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research and Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple. The occupant of the new chair funded by this latest gift will report to Dr. Praticò. SAN also provided a gift in early 2019 to fund research at ACT.
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