FOUNDATION MAKES RESEARCH GRANT TO DR. ANDREW AHN FOR HIS SCIENTIFIC WORK TO FIND A CURE
BY JAY WINER
Last Monday The Facial Pain Research Foundation presented Dr. Andrew Ahn a $50,000 grant to aid in his investigation of the neurobiology of neuropathic facial pain. The grant was made in honor of Tom and Susie Wasdin who have made significant contributions to the Research Foundation. The presentation took place at the University of Florida Medical School where Tom and Susie happily handed the Foundation check to Dr. Michael L. Good, Dean of the School of Medicine.
Foundation Trustees Michael Pasternak, Ph.D., Albert Rhoton, Jr., M.D. and Douglas Anderson Ph.D. were also present to make the award. Also sharing in the excitement were John Koff, CEO of the TNA Facial Pain Association, Tetsuo Ashizawa, M.D, Director of the McKnight Brain Institute and Chairman of the Neurology Department, Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D., Chairman of the Neuroscience Department and a member of the Foundation’s research consortium and Stephen Fiqueroa, UF Director of Development.
On the “big screen” Michael Pasternak showed the new Foundation Public Service Announcements featuring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams and explained the “grass-roots” fundraising philosophy and activities of the Foundation. Dr. Ahn, both a neuroscientist and a neurologist, thanked the Foundation for its leadership and vision necessary to motivate researchers to move forward toward a cure. He explained his research to the group and described the team of researchers who will be working on the project at the Brain Institute. Each of the presentation participants shared their thoughts on the importance of finding a cure. Dean Good explained the importance of the Medical School’s relationship with the Foundation and his hopes to assist the Foundation to meet its goals.