Community Foundation for Brevard Funds Medical Research at Florida Tech

$40K in Grants Will Support Ongoing Studies of Alzheimer’s, Cancer

In August, the Community Foundation for Brevard awarded $40,000 in Medical Research Grants on behalf of the Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken Endowment Fund.

The grant of $40,000 awarded to Florida Institute of Technology extends two previously funded cause and cure projects – Alzheimer’s disease and cancer research. The Alzheimer research, spearheaded by Shaohua Xu, associate professor of biological sciences will extend research funded last year by the Community Foundation. The grant for cancer research was awarded to Eric Guisbert, assistant professor of Biological Sciences and Dr. Karen Guisbert. Their focus will be to continue efforts to develop new anti-cancer drugs that target HSF1.

“Kenneth Finken retired from the Government Electronic Systems division of Harris Corporation where he held four patents,” shared Sandi Scannelli, president/CEO, Community Foundation for Brevard.  “His wish was to leave a family legacy that would forever support cause or cure research for Alzheimer’s, cancer and other pervasive diseases. I believe he would be proud of our association with Florida Tech and the important research that is being supported by his legacy fund.”

This is the ninth grant awarded to Florida Tech from the Finken Endowment Fund for medical research. This funding has the potential to extend the length of life and/or improve the quality of life for many and may lead to significant progress in medical research world-wide. Read more in FL Tech’s Press Release


Drs. Xu and Guisbert provide CFB board member and 2016 Grant Committee Chair, Rob Naberhaus and Grants & Program Manager, Lisa Davidson with a tour of their lab areas and discuss their funded medical research projects.





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