Wesley Hutchings divides his time among professional, family, and charitable activities. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wesley Hutchings maintains responsibilities as vice president of purchasing for the family firm Hutchings Automotive Products, SA, LLP. In his free time, Wes Hutchings gives to local and national initiatives, including the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association, one of the world leaders in the area of Alzheimer’s research and care, recently partnered with two other nonprofits to fund studies into two of the most common diseases of the brain: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The Alzheimer’s Association will work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to provide grants of up to $150,000 for the development of research projects that utilize existing biological samples and data. The existing biological samples and data will come from the Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a pair of already-completed biomarker research projects.
The grant program, known as Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Disease, will support qualifying research into such areas as the assessment of commonalities between the diseases and the identification of pathways that may cause related disease mechanisms. The collaborative effort is designed to spur research into diseases that affect tens of millions of people around the world.