E. Marie Lascarides – Founder/President/Director/CEO – Ms. Lascarides Founded the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation on March 23rd, 2005, using her own life-savings, because her Dad had Alzheimer's. Her personal mission and vision was to do something that has never before been attempted in medical history that would have the potential to dramatically accelerate the cure for Alzheimer's disease. Marie hoped that this would happen in her Dad's life-time. Unfortunately, her Dad lost his battle on Oct. 2nd, 2008 but he continues to be her Driving Force from Above. Prior to her founding the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation, Marie was a Development and Communications Manager for another non-profit organization. More about Marie
In March 2002 she was nominated and elected President, as well as Director of Research and Project Development of The Hellenic American Historical Society of Rhode Island. She was also on the Board of Directors of this organization and one of its founders. The mission, at that time, was to participate with an exhibit as a full partner at Heritage Harbor Museum in Providence Rhode Island. Her commitments and position with this organization were non-paid positions which involved many personal sacrifices on her part in order to get this organization off the ground and attain its goals. During her tenure, she managed to obtain "Partnership” status at the Heritage Harbor Museum, a particularly difficult feat of accomplishment, considering that the “spots” at the museum were already allocated to all the other heritage groups that were involved in this project 5 years prior to the formation of this organization.
It was her passion for the project and the museum’s belief in her capabilities that prompted their agreement and acceptance of one more “Partner” organization. Through her tireless efforts and dynamic public relations, she attracted interest and expanded the Board of Directors of the Hellenic American Historical Society of Rhode Island from the 4 original Officers/Directors to 15 by the end of her first year. During that year, she also sat on the Board of Directors of Heritage Harbor Museum, along with the other member organizations, who each had one member sitting on the museum’s Board. She held this position for one year and departed after – through many personal sacrifices, and much hard work on her part - she had taken it to its highest level. It was under her direction that the organization reached its peak.
During this same approximate time-frame, she was also Vice-President of Public Relations for the Providence, RI chapter of Toastmasters International.
Despite her overloaded schedule, her compassion for human suffering and desire to help those in need led her to become a hospital volunteer for a six-month period.
She was also an editor-in-chief of a start-up weekly newspaper with great success. By definition of the publishers, the newspaper was to be “regional”. Under Ms. Lascarides’ direction and vision, it became a nationally acclaimed newspaper – at the time – with a strong academic following.
In addition to her excellent written and verbal communication skills, she also has a strong PR/management/sales/marketing background.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation, Ms. Lascarides will dedicate her energies to making this Foundation a success. Her goal is to reach the $20 million cash prize incentive as quickly as possible, so that the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation will serve as a catalyst that will spur medical research into exciting new heights and at a level never before dreamed of.
On April 19th, 2009, she launched a TV program on Public Access TV in the state of Rhode Island called "A Tribute to Memories... The Race for the CURE!" where she is the Producer and Host, a venue that gives information about Alzheimer's. Since its first year of operation the TV program has been nominated for the RI PEG Award in every category it has ever entered, always winning one trophy. The very first episode was nominated in the "Best Educational" category and the 2nd episode was nominated - and won - the "Best Health" category. Marie credits the TV program to her Mom, Elvira Lascarides, and considers her the brain-child behind this endeavor.
In addition, Marie writes a column about Alzheimer's in The Federal Hill Gazette. This column is available world-wide through the internet at www.thefederalhillgazette.com. You can even read some of the previous columns by clicking on the link for "Columnists" and choosing the month you would like to read. Since the complete online version of the newspaper is relatively new, you can only go back as far as the columns first appeared online.
Marie promotes the organization to the General Public, to the Corporate world and to the Board of Directors.
She is motivated by her personal experience with Alzheimer's Disease. Her Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1999 and she had vowed to commit herself in doing everything she possibly could so that a cure for Alzheimer’s was developed in his lifetime. In March 2005, she founded the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation, hoping that her Dad would benefit from the cure. Unfortunately, this was not meant to be. Her beloved Dad, Peter Lascarides, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on Oct. 2nd, 2008. Devastated by this loss, she is more passionate and dedicated than ever to keep his memory alive and to continue her efforts and commitment for the cure, so that other families will not suffer losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Marie Lascarides, Founder of the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation, has entered a 5-year contract with the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation, which is automatically renewable. She holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and is President of the Board of Directors and the spokeswoman for the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation representing the organization to the media and the public. She runs the organization and manages day to day activities and creates the organization’s programs. Her efforts are directed towards overseeing the organization's various programs such as accepting speaking engagements as part of the Community Outreach program, producing and hosting our Award-Winning TV program, writing our columns about Alzheimer's, and working with students who are part of our Alzheimer's Scholarship Challenge (an internship open to college students nation-wide), etc.
Ms. Lascarides is also responsible for building relations with the medical and scientific community as well as making them aware of the prize, when the time is right, and, in the future, participating at conferences for Alzheimer’s Disease. As the organization grows, Ms. Lascarides will also be responsible for the hiring and firing of any additional employees. At this time, there are NO paid employees and that includes herself. Her personal and financial sacrifices are too numerous to even begin to mention.
Teni Boulikas, PhD – Vice-President, Director – Dr. Teni Boulikas is one of the longest-standing members of the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation's Board of Directors and has been with us since July 2005. Dr. Boulikas, is the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO, of Regulon, Inc (www.regulon.org), based in the USA (California), and Athens, Greece. Regulon is an oncology-focused drug delivery company leveraging proprietary and differentiated tumor-targeting nanotechnology to develop improved branded versions of leading chemotherapy drugs. In 2006, Dr. Boulikas was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his development of successful cancer treatments. More about Teni
Regulon's lead product, Lipoplatin, is a liposomal encapsulation of cisplatin, the most widely-used chemotherapy drug with applications to over 50% of human malignancies. Lipoplatin nanoparticles, loaded with cisplatin are uptaken by tumors and metastases (up to 200-fold higher than normal tissue) by leaking through the compromised endothelium of tumor vasculature (extravasation) and by the avidity of tumors for nutrients with Lipoplatin disguised as a nutrient with its lipid shell. Moreover, Lipoplatin nanoparticles fuse with the cell membrane to empty its toxic payload inside the cell. Published Phase III studies show a lower toxicity with improved therapeutic index in adenocarcinomas of the lungs compared to cisplatin; this feature was not shown by other platinum blockbuster drugs (carboplatin, oxaliplatin) and it is for the first time in Europe cisplatin will be replaced by Lipoplatin in lung adenocarcinams (since 70s).
Dr. Boulikas is not only the inventor of Lipoplatin, but in addition he orchestrated all stages of preclinical and clinical development of this drug including testing through Phase I, II and III human trials. Teni is also in charge of the regulatory team and has filed to European Medicines Agency (EMA) for marketing authorization (under the name Nanoplatin) for NSCLC and as first-line against pancreatic cancer.
Teni is also the inventor of Lipoxal (liposomal oxaliplatin, Phase II for colorectal cancer), LipoVIL12 (a liposomal virus expressing the human IL-12 gene, Phase II planned against metastatic melanoma), Liporubicin (liposomal doxorubicin able to fuse with the membrane of the tumor cell, currently at preclinical stage), liposomal paclitaxel and of numerous 4th generation liposomal drugs and liposomal peptides.
His passion is lab work on liposomal drugs, on therapeutic genes and regulatory DNA to fight human disease. Teni holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. He received his Ph.D. from the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas in Biochemistry. As a European Molecular Biology Organization postdoctoral Fellow, he studied nuclear matrix-chromatin interaction at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne. He determined contacts between the lamin proteins and DNA and he developed a highly sensitive silver staining method applicable to both proteins and nucleic acids, a work with over 3,000 citations.
He then became Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Head of the Laboratory of Monoclonal Antibodies at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec with research activities on cloning methods, immunoglobulin genes, and monoclonal antibodies. Teni Boulikas moved to the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto in 1988 as an Investigator and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and later at the Institute of Molecular Medical Sciences (Palo Alto). He has over 80 publications.
In 1997 Teni founded Regulon in Palo Alto and then Mountain View, California and Regulon AE as a service provider in Athens, Greece in 2001 with research activities focusing on liposomal encapsulation of drugs. In 2003 he received a world patent on encapsulation of cisplatin, other structurally unrelated drugs and genes that formed the platform technology of Regulon. Teni Boulikas is the organizer of 8 International Conferences aiming at bridging the fields of Gene Therapy and Molecular Biology & Medicine, and Founder of the International Society of Gene Therapy and Molecular Biology. He has also the responsibility of managing patient data, promoting the clinical trials of Regulon in several countries and assembling the most exciting teams of oncologists as Regulon's collaborators.
Teni is the Editor of "Cancer Therapy" and "Gene Therapy and Molecular Biology" that can be accessed freely on the web sites www.Cancer-Therapy.org and www.gtmb.org. This is a free service to the scientific community to promote science and cancer treatments. Long-standing interests of Teni are in the field of natural products and their use to promote human health and as a preventive medicine. He has formulated ointments and creams based on plant extracts against burns and many other skin conditions.
With great enthusiasm Teni received the news of the founding of the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation and wholeheartedly, without any hesitation, accepted our invitation/nomination to have him join our Board of Directors. We are especially honored with his support and interest in the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation, his faith in and commitment to our mission, despite his overwhelming schedule. Teni accepted the invitation of the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation to act as the Vice President of the Board of Directors.
Danielle Girdano is Certified Master Personal Trainer, who specializes in Childhood Obesity, Exercise for Persons with Diabetes, Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercises for Postural Abnormalities, Weight Loss, Strength and Endurance, Senior Fitness, Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise, and Exercise Motivation & Psychology. Her individual credentials include Indoor Cycling, Advanced Aqua Aerobics Exercise, Exercising with Coronary Artery Disease, Exercise and Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes and Nutrition, Functional Assessments for Older Adults, Physiology of Aging, Exercise Programming for Alzheimer’s. More about Danielle
Danielle is one of only 12 worldwide professionals that sit on the prestigious Personal Training Advisory Board for The Cooper Institute based in Dallas TX. In addition, she is President of D’fine Sculpting & Nutrition LLC with offices in multiple US states. She was recently named to the “Top 40 Executives Under 40” years old by the Dallas Business Journal. She was nominated and made the finalist list for the “2013 Chicago Innovation Awards” because of her mathematical based fitness programs. She is also an appointed member of the National Alliance for Nutrition & Activity based in Washington D.C. Additionally, she serves as Fitness Advisor for Synergy Worldwide based in Utah and sits on the Fitness Advisory Board for Cardiovascular Wellness of Chicago based in Chicago IL.
Danielle currently serves on both the Fitness and Medical Advisory Board for First Responders for Fitness based out of Detroit MI. Lastly, she has recently been named to the Advisory Board for St. Jude Research Medical Hospital and the Sunday of Hope Project. Danielle is considered one of the most elite professionals in the fitness industry today and has a sincere driving passion for helping people live longer and stronger lives through nutrition and active lifestyle. “You must have both desire and sacrifice to achieve success” Danielle played in organized sports from the young age of 6. With participation in the Junior Olympic circuit, college and professional level activities Danielle understands the dedication of serious athletes. As a working marketing professional, however, with a sedentary lifestyle, she gained a tremendous amount of weight over a short period of time as an adult and knew it was time to get back into shape. With fervent dedication and passion she steadily regained her life and body back; going as far as to complete the 6,400 mile Ride the Arc bicycle project in 2010.
During her transformation Danielle found herself motivating and helping others at the gym. She decided to make a career change, fueled by her desire to help others achieve their fitness potential. Danielle began her formal education and training with the Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas. Her own personal experience and struggle got her to where she is today. We are thrilled to have Danielle among us!
Anna Burkman - is a restaurateur who has been in the business since 1977. She is a third generation owner of the DeLuxe Restaurant in Shillington, PA. In addition to running a full service restaurant, she owned and managed the Days Inn of Reading from 2000 to 2007. She is a hands on operator using her culinary skills in the kitchen and her managerial skills for day to day challenges. More About Anna Burkman
Anna Burkman is a restaurateur who has been in the business since 1977. She is a third generation owner of the DeLuxe Restaurant in Shillington, PA. In addition to running a full service restaurant, she owned and managed the Days Inn of Reading from 2000 to 2007. She is a hands on operator using her culinary skills in the kitchen and her managerial skills for day to day challenges.
Mrs. Burkman earned her BS in Business Management from Kutztown University. She has also been certified in food safety by the state of Pennsylvania.
She was the first woman president of the Shillington Rotary Club. She founded the Youth Leadership Program of the Berks County Rotary Clubs and also initiated the student exchange program through Rotary International. She encourages the youth at career day at her local schools.
Anna’s focus has always been about educating and nurturing children so they would have the skills and confidence to achieve their potential. Her present day goal is to help her role model, her father, live his best life possible throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. A very compassionate person, Anna is excited to be part of the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation.
Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer – Director - is an Associate Professor of Psychology/Gerontology, as well as a Core Faculty member of the Women and Gender Studies. Lisa is also a Gerontology Program Coordinator of the Department of Psychology, at Northeastern Illinois University. More About Dr. Lisa
Lisa is certified in a variety of disciplines and is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 20 Mentorship Award in Adult Development and Aging, where she was awarded at the APA Conference in Washington, DC on August 9, 2014. She is also the recipient of the 2014-2018 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Program of Merit Award (as Gerontology Coordinator). In the Research Category, she received the 2006 - 2007 Faculty Excellence Award and was nominated by her students for the 2003-2004 Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
As a Gerontology Program Coordinator Dr. Sawyer developed and implemented many new programs. Lisa has also been awarded with a plethora of grants that have to do with the aging population. She serves on the Editorial Board for several publications and is a Journal Reviewer for many others.
Lisa is a lifetime member of Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society in Gerontology, a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 20, as well as the Adult Development and Aging Member of the American Psychological Association Division 35. She also belongs to the Society for the Psychology of Women and is a Member of the National Association for Professional Women.
Dr. Sawyer is a major contributor for a plethora of publications, a participant at numerous Academic Conference Presentations, and an invited speaker on the topic of aging by many other venues.
Lisa is proud to be a member of the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Dennis Pantazatos - holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences a M.S. in Human Genetics and an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering. He is also certified in clinical and Translational Research. Dennis is currently a Research Associate and Hellenic American Research Scholar in the Division of Infectious Diseases. More about Dennis
Dennis is currently a Research Associate and Hellenic American Research Scholar in the Division of Infectious Diseases. In the past, he was a senior Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, a Research Associate/Assistant Professor of Research at Rhode Island Hospital, Division of Hematology/Oncology and at the Warren Alpert Medical School, at Brown University, in Providence, RI. At the Harvard Medical School he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and a visiting Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Northwestern University in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology.
Dr. Pantazatos has co-authored numerous papers and has been an invited Presenter at several conferences and symposiums. He has been awarded NIH grants for a “Training Program in Molecular Hematology” as well as “COBRE Center for Cancer Research Development” grant for Mapping Conformational Changes in Growth Factor Receptors using DXMS.
Through his affiliation with the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation by being a member of our Board of Directors, Dennis hopes to make a difference in the area of Alzheimer’s by supporting our efforts to dramatically accelerate the cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
David Moretti, Esq. - Former Director - We sadly announce the passing of our dear friend and esteemed Member of our Board of Directors, David C. Moretti, who passed on Feb. 18th, 2014. David, may you Rest In Peace. Attorney David Moretti, although currently retired, has had a successful career as a trial lawyer for over 35 years in Rhode Island and has alway been very involved in community service. David is one of the newest Members of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's CURE Foundation although he has been a supporter of the organization and a member of our Advisory Committee for some years now. He joined our Board as of January 2013. More about David David is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the RI Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Military Court of Appeals and the U.S. Tax Court. He is also a member of many "Bars" throughout the country, including but not limited to the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York Bar Association. David is an esteemed member of many clubs, including the Lions, the Rotary, the Cranston Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Italian Cultural Club, the Italo-American Club, Smithfield's Sportsmen Club and the Rhode Island Board of Realtors. He is a firm believer of "giving back". We are fortunate that he has embraced our cause/mission and are proud to have him amongst us. David Moretti is a partner of the Moretti and Perlow Law Firm.
David is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the RI Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Military Court of Appeals and the U.S. Tax Court.
He is also a member of many "Bars" throughout the country, including but not limited to the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York Bar Association.
David is an esteemed member of many clubs, including the Lions, the Rotary, the Cranston Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Italian Cultural Club, the Italo-American Club, Smithfield's Sportsmen Club and the Rhode Island Board of Realtors.
He is a firm believer of "giving back". We are fortunate that he has embraced our cause/mission and are proud to have him amongst us.
David Moretti is a partner of the Moretti and Perlow Law Firm.