Press Release: CTF Awards 2016 Research Grant to PIND

September 12, 2016 

Pittsburgh, PA – It is with great excitement that we share with you the Clear Thoughts Foundation (CTF)  will be awarding a $50,000 grant to The Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND). Specifically, the grant will go to Dr. Amantha Thathiah, for the application entitled “Role of GPCRs in Alzheimer’s Disease”.  Her proposal on translating the genetics of neurodegenerative disorders into therapeutic strategies aligns with the goals and mission of CTF.  After extensive review and gaining a better understanding of her research objectives, the CTF board of directors agreed that her application was most promising in providing valuable knowledge in the area of Alzheimer’s research which in turn, we believe, can further the treatment of all dementias.

CTF will be awarding this grant at our biggest fundraiser of the year. The Roll for a Reason Gala will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at J. Verno Studios on the South Side.   The event will feature Bubba from Star 100.7 as the emcee and have a Monte Carlo Casino Night theme with celebrity dealers. There will be a live auction, as well as silent and Chinese auction items. There will also be food, spirits, music and more!  Too much fun to miss all while raising funds to fight dementia!

CTF’s 2015 Gala raised over $100,000 for dementia research.

Worldwide, a person is diagnosed every 4 seconds with a form of dementia.

CTF was established in Pittsburgh in 2010, with the primary purpose to raise funds to discover drugs and novel therapeutics (biogenetics, stem cells, etc.) to stop the effects of dementia and eventually end this terrible disease. CTF has a two-tier fundraising initiative in place for 2016 and beyond. Tier 1 of the initiative is a long-term fundraising goal of $1,000,000 which will be directed towards an individual or organization on the cusp of a clinical trial for a drug to stop dementia. Tier 2 of the initiative will be an annual award of a research grant of approximately $50,000.

For more information, contact Hayley Jameson, CTF Founder & President, at or 412-638-5577.