As a successful businessman and a president of Vitol, Inc., one of the world’s largest oil trading companies, Miguel “Mike” Loya makes numerous decisions every day. He worries that one day he may not be able to make those decisions. Both Loya’s mother and grandmother had Alzheimer Disease. That family history, coupled with his intense interest in dementia-related science, led him to make a generous gift of $1 million to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s M&M Fund.

As recognition of that gift, the Institute’s cafe was dedicated and named the Anita Loya Cafe April 28th in his mother’s honor.

Mike Loya and sister Irma Tuder, HudsonAlpha Board Member

“We’re all terrified that one of us, some of us, may get Alzheimer Disease. I’m the oldest, so I could be first in line,” he admitted.

Loya learned about HudsonAlpha’s M&M (Memory and Mobility) Fund, which supports unique research into the genomics of neurodegenerative disease. Scientists at HudsonAlpha are using genomic sequencing to determine the genetic causes of Alzheimer and similar diseases.

“My sister Irma Tuder is on the HudsonAlpha board of directors. When she told me about this research, I knew it was something I wanted to learn more about,” Loya said.

With Loya’s boost to the M&M Fund, which benefits HudsonAlpha’s scientific advancement fund, we are 75 percent of the way to our goal of $5.8 million for the current project campaign. Help us to reach our goal by visiting www.hudsonalpha.org/memory-and-mobility-fund.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Loya family,” said Rick Myers, PhD, president and science director of HudsonAlpha. Seeing his mother’s name above the cafe everyday is further reminder of the importance of this work, and the many generations impacted by Alzheimer Disease… and those generations for whom we hope to prevent Alzheimer and other neurodegenerative diseases.”

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