Timeline of CART

Timeline of Cart


October 1995: The Sumter, SC, Rotary Club proved that CART works by conducting an eight month testing program which was highly successful.


July 1996: District 7770 in South Carolina adopted CART as a district-wide project.


January 1999: The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) very agreed to provide their expertise to CART in assisting with the grant process. Their valued assistance has continued with all grants primarily by recruiting some of the nation’s top scientists in Alzheimer’s Disease to serve as a peer advisory group to review all grant applications.


April 1999: CART’s first grant of $100,000 was made to Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center under the leadership of Allan I. Levey, M.D. Ph.D. and Jim Lau.


January 1999 – June 2000: The remaining 10 Rotary districts of the Carolinas and Georgia adopted CART as a project.


November 2000: The first Board of Directors meeting was held, bylaws were adopted and PDG Bill Clark of D-7750 was elected President of the Board. The districts supporting CART combined their funds by depositing to one bank account.


May 2001: A $250,000 grant was made to CASE Western Reserve University’s Karl Herrup, Ph.D. and Gary Landreth of the Alzheimer’s Research Department.


April 2002: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Philip C. Wong, Ph.D. and Donald Price received CART’s third grant of $250,000.


April 2003: CART’s fourth grant in the amount of $250,000 was awarded to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and John Q. Trojanowski, M.D. Ph.D.


July 2003: CART Treasurer Roger Ackerman announced that the Fund had exceeded $1 million in receipts.


May 2004: The University of Connecticut Health Center’s Robert Reenan, Ph.D, was announced as the recipient of CART’s fifth grant in the amount of $250,000.


May 2005: The sixth grant of the CART Fund was presented to Dr. Gary Small and his research team from University of California at Los Angles. The grant was in the amount of $250,000.


May 2006: Claudio Soto, Ph.D of the University of Texas – Medical Branch was awarded the seventh grant of the CART Fund.


May 2007: Todd E. Golde, M.D., Ph.D, and the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL was awarded the eighth grant of $250,000.


May 2008: CART awarded TWO grants for the first time, one to The Cleveland Clinic and Sanjay W. Pimplikar, Ph.D. and to The University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center and J. David Sweatt, Ph.D.


May 2009: The University of Kentucky’s Harry LeVine.III, Ph.D and Dr. Malcom LeissringS, Ph.D, of the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, FL were awarded grants.


July 2009: Roger W. Ackerman, Treasurer of the CART Fund, Inc. announced that total contributions have exceeded $3,000,000 since 1996.


May 2010: Wonderfully, The CART Fund giving was above normal. This turned out to be a very good timing of events. Our Scientific Research Panel identified three outstanding potential projects and researchers to fund. They recommended that we consider a new approach to our funding. They termed it a “Pilot Grant”. The Board agreed, we elected to make it a one year award. It went to Dr. Kurt Brunden of the University of Pennsylvania.


January 5, 2011: Our original eleven Rotary Districts now has a newRotary District CART Partner. The wonderful Rotary District 6780 (eastern Tennessee) came on board. They bring 3,300 Rotarian potential contributors in 66 Rotary Clubs. Welcome our 12th Rotary District on board.


April 13th and July 1st 2012: We are now 13 Rotary Districts strong. Gov Woody Sadler invited The CART Executive Director to present at his PETS for Rotary District 7570. The entire District’s incoming presidents must approve any new district wide project. They did so. Therefore on July 1st 2012, RI District 7570 became our 13th Rotary District supporting CART. They bring 3,655 Rotarians in 79 Rotary Clubs in support of our wonderful project.