Press Release

BrightFocus Foundation Adds to Scientific Team

Neuroscientist Joins Efforts to End Diseases of Mind and Sight

Clarksburg MD - BrightFocus Foundation, a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, today announced the addition of Sharyn Rossi, PhD, to its senior staff as the organization’s new Director of Scientific Programs, Neuroscience.

Sharyn Rossi, PhD
Dr. Rossi comes to BrightFocus from the National Institutes of Health, where she played an integral role on National Institute on Aging projects related to the impact of aging on the brain. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Irvine and completed postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University.

“I believe that BrightFocus can change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s by funding innovative science and increasing public education on the disease. I am honored to be part of such an incredible team,” Dr. Rossi said.

“Dr. Rossi will bring great experience and perspectives to BrightFocus’ bold, innovative approach to research – supporting promising and exciting ideas, spanning scientific disciplines and international borders,” said Diane Bovenkamp, PhD, BrightFocus Vice President of Scientific Affairs, “Our global network of scientists will benefit from her leadership and support.”

The foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research program, which Dr. Rossi will manage, is currently supporting 133 grants around the world, a $35 million investment. Since its inception, the program has funded nearly 750 scientific projects on Alzheimer’s and related dementias. For more information, visit

This content was first posted on: October 21, 2020

Contact Information

Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs
BrightFocus Foundation
Phone: (301) 556-9370;

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