ALS Association to Help Fund Study of New Anti-Inflammation Drug


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ALS Association

For more than two decades, David Bohn has served as the president of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation in Redding, CT. Outside of his professional life, David Bohn is a longtime supporter of community organizations in Redding, CT, and medical charities, such as the ALS Association.

The ALS Association, which combats amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALF), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, recently announced a joint funding venture with ALS Finding a Cure and the Northeast ALS Consortium, which will provide $1 million in grant funding for testing of a new anti-inflammatory drug, RNS60. It is hoped this drug will curb inflammation, which can quicken the spread of ALS.

ALS is not an inflammatory disease by nature, but research indicates that inflammation in the central nervous system can speed up the progress of the disease after onset. Consequently, researchers have begun investigating ways to decrease inflammation levels in order to slow the progress of the disease. Preliminary data indicates that RNS60 has the potential to accomplish this.

The trial will involve 142 participants with ALS, will last 24 weeks, and will consist of two study groups. One group will take RNS60 and another will take a placebo. Researchers will monitor inflammation levels in each group to see if the study drug reduces them, and also what effects lowered inflammation levels have on the disease’s progress.

Neurologists Ettore Beghi, MD, in Milan, Italy; Letizia Mazzini, MD, in Novara, Italy; and Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD, in Boston, Massachusetts, will serve as the clinical trial’s principal investigators.

Boy Scouts of America Expands Career Mentorship Program

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Boy Scouts of America

Since 1995, Redding, CT manufacturing professional David Bohn has served as president of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation, an engineering based company facilitating instrumentation and systems design for the industrial, nuclear power, institutional, and commercial sectors. Outside of his professional activities, David Bohn supports a variety of charities both nationally and locally near Redding, CT, including the Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Yankee Council.

The United States is currently experiencing persistent increases in the cost of higher education, while the workforce suffers from a limited pool of qualified applicants. However, a recent partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is poised to expand the pool of qualified candidates while providing a valuable resource for young men seeking potential career paths. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently became a partner of the Boy Scouts of America Exploring program, which connects youth with enriching mentorship opportunities throughout their communities. Going forward, local chapters of the U.S. chamber will support the Exploring initiative by facilitating mentorship programs in conjunction with their associated businesses.

By adding its support to the Exploring program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is helping young adults across America discover exciting new career possibilities and develop their self-confidence. Exploring is undoubtedly a valuable opportunity for its participants, as pre-career training represents an increased value in today’s competitive workforce. In one survey, 70 percent of companies agreed that youth alumni of mentorship programs were likely to be accepted into their firms’ college internship programs.

New Pond Farm Hosts Annual Golf Outing in Redding, CT

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New Pond Farm

For more than two decades, David Bohn has worked as president of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation in Redding, CT. A philanthropic individual, David Bohn supports New Pond Farm, located on 102 acres in West Redding, CT, and its charity golf tournament.

Recently celebrating its 30th year, New Pond Farm consists of an environmental education center and a small working farm. Home once to founder and actress Carmen Mathews, the farm highlights a variety of habitats, including wetlands, pastures, and woodlands. During the summer, New Pond Farm offers a personal camp for urban-area kids to make friends and learn about life on a farm without any modern electronics. To help raise money to offer these camps, the nonprofit farm seeks donations and support from the public.

On September 20, 2016, New Pond Farm hosted its 13th annual golf outing. Since it began, this fundraising event has raised more than $260,000 to help it continue to offer its programs for children and adults. These programs connect people to the land so they can understand and appreciate its value.

New Pond Farm – A Popular Outdoor Learning Center

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New Pond Farm

A longtime employee of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation, Redding, CT, resident David Bohn has served as the company’s president for over two decades. Outside of his activities as a business executive, David Bohn supports several organizations in Redding, CT, including New Pond Farm.

An outdoor learning center and model for responsible land use, the 102-acre New Pond Farm offers a variety of education programs throughout the year. From September to June, the farm hosts more than 5,000 local students who come to the property for school field trips.

Based on Science Framework Content Standards, New Pond Farm’s school field trip programs educate students about the local environment and demonstrate how a working farm operates. The programs are hands-on and feature age-appropriate activities for students four years old and up.

Currently, New Pond Farm offers six separate programs on maple sugaring, honeybees, Eastern Woodland Indians, and other topics. Additional information about the farm’s field trip programs and other educational offerings can be found at