ALS Association’s Project Revoice

 

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Project Revoice
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In 1987, David Bohn began his career as a marketing coordinator with Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation in Redding, CT. Just eight years later, he became the company’s president, a role in which he now oversees corporate profitability and directs new product development. Outside of his work at the Redding company, David Bohn contributes to several charitable organizations, including the ALS Association, which operates numerous initiatives to support individuals with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). One of these initiatives is Project Revoice.

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that afflicts nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, often causing people to lose their ability to speak. To ensure that no one with ALS loses their voice, the ALS Association created Project Revoice. The initiative aims to use voice technology that synthesizes an individual’s unique voice to create a digital voice clone for use with augmented/alternative communication (AAC) devices.

Project Revoice will soon roll out its voice bank, which a person can use to record their voice. Once Project Rejoice launches the complete voice-cloning app, individuals will be able to use their voice recordings to develop their own unique “Revoice.”

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The Children’s Educational Opportunity Fund of Connecticut

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Since 1995, David Bohn of Redding, CT, has served as president of Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation. Outside of this role, David Bohn contributes to numerous charitable organizations, including the Children’s Educational Opportunity (CEO) Fund of Connecticut.

Founded in 1995, CEO seeks to give students with limited resources the opportunity to attend private elementary schools. Each year, the organization distributes $800,000 in scholarships to 400 students. Since its inception, CEO has offered more than 8,400 scholarships worth more than $17 million.

The scholarships provided by CEO have the potential to make a long-term impact, as students in private school perform higher on standardized tests and are more likely to finish high school, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s report titled Private Schools: A Brief Portrait. Further, private school students from low-income households are nearly four times more likely to attend college than their peers in public schools. CEO hopes to give these students an equal opportunity to excel academically and graduate from college.

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

 

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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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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.