Dr. Balin has received numerous National Institutes of Health and private foundation
grant awards for his research. His research interests include:
- Infection with chlamydia pneumoniae as a trigger in the neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration
in Alzheimer's Disease;
- Effects of infection and inflammation on the blood brain barrier in cerebrovascular
- Modification of neuronal cytoskeletal proteins through phosphorylation and the action
of transglutaminase; and
- Pathogenesis of chronic disease associated with the aging process.
NIH/NIA - R29-AG10160 ; - PI; "The neuronal cytoskeleton in aging and Alzheimer's
AHERF Neurosciences Grant (G9410-020-Y01) - Co-PI; "Differential expression and sorting
of the neuron-specific class III b-tubulin isotype in human neuronal and neuroendocrine
tumor cell lines maintained in an organ culture system". (2/1/95-1/31/96).
NIH/NIAID - R01- AI44055-01A1 - coPI; “Chlamydia pneumoniae: a pathogen in Alzheimer’s
Disease?” (06/01/99 - 05/31/04).
NIH/ R15-co investigator- "Immunosenescence and Chlamydia Pneumoniae " (05/01/00-6/30/02)
Adolf and Rose Levis Foundation - PI -“The role of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the pathogenesis
of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease”. (1/01/2003- present)
IIRG – Alzheimer’s Association – PI: “Chlamydia pneumoniae infection of mice triggers
Alzheimer-like pathology” (09/1/04 – 08/31/07).
Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowment – PI (Director, CCDA ) – “Endowment for
the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging”. (12/8/06 - present).
The IHVR (Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research) through a DCED (Department of
Community and Economic Development) Innovation Grant from the State of Pennsylvania
called “Talent Scout for Technology” – PI: “The case for an infectious etiology of
late onset Alzheimer’s disease “ (01/01/11 – 12/31/11).