Cure Alzheimer’s Fund received spotlight attention in Naples, Fla., thanks to Dr. Rudy Tanzi, one of the nation’s top Alzheimer’s researchers and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Research Consortium chairman. Tanzi spoke with WINK News to address the progress he’s made in his Alzheimer’s Genome Project™, a project that Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has strongly supported since 2005.
Last week, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium chairman Rudy Tanzi was featured on NOVA in a segment concerning genetic testing. The special followed several cases of people affected by genetic testing, showing both its benefits and challenges. NOVA only briefly touched on Alzheimer’s disease, but provided a comprehensive explanation of how genetic testing works and how it can be used to better develop medical research, disease treatments and illness prevention.
As a nationally recognized expert in planned giving and family philanthropy, Charles Collier has worked with hundreds of individuals and families to help them shape their philanthropy, make tax-wise gift decisions and deal with family issues surrounding financial wealth. Formerly the senior philanthropic adviser at Harvard University for 25 years, Collier also has held development positions at Princeton, Brown, Andover and Dartmouth.
Alzheimer’s disease and Type II diabetes long have been observed to have a clinical connection, with patients with diabetes more than twice as likely as those without the disease to develop Alzheimer’s. But the precise nature of this connection has been a mystery until recently. Over the last few years, research projects funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and others have helped bring us much closer to an understanding of the molecular connection—and, potentially, to effective treatments for both diseases.
Researcher Rudolph Tanzi is quoted extensively in Science Magazine's recent article concerning the Obama administration's decision to increase funding for Alzheimer's disease research. The decision, announced last week, includes an increase of $80 million for research, as well as the reprogramming of $50 million from the National Institutes of Health's annual budget. As Tanzi stated, "it's persistence" from the lobbyists that finally has made this disease a national priority.
On Feb. 22, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the first “Draft National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease." The plan is mandated by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), bipartisan legislation signed into law in January 2011 by President Obama. NAPA’s goals are to:
Create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease which will:
Dr. Gary Landreth and colleagues at Case Western Reserve published a paper online in Science Express yesterday that received much attention because of the rather stunning results it reports in stopping and even reversing “a broad range of Abeta-induced deficits."
Exercise and stimulation of the brain may help ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to Dr. Tanzi and Dr. Gandy, both Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium members who were recently quoted in an article in the AARP Bulletin.