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Find updates on the work of our researchers here, as well as news about recent advances in Alzheimer's science, funding and awareness.

Gene Mutation Found that Protects Against Alzheimer’s, with Drug Discovery Implications


Genes are the specific DNA blueprints for life, and all genes play roles that are essential for health. But some can carry DNA variants that influence risk for disease, either by increasing or decreasing susceptibility. If a variation in a gene is very rare, it’s called a mutation. The mutation may cause disease, increase risk for a disease, protect against a disease, or have no impact on health at all.

New York Times Magazine focuses on Alzheimer’s Genetics

The New York Times Magazine appearing on Sunday, June 10, 2012, and available now online, carries a powerful narrative of a family’s journey through the tragedy of early-onset Alzheimer’s. It is a great contribution to Alzheimer’s awareness and the need for more research to end this disease, and a reinforcement of the priorities that the director of the National Institutes of Health has put on genetic research into the origins of Alzheimer’s.

Looking at Alzheimer's Through a Different Lens

Dr. Cathy Greenblat hasn’t always been a photographer, but she has always followed her heart. Before taking early retirement from Rutgers University, where she was a sociology professor for 35 years, she took a sabbatical in the spring of 2001 and made a decision that ultimately would change her life.

Untangling Tau: Seeking a Unified Understanding of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s research for many years has been dominated by a focus on Abeta “plaques,” a focus that largely has overlooked the other infamous hallmark of the disease—the tau-based neurofibrillary “tangles.” The research world recently has broadened its scope to include significant research into tau.

Climber Reaches the Halfway Point for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

Bobby Zerwick left his comfortable home in Pennsylvania last March 10 with two goals: To hike the entire Appalachian Trail this summer and to raise much-needed research funds to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The hike started at Springer Mountain in Georgia, and Bobby will hike north for a total of about five months. His journey will be completed this late summer or early fall when he reaches Mount Katahdin in Maine, having traveled more than 2,175 miles.

Rotary Club's Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on May 9, 2012

THE COMING ALZHEIMER’S TSUNAMI: Society’s Next Big Challenge


Given the worldwide concern about Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Kalyan Banerjee, president of Rotary International, invited Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to present at the Rotary Club’s Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 9, 2012.

Chronic Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered by Veterans Similar to Those Experienced by Athletes

A new study, led by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund grant recipient Lee E. Goldstein, MD, Ph.D., of Boston University School of Medicine and co-authored by multiple researchers, including Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium chairman Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., and Cure Alzheimer's Fund grant recipient Rob Moir, Ph.D., has found that war veterans who experience brain injuries from blast explosions are at risk for later developing neurological disease. This research was covered in multiple news outlets, including The New York Times.

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Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Applauds the Obama Administration’s NAPA Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) Mirrors Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Approach

Washington, D.C.—Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced today key implementation steps of the Obama administration’s National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), including the investment of $100 million toward combating Alzheimer’s disease and the ambitious goal of having effective treatments and preventative approaches for the disease by 2025.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund's International Video

Alzheimer's is not just an issue in the United States: It has the potential to cause catastrophe throughout the world. This video explains the devastating nature of the Alzheimer's epidemic and what Cure Alzheimer's Fund scientists are doing to help combat the disease.

This video premiered at the Rotary Club's Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on May 9, 2012.  Read article here.

 

Big Step Toward Understanding Origins of Alzheimer’s Taken by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Researchers

Charles Glabe of the University of California, Irvine and our Research Consortium and George Bloom of the University of Virginia have added significantly to the growing evidence of the link between the proteins Abeta and tau in initiating Alzheimer’s disease. In a collaboration supported by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, the two researchers and their colleagues identify a little-studied form of Abeta as a possible key to the ultimate destruction of nerve cells in the brain.