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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.

Dr. Tanzi, George Vradenburg Author Letter in L.A. Times

Dr. Rudy Tanzi and co-founder of USAgainstAlzheimer's George Vradenburg recently wrote a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times rebuking the editorial "Is Alzheimer's Inevitable?" published Nov. 21. They write:

Alan Arnette, Tim Armour Meet in Washington, D.C.

After finishing his climbs for 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything campaign, Alan Arnette has been in Washington, D.C. this week speaking about his summits and his campaign to raise $1 million for the Alzheimer's community. Arnette spoke at the National Press Club where he met Tim Armour, President and CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

The Huffington Post Features Two-Part Series by Dr. Rudy Tanzi

In a two-part series, CAF Research Consortium member Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Dr. Deepak Chopra address today's most critical questions about Alzheimer's by explaining what it is and where as a nation we are in our search for a cure.

The article posted today gives an overview of the main symptoms and biological processes associated with Alzheimer's in a readable, easy-to-understand fashion. Here's an except from the article:

LEAD Releases Recommendations to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council

Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), an open coalition of Alzheimer’s research, care and advocacy communities in which Cure Alzheimer's Fund is an active member, meets regularly to review progress toward a more rational and effective approach to eradicating Alzheimer's.
 

Alan Arnette Summits Mt. Kosciuszko, Finishes 7 Summits Campaign

On Oct. 26, Alan Arnette summitted Mt. Kosciuszko to complete his 7 Summits for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything campaign. Arnette embarked on the climbs last November to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's research, and said:

“While these climbs may be over, my climbing is not…I hope to share my experiences of climbing and Alzheimer’s as much as possible and continue sending our message of hope, need and urgency…So this is a milestone, not the start or the end.” Alan’s dispatch also includes a number of thank you’s to people who have supported him this past year.

Rudy Tanzi Interviewed on New Technology for Alzheimer's

TheVisualMD has announced a new health initiative on Alzheimer's disease, a project that is anchored by the creation of a digital e-booklet that helps non-researchers better understand Alzheimer's. Dr. Rudy Tanzi, chairman of Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium, was interviewed about the new initiative:
 
"There is a great degree of confusion in the general public about the causes of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and age-related memory problems. This comprehensive educational initiative will go a long way to demystify these issues."
 

Wellesley Hairdresser Raising Awareness, Money for Alzheimer’s Research

Boston October Symposium To Educate Public on Alzheimer’s Disease

Wellesley, Mass.--Local hairdresser and salon owner Barbara Canty knows the toll that Alzheimer’s Disease can take on a family. Five years ago, Canty’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and her experience caring for him has made her realize the importance of searching for a cure.

Steve Wagner Receives NIH ‘Blueprint’ Grant

The CAF approach is working.

UC San Diego neuroscientist Steve Wagner, a previous recipient of two substantial grants from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), has been awarded a $1 million NIH “Blueprint” grant for the fast-track development of a promising Alzheimer’s drug therapy.

“This is further validation of our venture model,” says CAF President and CEO Tim Armour. “We’ve always been willing to take considerable risk for the prospect of faster progress. Steve’s project is a sterling example of why our founders adopted this strategy. Thanks in part to CAF’s support for Wagner’s research, the world is now much closer to a promising new class of Alzheimer’s drugs.”

Two Journeys Converge on the Road to a Cure

While many of us enjoyed the barbecues and beach festivities typical of summer, Glenn Caffery and Alan Arnette were doing something atypical. Instead of lounging by the pool, Caffery ran 3,312 miles across the northern United States—from Oregon to Rhode Island—with just a jogging stroller for his supplies, and Alan Arnette climbed two of the highest peaks in the world—Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska and Mount Elbrus in Russia.

David Shenk Joins CAF Team

Award-winning author and popular speaker David Shenk, whose book The Forgetting is widely considered one of the best ever written about Alzheimer’s, has joined Cure Alzheimer’s Fund as a senior adviser. Shenk will be deeply involved with writing, events and fundraising on a project basis at CAF.