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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.

Letter from the Co-Founders, Fourth Quarter 2006

Hello Friends,

First, a hearty thank you to all of you who have supported us.  Your money has been put to good use.  The first operating year of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has been most gratifying for the founders, donors, researchers --- all of us committed to doing what we can to end the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease in our lifetime.

CURING ALZHEIMER'S GENE BY GENE IT'S MY FUTURE!

Phyllis Rappaport
Phyllis Rappaport,
Founding Board Member

A Founding Board member of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Phyllis chairs the board of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation, and is a director of New Boston Fund, Inc., a real estate investment company with $1.5 billion assets under management.  Her diverse management career includes senior positions at a Fortune 50 technology company, and she has an extensive background in public and non-profit service.  She serves on college, hospital, museum, and public policy boards in Boston and Cambridge.

Perspective: A Letter from Henry McCance

Photo of Henry McCance
Henry McCance, Founding Board Member

Henry McCance is a Founding Board member of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and Chairman of Greylock Partners, a leading venture capital firm with a distinguished and highly successful record of company building. His family situation brought him to this effort as his words describe here.

Venture! From the Chairman of the Board: Jeffrey Morby

To capitalize on this rare “science moment” as Rudy (Tanzi) calls it, we are committed to focused, disciplined funding of targeted research which we refer to as the Venture approach. All of our Founders have strong business backgrounds, and two of us are long-time venture capitalists. We have all made careers from betting on people who rose to excellence and on providing the best resources available to help them achieve their potential. That is the approach we are bringing to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Welcome from the Board

Jeffrey Morby
Jeffrey Morby, Chairman, Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Welcome to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund website. This is an auspicious time for accelerating Alzheimer's disease research. More of us unfortunately are touched by this disease as friends, relatives and associates are afflicted. Additionally, as the "boomers" enter the most dangerous Alzheimer's age range (60+), we threaten to swamp our already fragile healthcare system.

Join us for a presentation at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital

Please join us Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 for a presentation at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Genome Project: From Genes to Therapies by Dr. Rudy Tanzi.

Watch Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Web Presentation “Progress in the Search for an Alzheimer’s Cure”Watch Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Web Presentation “Progress in the Search for an Alzheimer’s Cure”

Recorded on Wednesday May 20th, 2009, this hour-long webinar features Dr. Rudy Tanzi presenting breakthrough work in Alzheimer’s research and progress on the path to a cure. Dr. Tanzi spends about 30 minutes reviewing Alzheimer’s disease and describing some of his recent work, including the Alzheimer’s Genome Project. His presentation is followed by an additional 30 minutes of questions from participants.

Want to Sail on an America's Cup Yacht?

America's Cup YachtHere is your chance.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is proud to be taking part in Massachusetts General Hospital’s America’s Cup Experience on June 24, 2008. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund co-Founder, Phyllis Rappaport, will be captaining one of the boats and would like to invite you to join her as a crew member! She will have the assistance of a professional crew so participants can do as little or as much as they want.

Hay Harbour Club Hosts Benefit Tennis Tournament

Thirty-four women helped raise funds for Cure Alzheimer’s in a round-robin tennis tournament at Fishers Island Hay Harbor Club on July 20, 2007.

Highlights of the creative tournament, organized by Diana Fiske, included unique purchase opportunities in the match. Competitors could buy an additional serve, pay for an opponent to get only one serve, and all players had to pay up every time they said the word “Sorry.”

Many thanks to all the participants and a special thank you to Diana Fiske for her work and dedication.

Trick or Treating for Alzheimer's Research

Students at the College of New Jersey got more than candy for Halloween. Dressed in their costumes, the Psychology club raised over $1500 for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to support breakthrough research to find a cure.

Sweta Shah, a psychology major from Toms River, NJ explained; “The Psych club decided to support Alzheimer's research as a community service type activity, which we have never done before. I suggested Alzheimer's because it is linked to neuroscience and psychology and also because my grandmother passed away less than a year ago after a two year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. My grandmother moved to America in order to help my parents raise me, so she was a really big part of my life and when she got sick I realized just how important she was to me. So, instead of focusing on how much I'm going to miss her, I decided that I wanted to somehow make a difference for others who have Alzheimer's.”

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is grateful for this creative initiative. Special thanks to Sweta Shah and Elizabeth Beck and the entire club for their work. If you’re interested in hosting a fundraiser for Cure Alzheimer's Fund, please let us know and we’ll provide all the support we can. These efforts are very much appreciated!