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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. Thomas Südhof Wins Lasker Award

Cure Alzheimer's Fund congratulates Dr. Thomas Südhof, M.D., a member of our Research Consortium, on winning the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. The Lasker Award, one of the most respected prizes in medicine, recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the elimination of some cause of disability or death.

Cholesterol and Alzheimer's: A Big Step Forward

For several years now, researchers have been aware of important links between cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease. A new study by Dr. Dora Kovacs and her team at Massachusetts General Hospital brings us one step closer to a potential drug that could interrupt the disease process.

Jeff Morby, Chairman and Co-Founder, Wins Rotary Club Award

On May 18 Jeff Morby, chairman and co-founder of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, was honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Award from Rotary District 7950. Paul Harris founded the Rotary Club more than a century ago and the award was created to recognize those who have made great contributions to society under the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”

Public/Private Effort Yields Key Progress

An innovative new public/private collaboration between Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) already has started to bear fruit.

Abide Therapeutics and UC San Diego Awarded Grant to Validate Therapeutic Target

SAN DIEGO, July 16, 2013 – Confirming an enzyme in the serine hyrdrolase family as a therapeutic target to slow and potentially reverse the effects of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease is the goal of new research announced today by Abide Therapeutics, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and funded by a grant from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. 

Alzheimer's Proteins Found In Cerebrospinal Fluid of Older Patients Post Surgery

BOSTON – New research examining levels of the hallmark proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease found in patients suffering from post-operative cognitive changes (POCC) may lead to safer surgery care and better post-operative outcomes for senior adults.

Newly Identified Gene Variations Provide Clues About Origins of Alzheimer’s

Research uncovering 12 new gene variations connected to the cause of the early-onset familial form of Alzheimer’s disease (EO-FAD), which generally strikes before the age of 65, is being published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home

In his heyday, Professor Charles K. Kao was a pioneer in the field of fiber optics. In 2009 he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, at age 79, Kao no longer is able to read or speak, because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

As hard as life is for Gwen Kao, his wife for more than 50 years and primary caregiver, she created The Charles K. Kao Foundation in his honor to raise awareness for the disease and educate the public about what can be done.

Early Symptoms

Targretin Fails: High Hopes Dashed for a New Treatment for Alzheimer’s

While many were anxious to accept initial findings showing a drug known as Targretin’s “too good to be true” lab results with Alzheimer’s disease, subsequent attempts to confirm and replicate the original data regarding the ability of Targretin to remove amyloid plaques, the cardinal lesion of the disease, have largely failed. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium members Dr. Sangram Sisodia, professor of neuroscience at the University of Chicago and Dr.

Public/Private Funding of Research on Alzheimer's Disease Guides Drug Discovery

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and National Institute of Mental Health Join in Awarding Millions for Whole Genome Sequencing