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

GQ Magazine to feature Cure Alzheimer's Fund's Tanzi and Gandy as "Rock Stars of Science"

Photo credit: Ben Watts

Nationally recognized Cure Alzheimer’s Fund researchers Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Dr. Sam Gandy add another distinction to their scientific careers as they join rock celebrities Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, hip hop artist and X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star Will-i-am, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry; and Seal for a designer menswear photo shoot as a “Rock Star of Science” in the June issue of GQ Magazine, available nationally on May 25, 2009.

The Boston Globe wrote an editorial in support of the Geoffrey Beene/GQ "Rock Stars of Science" campaign.  Click here to read the editorial

Download the Full GQ Photo Feature>

Click here to see the profile on Dr. Tanzi on the "Rock Stars of Science" web site

Click here to see the profile on Dr. Gandy on the "Rock Stars of Science" web site

Q&A with President Tim Armour on Cure Alzheimer's Financial Position

The news media has been reporting dramatic drops in endowments and in funding for non-profits. How is Cure Alzheimer’s Fund doing?

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has no endowment and we keep what funds are left after distribution to research and expenses in money market funds so we can have ready access to money to fund research. Therefore, we are not as exposed to quick changes in the market as many other non-profits are. We have not experienced the losses that so many non-profits are facing right now.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund's Tanzi & Gandy featured on "On Call + Alzheimer's" has launched an online Alzheimer's disease resource featuring informative tips and facts to help people better understand this devastating disease. The site features videos of Alzheimer's experts and researchers answering questions about risk factors, research, latest treatments and other issues impacting people living with the disease and the people who care for them.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund's Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Dr. Sam Gandy are two of the experts highlighted on the web site. Videos of Tanzi and Gandy answering a series of questions about the disease can be found on the site under "Alzheimer's Questions" in the "Risk Factor & Prevention" and "Diagnosing Alzheimer's" areas.

Click here to see Dr. Tanzi answer "Are the genes for Alzheimer's known?

Click here to see Dr. Gandy answer "What is Alzheimer's Disease?"
Click here to visit the ABCNewsonline On + Alzheimer's web site

Helmsley Trust Awards $300,000 Grant to Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced today it has awarded a $300,000 grant to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Three Winners of New Award for Younger Researchers Announced by Coalition of Alzheimer Organizations

Annual Awards Support “Tomorrow’s Leaders in Alzheimer’s Disease Research;”

Honor Legacies of Drs. George Glenner and Leon Thal

April 9, 2008 – A coalition of leading Alzheimer’s disease organizations today announced the first three recipients of “Tomorrow’s Leaders in Alzheimer’s Disease Research” prizes; a new award mechanism to recognize outstanding young scientists in Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

Amyloid beta protein may be a defense against Microbes!

Moir Photo
Dr. Rob Moir

Researcher Dr. Rob Moir, a member of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Oligomer Collaborative, and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, presented research supported by Cure Alzheimer's Fund in March to the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease/Parkinson's Disease that points to evidence that the Abeta peptide, acknowledged to be implicated in the cause of AD, may in fact be a "part of our evolutionary ancient innate immune system." The work is a collaboration between Dr. Moir, Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Chair of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium, and infectious disease expert, Dr. James Kirby (Harvard Medical School).

Read the entire article by AlzForum's Gabrielle Strobel >

Glabe Paper Helps Confirm Prana Drug Strategy

A paper released on April 1, 2009, in the Journal of Neuroscience corroborates Prana’s strategy to treat Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Says Dr. Charles Glabe, an author of the paper and member of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium, “these results are very exciting news for understanding the mechanism of Alzheimer’s pathogenesis. They help elucidate the fundamental role of metal ions like zinc in causing the formation of Abeta oligomers which damage synapses.”

While this paper did not have Cure Alzheimer’s Fund support, nor has Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supported the work of  Prana, an Australian biotech company, the concepts involved have been central to investigations by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Oligomer Collaborative, of which Dr. Glabe has been a part. (See the Oligomer Collaborative on our website. ) Please note that Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium, is a founder of  Prana and endorses its pursuit of therapeutic interventions through anti-Abeta oligomer drugs such as Prana’s PBT2.

Independent Study Corroborates Prana's Strategy to Treat Alzheimer's Disease Patients>

Nightline Features Alzheimer's Story and Appearance by Cure Alzheimer's Researcher, Sam Gandy

Terry Moran, ABC news correspondent, shares his personal story of facing Alzheimer’s and getting his DNA tested for the disease. This segment also features Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium member Dr. Sam Gandy participating in an upcoming GQ article spotlighting “rock-star” Alzheimer’s scientists photographed with real rock stars including Sheryl Crow, Will I Am and members of Aerosmith. Look for the issue of GQ on newsstands May 15th.

Terry Moran's Moment of Truth on Nightline>

Cure Alzheimer's Fund Statement on Alzheimer's Study Group's Strategic Plan

The Alzheimer's Study Group Strategic Plan provides a solid framework for a strategic national plan to combat the growing crisis of Alzheimer’s disease. It is clear that all involved in this report worked hard to develop a comprehensive strategy for the treatment and care of the more than 5.2 million Americans already battling Alzheimer’s and the 10 million caregivers across the country grappling with the challenges of caring for a loved one with the disease.

The Alzheimer's Study Group Strategic Plan>

Cure Alzheimer's Applauds Alzheimer's Study Group But Calls for More Research

The Alzheimer's Study Group was established on July 11, 2007 under the auspices of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease with the charge of creating a National Alzheimer's Strategic Plan to overcome America’s mounting Alzheimer's crisis.

The National Alzheimer's Strategic Plan was released at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

The Alzheimer’s Study Group Strategic Plan>

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund recognizes the significant work of the Alzheimer’s Study Group and appreciates the solid framework they developed for a strategic national plan. However, we also believe we must be more aggressive and ambitious in defining a research agenda and timelines for development of effective therapies in our battle against this devastating disease. The last two decades have shown that understanding the causes and genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s is absolutely critical to determining the disease models on which effective treatments and a potential cure should be based.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Statement on the Alzheimer’s Study Group’s Strategic Plan>