An introduction to the problem of Alzheimer's and Cure Alzheimer's Fund's approach to solving it.
This video was originally shown at our 2013 Fall Symposium.
At its core, Alzheimer’s is a disease that disrupts communications between neurons (nerve cells) in the brain, and ultimately kills those neurons. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has committed to understanding this destructive process as a necessary component to stopping the disease. To that end, it has recruited four of the world’s top experts in the field: University of California, San Diego’s Roberto Malinow, Stanford’s Robert Malenka and Thomas Südhof, and Rick Huganir at Johns Hopkins.
We collected your questions about Alzheimer's from our fall symposium and social media and presented them to Dr. Rudy Tanzi, chairman of our Research Consortium. Watch the videos below!
Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., answers your questions about the relationship between Alzheimer's and other diseases, such as sleep apnea, MS and Parkinson's.
Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., answers your questions on Alzheimer's genes, covering risk, family history and genetic testing.
Greg O’Brien is a reporter from Brewster, Mass. He is the former editor and publisher of the Cape Codder and an award-winning writer. O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2010. The following is an excerpt from a speech he gave on March 13, 2014.
Lisa Genova is the author of Still Alice, a fictional book about a professor dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Here, she discusses the book and its upcoming film adaptation starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin.
Bruce Yankner, M.D., Ph.D., led a recent study (not funded by Cure Alzheimer's Fund) on a protein called REST. His results suggest that this protein may protect neurons from damage such as oxidative stress and inflammation. The study also gives us clues as to why plaques and tangles, two well-known features of Alzheimer's pathology, may not always cause cognitive decline.
Reporter Greg O'Brien is determined to document his struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's. This film is directed by Steve James and was created as part of David Shenk's "Living With Alzheimer's" series.
A new study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology reports that Alzheimer's may actually be the third leading cause of death - right behind heart disease and cancer.
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