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Big Step Toward Understanding Origins of Alzheimer’s Taken by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Researchers

Posted: May 4, 2012

Charles Glabe of the University of California, Irvine and our Research Consortium and George Bloom of the University of Virginia have added significantly to the growing evidence of the link between the proteins Abeta and tau in initiating Alzheimer’s disease. In a collaboration supported by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, the two researchers and their colleagues identify a little-studied form of Abeta as a possible key to the ultimate destruction of nerve cells in the brain.

Alzheimer’s Talks–A Conversation About the Role of Genetics in Alzheimer’s with Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

Posted: May 2, 2012

On April 16, Dr. Rudy Tanzi discussed what we know about the role of genetics and environment in Alzheimer's and took questions from those on the call. We will not be able to find a cure for Alzheimer's until we understand what causes this horrible disease.  

If you'd like to hear the audio of our conversation with USAgainst Alzheimer's about the role of genetics and environmental causes of Alzheimer's disease, click here for a recording of this recent discussion.

Coconut Oil: A Scientific Perspective

Posted: Apr. 24, 2012

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received many questions about the value of coconut oil in combatting Alzheimer’s. We’ve asked Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., to respond to these inquiries generically, knowing that a) there is currently no peer-reviewed clinical research available regarding efficacy of coconut oil in treating or preventing Alzheimer’s, and b) every personal situation and experience is unique. Rudy has agreed to provide his perspective on this, given those two giant caveats.

Philadelphia-Area Donors and Friends Meet

Posted: Apr. 24, 2012

A group of 58 donors and guests met recently outside Philadelphia, to listen to updates on current Alzheimer’s research. David Shenk, author of The Forgetting, and Dr. Virginia Lee of The University of Pennsylvania spoke about current investigative trends. Local host and IT consultant Cathy Ingham welcomed the group by explaining her reason for becoming involved with Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Cathy lost her father to the disease just weeks before. “What happened to my dad should not happen to anyone.

Research Consortium Member David Holtzman’s Latest Paper Published in Journal of Neuroscience

Posted: Apr. 20, 2012

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium member David Holtzman’s latest paper has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, addressing how Alzheimer’s plaques affect brain networks.
 

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and Rudy Tanzi featured on Florida WINK News

Posted: Apr. 10, 2012

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund received spotlight attention in Naples, Fla., thanks to Dr. Rudy Tanzi, one of the nation’s top Alzheimer’s researchers and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Research Consortium chairman. Tanzi spoke with WINK News to address the progress he’s made in his Alzheimer’s Genome Project™, a project that Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has strongly supported since 2005.

Rudy Tanzi Joins Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, Eric Lander of the Broad Institute and Others to Explore Genetic Testing on NOVA

Posted: Apr. 4, 2012

Last week, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium chairman Rudy Tanzi was featured on NOVA in a segment concerning genetic testing. The special followed several cases of people affected by genetic testing, showing both its benefits and challenges. NOVA only briefly touched on Alzheimer’s disease, but provided a comprehensive explanation of how genetic testing works and how it can be used to better develop medical research, disease treatments and illness prevention.

The Case for Cure Alzheimer's Fund: Through the Eyes of a Seasoned Fundraiser Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Posted: Mar. 6, 2012

As a nationally recognized expert in planned giving and family philanthropy, Charles Collier has worked with hundreds of individuals and families to help them shape their philanthropy, make tax-wise gift decisions and deal with family issues surrounding financial wealth. Formerly the senior philanthropic adviser at Harvard University for 25 years, Collier also has held development positions at Princeton, Brown, Andover and Dartmouth.

Alzheimer's and Diabetes: Finding the Common Origin

Posted: Mar. 6, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease and Type II diabetes long have been observed to have a clinical connection, with patients with diabetes more than twice as likely as those without the disease to develop Alzheimer’s. But the precise nature of this connection has been a mystery until recently. Over the last few years, research projects funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and others have helped bring us much closer to an understanding of the molecular connection—and, potentially, to effective treatments for both diseases.

Advocates Win 'Exceptional' Boost for Alzheimer's Research

Posted: Feb. 28, 2012

Researcher Rudolph Tanzi is quoted extensively in Science Magazine's recent article concerning the Obama administration's decision to increase funding for Alzheimer's disease research. The decision, announced last week, includes an increase of $80 million for research, as well as the reprogramming of $50 million from the National Institutes of Health's annual budget. As Tanzi stated, "it's persistence" from the lobbyists that finally has made this disease a national priority.