Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., chair of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund Research Consortium, was named one of TIME Magazine's '100 Most Influential People of 2015' in a list published earlier this week.
Tanzi has long been known for his pioneering work in Alzheimer's disease research, especially Alzheimer's genetics. He made an especially important contribution to the field in 2014 with his lab's "Alzheimer's in a Dish" breakthrough, a tool that will be used to enhance our understanding of the disease and accelerate drug discovery.
In an interview with the Boston Business Journal, Tanzi said he hoped this recognition would further the cause of funding for Alzheimer's research. "To me," he told the Journal, "this type of recognition can go a long way to show other potential philanthropists and donors out there that what we’re doing is worthwhile and worth supporting."
Tanzi also credited Cure Alzheimer's Fund for early and continuing support of his work, saying, "When the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund people were congratulating me, I said it’s because of you."