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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.

Trick or Treating for Alzheimer's Research

Students at the College of New Jersey got more than candy for Halloween. Dressed in their costumes, the Psychology club raised over $1500 for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to support breakthrough research to find a cure.

Sweta Shah, a psychology major from Toms River, NJ explained; “The Psych club decided to support Alzheimer's research as a community service type activity, which we have never done before. I suggested Alzheimer's because it is linked to neuroscience and psychology and also because my grandmother passed away less than a year ago after a two year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. My grandmother moved to America in order to help my parents raise me, so she was a really big part of my life and when she got sick I realized just how important she was to me. So, instead of focusing on how much I'm going to miss her, I decided that I wanted to somehow make a difference for others who have Alzheimer's.”

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is grateful for this creative initiative. Special thanks to Sweta Shah and Elizabeth Beck and the entire club for their work. If you’re interested in hosting a fundraiser for Cure Alzheimer's Fund, please let us know and we’ll provide all the support we can. These efforts are very much appreciated!

 

Scaling Heights to Cure Alzheimer's

Alan Arnette began this journey, his Road Back to Everest: Memories are Everything Campaign in June 2007 with a climb on Denali in Alaska. His adventures are more then just mountaineering excursions as this quest also involves trying to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research.

One Person Can Make a Difference

Jessica Lavorgna, age 11, from Tewksbury, NJ is raising money for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for her 6th grade class project.

A Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease?

A brief summary of important potential treatments and CAF’s related research.

The AlzGene Database

Cure Alzheimer’s is funding the management and continued development of a revolutionary web based database.

Can Exercise Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

As the population ages, finding ways to stave off the debilitating brain degeneration of Alzheimer's disease is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Sam Sisodia and his lab at the Univeristy of Chicago, are looking into the benefits of exercise.

Alzheimer's Disease Making Headlines

Research Update

There has been a spate of announcements about promising drug therapies, “new” genes and environmental factors affecting Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the news lately. These are likely to increase as the media becomes more sensitized to the looming disaster that Alzheimer’s presents to the world.

We thought it would be useful to bring you up to date on our research agenda. Cure Alzheimer's Fund’s supported research is active in basic genetic research and early stages of drug development, and also addresses several key environmental factors.

New Research Linking Alzheimer's to Stroke Provides New Window on Cure and Treatment

From an article in Medical News Today about a paper recently released in the journal Neuron, June 7, 2007:

Researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders (MGH-MIND) have discovered how brain cells affected by stroke or head injury may cause generation of amyloid-beta protein, which is a key factor in the Alzheimer’s disease story.

Research Update: October 2007

Cure Alzheimer's Fund's core research effort continues to be the Alzheimer’s Genome Project™ initiative. Using whole genome association to analyze DNA, the objective is to identify all the genes that affect risk for AD. That project, largely based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, continues and is on time for completion by summer of 2008.

The Science Behind the Alzheimer's Genome Project

Photo of GeneChipThe core research effort currently funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is the Alzheimer's Genome Project™ initiative. This project, entirely funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, is being led by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi at Massachusetts General Hospital. The objective is to identify all genes that contribute significant risk for Alzheimer’s disease, thereby identifying more targets for the development of therapeutic interventions.