USAgainstAlzheimer’s Exclusive Alzheimer’s Talks

gv-boardToday’s guest blog comes from George Vradenburg, President of USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network, which he co-founded in October 2010.  

This disease is still in the shadows. Sufferers, initially because of embarrassment and then out of necessity, pull away from social and professional connections.  And the loved ones who care for them are too consumed with and exhausted from caring that they too become isolated.  When someone passes away from causes due to Alzheimer’s, social friends and professional colleagues are frequently surprised because of the absence of contact. The stigma and ignorance of this most feared disease in America is striking. So, Alzheimer’s Talks seeks to bring Alzheimer’s out of the shadows, to create open discussion of current research and other issues.

If Alzheimer’s stays in the shadows, we’ll never end it. Americans will not be empowered to mobilize with the needed urgency and passion, as we have against breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.  More than 400 leading researchers agree we can prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025 – but only if critical investments and reforms are made. But what investments? What reforms? What’s the latest research?

Alzheimer’s Talks is where we consider many of those important questions. Each month, USAgainstAlzheimer’s gives the opportunity to connect with researchers and industry figures bringing us closer to a cure. In the past few months, we’ve had conversations about the first-of-its-kind blood test for Alzheimer's disease, how to speed up clinical trials, and what causes Alzheimer’s in the first place. Our next Alzheimer’s Talks is with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Director of Genetics and Aging Research of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, the leading researcher in the first-ever replication of Alzheimer's outside of the brain – he’s calling it "Alzheimer's in a Dish." With this innovation, he plans to quickly evaluate more than 6,000 potential disease-modifying molecules, a goal that would have been out of the question just a few months ago.

We’ve had conversations both enlightening and sobering. We’ve looked back on how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. By getting together to share what people are doing, we’re bringing Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the light, transforming loneliness and despair into hope and purpose.

We welcome anyone who wants to join us, and we hope you’ll sign up for our next call. You can also read a transcript or listen to a recording of previous calls on our website.

USAgainstAlzheimer’s next Alzheimer’s Talks, featuring Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, isThursday, Oct. 30, from 4 – 5 p.m. ET. Sign up here.