How Far We Have Come in Alzheimer's Research
(Approx. 15:17 min) Featuring: Scott A. Small, MD-Columbia University Medical Center; John C. Morris, MD-Washington University School of Medicine; Steven DeKosky, MD-University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (currently at University of Virginia School of Medicine)
As recently as 30 years ago, scientists characterized the memory loss that we now diagnose as Alzheimer's as senility—and thought it was a normal part of aging. We hear from leading AD researchers about how far the field has come since Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered the disease more than a century ago.
Momentum in Science: The Supplementary Series
- Understanding and Attacking Alzheimer's 12 min
- How Far We Have Come in Alzheimer's Research 15 min
- Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment 20 min
- The Role of Genetics in Alzheimer's 12 min
- Advances in Brain Imaging 11 min
- Looking Into the Future of Alzheimer's 6 min
- The Connection Between Insulin and Alzheimer's 21 min
- Inflammation, the Immune System, and Alzheimer's 29 min
- The Benefit of Diet and Exercise in Alzheimer's 16 min
- Cognitive Reserve: What the Religious Orders Study is Revealing about Alzheimer's 20 min
- Searching for an Alzheimer's Cure: The Story of Flurizan 30 min
- The Pulse of Drug Development 15 min
- The DeMoe Family: Early-Onset Alzheimer's Genetics 25 min
- The Nanney/Felts Family: Late-Onset Alzheimer's Genetics 20 min
- The Quest for Biomarkers 17 min
- Hope in Science
Scientists have made great advances in understanding the cause, diagnosis, and possible treatments of Alzheimer's disease. Find out more.
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- Thirty years ago, we knew very little about AD. Since then, scientific research, supported by the National Institute on Aging and other components of the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer's Association, and other organizations has led to important advances in our knowledge about AD and to the development of promising new drugs and treatment strategies.
- Today, scientists are investigating many approaches to treat, prevent, or cure Alzheimer's, with 91 drugs in clinical trials as of 2008 and more in the pipeline awaiting FDA approval to enter human testing.
- 54% of the adult U.S. population has been touched by Alzheimer's. Read more.