Understanding and Attacking Alzheimer's
(Approx. 12:26 min) Featuring: Dennis J. Selkoe, MD - Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital
This film explores one of the principal causes of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease—the toxic beta-amyloid protein. It also looks at an experimental vaccine on the front lines of research that is attempting to use the body's own immune system to fight the disease.
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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Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease (4:22 mins.)
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The Brain Tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it.
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- 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. Advances in prevention and treatment are only possible thanks to volunteers who participate in clinical trials. At least 50,000 volunteers, both with and without Alzheimer's, are urgently needed to participate in more than 175 actively enrolling Alzheimer's disease trials and studies in the U.S.
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