The Latest Research On Alzheimer's Disease

The Latest Research On Alzheimer's Disease

New research on a rare gene mutation could offer clues about Alzheimer's disease. Another study could lead to early treatment. The latest on a disease expected to affect 10 million Americans by 2050.

Among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Alzheimer's disease is the only one with no method to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. New research has generated hope among scientists and caregivers that treatment for the disease could come sooner than many dared to think possible. But there's good reason to be cautious. The outcomes of studies on several promising drugs are due this year. Researchers fear pharmaceutical companies might halt the search for treatments if the results are disappointing. A major international conference on Alzheimer's is in session this week in Vancouver, Canada. We'll provide the latest news from the conference and efforts to find a cure.

Guests

Randall Bateman

the Charles F. and Joanne Knight distinguished professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and associate director of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network (DIAN).

Brigid Reynolds

clinical care coordinator in the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center.

George Vradenburg

co-founder and chairman of Us Against Alzheimer’s.

Reisa Sperling

professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.