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fitness & health "5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's" Tanzi, Ph.D., explains his research at the Cure Alzheimer's Fund annual symposium ing on a book about the brain which led me to consult with someone at Harvard Medical School who recommended I meet Rudy Tanzi, who knows more about the brain than anyone else." Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Genetics and Aging Research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has authored more than 340 papers and received several prominent awards for his Alzheimer's research. "In the process of our conversations about his research in genetics leading to potential cures, Rudy told me there was no money for research, while Alzheimer's disease was decimating our society," says Morby. "My wife, Jacqui, and I have been fortunate and able to be phil- anthropic, supporting many causes. But we had been thinking that if we concentrated our full resources in one area, we could make a real impact on society. Maybe this was what we were looking for. " Morby set up a foundation in Pittsburgh, where he and his wife live. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks nerve cells in the brain. It gradually deprives patients of their memory and ability to think or speak, and significantly alters behav- ior. Although not a normal part of aging, it is the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older, and its incidence is rising as our population ages. According to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's today. It is estimated that about 500,000 Americans younger than age 65 have some form of dementia, including early- onset Alzheimer's disease. Jeffrey Morby, former vice chairman of Mellon Bank, took the first steps towards founding CAF. "One of my lifelong hobbies is an interest in the human brain and how it manifests itself in human behavior," Morby said recently. "After retiring from Mellon Bank, I began work- 124 Part of the deal, he says, was that Tanzi would put together and lead a research consortium of the best scientists in the world working on research with highest probability of finding a cure. But realizing that the task was more than one family's foundation could support alone, Morby spoke with others. Phyllis Rappaport, who lives with her husband, Jerry, in Lincoln; Henry McCance of Dover; and later Joshua and Anita At a White House briefing in September 2010, Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., and Tim Armour, CEO and president of Cure Alzheimer's Fund, were among panelists presenting the current state of Alzheimer's research to senior staffers of the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and Alzheimer's advocacy groups. WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 NIR LAND A U NIR LAND A U

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