On Monday, former model and restaurateur B. Smith was honored by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) at its Fifth Annual Fall Symposium & Luncheon “Hope on the Horizon” at The Pierre in New York City. Smith, who publicly revealed her early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis in June, was presented with The Charles Evans Award at Monday’s Luncheon for using her powerful platform to promote public awareness and raise critical funds to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Smith graciously accepted the award in a purple dress, the official color of d National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, with her husband and long-time business partner Dan Gasby by her side.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and OnDeckBiotech announced today the launch of ADDF ACCESS, a new and improved open access platform to connect scientists with a virtual network of contract research organizations (CROs), drug development experts and educational resources. By leveraging OnDeckBiotech’s cutting-edge technology, the enhanced ADDF ACCESS platform will streamline links between researchers and CROs specializing in diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) to expedite drug discovery research and development. The announcement came on day three of the ADDF’s 15th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery.
A new peer-reviewed publication from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) offers strategic insight on how philanthropy, industry and government organizations can advance repurposing of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The paper, published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, was produced in collaboration with experts from these sectors and highlights the unique challenges and lack of commercial incentives for testing approved drugs in new disease indications, like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, where they might be beneficial.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and OnDeckBiotech announced today a strategic partnership to provide a new platform technology for ADDF ACCESS. ADDF ACCESS is an open access database that provides a network of contract research organizations (CROs), drug development consultants and educational resources focused for diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). By leveraging OnDeckBiotech’s cutting-edge technology, ADDF ACCESS will increase the efficiency of contracting drug development services by scientists in academia and small biotechnology companies.
Researchers from The Ohio State (Columbus) and Emory (Atlanta) Universities will be the first recipients of drug discovery funding and innovation support from a new partnership between the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The organizations will leverage their combined expertise and resources to advance highly promising Alzheimer's disease drug discovery projects conducted in academic medical institutions nationwide.
Drug Could Be the First to Slow the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) announced today that it raised more than $1.1 million in support of a clinical trial to test an existing drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The $1.1 million was generated during the “Fund a Scientist” auction at its Eighth Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner on May 1, 2014, and awarded to Jeffrey Cummings, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Cummings will investigate rasagiline, an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease with the potential to be the first drug to slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease.
Resource Will Provide Comprehensive Overview of the Science for Prevention Therapies
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) announced today the launch of Cognitive Vitality, a new online resource developed to provide a comprehensive and credible overview and analysis of the science for specific strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The resource showcases the strength of the science for and against prevention strategies related to nutrition and the management of other diseases, to enable people to make informed decisions in protecting their brain from cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Outcomes Could Lead to Development of New and Cost-Effective Tools for Early Detection
The Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Initiative (ADDI) at the New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy) in partnership with the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), and with generous support by AstraZeneca, Janssen, Lilly, Merck, and Takeda, has awarded a $140,000 challenge grant to Blaine Roberts, PhD, Head of the Metalloproteomics Laboratory at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Australia. Dr. Roberts will be conducting research to validate a developmental blood test for Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) today announced a partnership to provide CTF's scientific network access to a virtual network of drug discovery experts and contract research organizations (CROs) through the ADDF ACCESS program. CTF's mission is to find effective treatments for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (NF), which can cause tumors to grow throughout the body and affects one in 3,000 people. Through the effective selection of CROs and use of their services, NF researchers may be able to accelerate their research and bring novel therapies to patients faster.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) announced today the recipients of their seventh annual partnership awards program to accelerate drug discovery for frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a devastating form of dementia characterized by profound changes in behavior, personality, language and movement. Jeffrey Rothstein, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Donald Lo, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center were each awarded $150,000 to conduct new research focused on developing novel drugs to treat FTD.