ADDF In The Media

The Washington Post - Coach Pat Summitt Honored at Great Ladies Luncheon

04/01/2014

The Lady Vol and winningest coach in NCAA history took time out from March Madness to visit Washington on Tuesday, where she lunched with some of the city’s most fashionable donors. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation honored Summitt, calling her “an inspiration to us all,” for her work with her own foundation, which she founded in 2011 after announcing she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Forbes - New Plant Compound From Strawberries May Prevent Alzheimer’s And Memory Loss

03/31/2014

Fisetin, a flavonol found in strawberries, mangoes, cucumber, and other fruits and vegetables, may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s, dementia, and age-related memory loss, according to research just out from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Huffington Post - Alzheimer’s Disease: An Unrecognized Killer

03/28/2014

We’ve known for years that the number of deaths caused by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias have been underreported, but a recent study identified the disease as the potential third-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer. The study, published last week in the journal Neurology, found that the number of people who die from Alzheimer’s may be five times higher than previously thought, partly because death certificates often fail to list Alzheimer’s as a contributing cause of death. But this is only part of the story. The problems begin many years before death, when the disease is in its earliest stages.

Huffington Post - The Search for Better Treatment

02/07/2014

The best source for information about Alzheimer's, from cause to potential cures, is the NIH website, National Institute on Aging. As I am on the board of overseers of The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, (ADDF) I also follow closely its funding decisions. When I raise money for a charity I want to be able to tell those who give, how their money is being used, and how much of it actually gets to the cause. With ADDF, I can tell them that all of their money goes to research because all overhead is paid for by the Lauder family.

Huffington Post - Why Aren’t We Doing More to Fight Alzheimer’s

02/02/2014

Treatment for Alzheimer's disease? None. That doesn't mean that we write the patients off. Yes, the patient can and should receive care: There are drugs that may help ease symptoms, for a limited time. And there are medications available that that will make the patient more comfortable, and make life a little easier for the caregiver -- again, for a limited time.

PharmaTimes - Transatlantic Partnership Pools US$3 Million for Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery

01/28/2014

A transatlantic partnership is putting US$3 million into research projects aimed at repurposing existing drugs as potential therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The US-based Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), which describes itself as a “biomedical venture philanthropy”, is pooling resources with the UK’s Alzheimer’s Society in an effort to accelerate critical development programmes and bring new treatments to patients.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - New Support for Alzheimer’s Drug Research

01/28/2014

A trial led by Sunnybrook's Dr. Sandra Black investigating the potential for hypertension drugs to slow Alzheimer's disease progression is receiving support from a new funding collaboration between the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation of Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly - Drug Repurposing Aims for New Alzheimer’s Drugs, Faster

01/26/2014

Drug repurposing takes drugs that were already approved for one disease and re-develops them to see if they can help with a different one. This is obviously a much faster process than developing a new drug from scratch. The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Alzheimer's Society (UK) announced a new partnership that will provide funding for drug-repurposing research in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Their stated goal is the acceleration of critical development programs and the bringing ofnew treatments to patients.

Philanthropy News Digest - Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Invites Letters of Intent

01/03/2014

Alzheimer’s disease treatments have been shown to be safe and have some positive effect when tested in animal models. However, many of these potentially successful drugs have not been brought to human trials because of the increased cost and risk. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is responding to this problem through the Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials, an initiative to increase the number of innovative drugs tested in humans for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging. The program will fund biomarker-based pilot clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and in some cases will also support Phase I safety testing and IND-enabling studies to accelerate new drugs into trials. ADDF also is interested in supporting targeted pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to prevention and clinical biomarker development programs.

Alzheimer’s Research Forum - A Bird’s-Eye View of Alzheimer’s Research

10/04/2013

As research on Alzheimer's disease becomes a growing societal priority worldwide, the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association have launched the International Alzheimer's Disease Research Portfolio (IARDP). By organizing thousands of studies on AD into one central database, IADRP will help sponsors identify funded research to avoid duplication, coordinate funding efforts, and spot gaps in support. Researchers may find it useful for the same reasons. With the participation of nine funding agencies and four more that joined recently, the organizers aim to create a comprehensive overview of global efforts to fund Alzheimer's research.