Sotheby's says proceeds from the sale of 44 pieces of jewelry from the collections of Estee Lauder and Evelyn Lauder will benefit two charities. The auction is set for Dec. 9. The sale of 33 jewels from Evelyn Lauder will support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which she founded. Eleven pieces from the collection of Estee Lauder will benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation.
Many treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have been shown to be safe and to have some positive effect in animal models. However, many of these potentially successful drugs have not been brought to human trial because of the increased cost and risk at that stage of research. The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation is responding to this problem with the Alzheimer’s Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials.
Alzheimer’s. Given that we were in the neurologist’s office at my request, I should not have been surprised — no, not surprised, but floored, shocked! — by the diagnosis. But I was. That visit to the doctor was the result of a cluster of seemingly small incidents.
Earlier this month I joined some of the world's preeminent physicians and neuroscientists in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference (AAIC). The six-day gathering is the largest of its kind and featured more than 100 sessions on a diverse range of Alzheimer's topics. Those sessions represent an incredible amount of new material and research to digest, so I've narrowed down the highlights for those of you who are interested in tracking the latest in Alzheimer's research and drug development:
Joan’s book, from the viewpoint of a caregiver, is an emotionally charged eulogy by a spouse who cared for her husband at home until the end. “Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that is paid for with the currency of the heart,” she said. “Old age is definitely not for sissies.” She is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), which was co-founded by Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder of the Estée Lauder cosmetics family. All book proceeds will support the ADDF’s Canadian arm.
His memory loss became apparent first. Like many people experiencing Alzheimer's in its early stages, my father began misplacing important objects and forgetting the names of people. As the disease progressed, his conversational skills became increasingly impaired, but through all of his changes, our emotional bond remained strong. Eventually, it became impossible for my stepmother to care for him at home and he entered a nursing facility. I knew my father was following a typical Alzheimer's course. After more than 35 years of geriatric medical practice, I have watched this devastating disease unfold in similar ways for thousands of patients. But watching my father's mind deteriorate was uniquely painful.
Researchers at Ohio State University and Emory University are the first to receive funding for their work in Alzheimer's through a collaboration between the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals and the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. The teams will each receive $101,000.
A common antidepressant can dramatically halt growth of Alzheimer’s plaque. A team from Missouri and Pennsylvania report today in Science Translational Medicine this reduction occurs in both humans and mice. It gives the drug, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram, a possible future role as a prophylactic—the first in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), if bigger studies are supportive. “I think this is an important paper,” Howard Fillit said in an interview with Bioscience Technology. Fillit is [executive director and] chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. He offered a corollary, however, given that a small February JAMA study, while “exciting,” did find citalopram may cause cognitive problems after AD onset: “The biology of SSRIs is really interesting. But we have cured mice of Alzheimer’s 400 times. I hope this leads to a Phase 2b or 3 study, to look at whether citalopram and other SSRIs can be disease-modifying agents for AD.”
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) has announced it has raised more than $1.1 million for a clinical trial that will test the ability of existing drug rasagiline to treat Alzheimer’s. The funds were raised by an auction at the Eighth Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner. In all, the dinner raised over $3.5 million for drug research related to Alzheimer’s disease. Rasagiline, which is produced by Teva, is currently approved by the FDA to treat Parkinson’s disease. The clinical research will be led by Jeffrey Cummings, who is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio
Last Thursday night I went down to Sotheby’s for a black tie dinner benefiting the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. ADDF was created in 1998 by Leonard and Ronald Lauder, sons of Estee. In the past eight years they’ve established a public profile.