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Battling Alzheimer’s to find a cure

 

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 is the world’s premiere conference on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research. This year, more than 4,800 leading researchers from around the world gathered in Boston to learn about, share and discuss groundbreaking new research and findings that will drive the world more quickly toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Held annually, this conference serves as a catalyst for new knowledge about dementia and fosters a vital, collegial research community. The content presented at the conference is created by researchers for their peers, serving to advance the areas of dementia science that are critical to the success of the field and the discovery of scientific breakthroughs.

Alzheimer’s is growing at an alarming rate in the United States and around the world. Currently, there are more than 450,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida. As the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only cause among the top 10 diseases without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

We need funding now so that we can continue the battle against this alarming disease and succeed in finding a cure. To stay up to date on the latest news from the conference, visit www.alz.org/AAIC to read summaries, watch expert analysis and see photos. An increase in federal research funding is critical to prevent both the loss of life and the financial burden on the nation because today there are no survivors and there is still no cure.

Ellen Brown, chief executive officer, Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter, West Palm Beach

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