I've spent most of my career as a researcher studying how memories are formed and how they deteriorate as we age. Much of the inspiration for my work has been the devastation unleashed on the brain by Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disease whose cause is unclear and for which there is no cure. My lab's research into how estrogens affect memory formation in young and aging mice, and in mouse models of Alzheimer's, has been generously funded by the Alzheimer's Association, so my participation in this walk is one way to give back to an organization that has repeatedly supported me and my students.
Aside from my academic interest, Alzheimer's became personal in 2015 when my aunt Arlene was diagnosed with the disease. This cruel disease has robbed her of her identity and has been devastating for her son and his family, and the rest of our family who have watched them suffer. She passed away in November, 2017. Currently, there are no survivors of Alzheimer's disease--there are no treatments that truly prevents its onset, reverse its symptoms, or halt its progress.
Our team is leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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