August 19, 2022

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Bill Gates’ newest mission is to Cure Alzheimer’s

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It’s one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.
“I believe there is a solution,” he told me without hesitation. “Any type of treatment would be a huge advance from where we are today,” he said, but “the long-term goal has got to be cure.”
He is investing $50 million of his own money into the Dementia Discovery Fund, a private-public research partnership focused on some of the more novel ideas about what drives the brain disease, such as looking at a brain cell’s immune system.
“That’s not my sole motivation, but it certainly drew me in.” When he said, “I’m a huge believer in that science and innovation are going to solve most of the tough problems over time,” I could feel his optimism.
With his donation, Gates hopes to spur research into more novel ideas about the disease, like investigating the role of the glial cells that activate the immune system of the brain or how the energy lifespan of a cell may contribute to the disease.
“There’s a sense that this decade will be the one that we make a lot of progress,” Gates told me. Gates believes that it will be a combination of mainstream and out-of-the-box thinking that will lead to potential treatments in the near future.

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