Henry Paulson http://michiganradio.org en Goal: Cure Alzheimer's disease by 2050 http://michiganradio.org/post/goal-cure-alzheimers-disease-2050 <p>The National Institutes of Health has set a goal to prevent and treat Alzheimer&#39;s disease by 2050.</p><p>Henry Paulson is the director of the University of Michigan&#39;s Alzheimer&#39;s Disease Center.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m a 100-percent supporter of this,&quot; he says. &quot;This is a huge medical problem. We have over 5-million people who have Alzheimer&#39;s now in this country and as we get older, the number is increasing rapidly. So this is a crisis and although we understand a lot about the mechanisms of the disease, we still don&#39;t have effective therapies. So this push, this additional support I think will drive toward those therapies that we so desperately need.&quot;</p><p>16-million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer&#39;s disease or other forms of dementia by 2050.</p><p>The Obama Administration has allocated $50-million for Alzheimer&#39;s Research. N-I-H will spend an additional 30 million on two national studies.</p><p>&quot;One of the things I like about the announcement yesterday is there are two major studies that they emphasize that are going to be funded right away,&quot; Paulson says. &quot;One is a symptomatic study, that is the intranasal insulin, is looking to see if that can improve symptoms in people who have cognitive impairment. The other study is a preventative study from families who actually have inherited caused dimentia which is not what most people have.&quot;</p><p>Paulson says many investigators with the U of M&#39;s Alzheimer&#39;s Disease Center will be applying for additional funding for Alzheimer&#39;s research.</p><p><em>- Emily Fox, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 16:48:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7495 at http://michiganradio.org Goal: Cure Alzheimer's disease by 2050