Naples, FL – Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., announces a $1 million challenge award for the scientist
who provides persuasive evidence that an infectious agent is the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The three-year contest begins January 15, 2018. Researchers may apply at ALZgerm.org.
“It’s time to more aggressively fund the hunt for an infectious agent that is likely the root cause of Alzheimer’s,” says Norins. An accompanying white paper underpins the challenge: “It’s Time to Find the Alzheimer’s Germ.”
Norins says there are a number of intriguing reports suggesting Alzheimer’s is the end result of one infection. Norins says that in 2016, 33 leading Alzheimer’s scientists signed an editorial urging more research on this. He warns, “to not investigate guarantees we will find nothing.”
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and has increased 25 percent in recent years, according to CDC.
The challenge award is a project of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., based in Naples, FL., and is open to all scientists worldwide.
The award money will be donated by Dr. Norins and his wife, Rainey. No outside donations are sought or accepted.
Dr. Norins is a 44-year veteran of medical publishing, and before that he directed a major laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, M.D. from Duke Medical School, and Ph.D. from University of Melbourne where he trained with Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Nobel Laureate.