Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., was recently interviewed in Naples by a news crew for Nano, a prestigious German science TV-magazine program.
“Flying these guys across the ocean to get first-hand information about our project is another sign that international interest is high in the possibility that a germ is the trigger for Alzheimer’s disease”, Dr. Norins said.
He added, “I found their interview especially touching, because. Dr. Alzheimer himself was German.”
“This trans-ocean interview affirms the international interest in a possible Alzheimer’s germ.”
On camera, the interviewer asked Dr. Norins how he became interested in the possibility of a germ trigger for Alzheimer’s. Dr. Norins explained that a two-year search of the medical literature on the disease revealed several clues that an infectious agent might be the root cause, but that insufficient research had been done to follow up on these. He added that his White Paper was available online to viewers who wished more details.
Another interest of the reporter was why intense investigations of possible germs had not already been done. Dr. Norins explained that most grants to date had focused on the prominent brain markers of the disease, amyloid plaques and protein tangles, but he was hopeful the renewed interest in microbes would stimulate increased funding for the necessary studies.
The reporter noted that in Germany, some families consider the presence of Alzheimer’s to be somewhat embarrassing or shameful, so they are reluctant to reveal that diagnosis.
Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., sponsors the $1 Million Challenge Award, for the scientist who submits persuasive proof that a particular microbe is the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease.