PRX Public Radio Feature
January 23, 2020
Infectious Agents and Alzheimer’s Disease
Reported by: Deborah Van Fleet
Listen to Dr. Leslie Norins explain why Alzheimer’s Germ Quest is offering a $1 million “challenge award” to the scientist or team who can make a persuasive case for a microbe, or germ, causing Alzheimer’s Disease, by the end of 2020. And prominent Alzheimer’s researchers present their evidence — gathered over decades — that Herpes Simplex 1 and other microbes contribute to, if not cause, the development of amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers, which lead to debilitating dementia. Additionally, a Columbia University Medical Center researcher talks about the first clinical trial, currently underway, of an antiviral medication’s ability to slow Alzheimer’s Disease in participants who test positive for Herpes Simplex.