American business magnate and Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates has promised to find a lasting cure to Alzheimer disease. Currently, there seems to be no cure for the disease, but the billionaire believes there should be.
“I believe there is a solution,” he told CNN.
“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.”
To show his readiness, Gates 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. It’s the first time Gates has made a commitment to a noncommunicable disease. The work done through his foundation has focused primarily on infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria and polio.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. A neurodegenerative type of dementia, the disease starts mild and gets progressively worse.