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Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington St., Suite 200
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: 781-237-3800
Fax: 781-658-2399
info@curealz.org
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Mission: To fund research with the highest probability of
preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Chairman, Jeffrey Morby
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Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Centre City Tower
650 Smithfield St.
Suite 2015
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and Rotary joined forces this fall to fund research into why women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than men. The two organizations granted a total of $375,000 to the lab of Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital. Tanzi, who serves as the Research Consortium chair for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, will analyze existing databases of Alzheimer’s family genomes to identify gene variants that impact risk differently for women than for men.

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While this is the first time Rotary and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund have co-funded a research grant, the two organizations have ties going back several years. The initiative started with a chance meeting between Jeff Morby, co-chairman and co-founder of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, and Dick Pratt, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club. Members of that club joined others in New England and ultimately from around the world to champion more attention and resources to combat the global scourge of Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2013, Martha’s Vineyard Rotary officially partnered with Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to create the Alzheimer’s Disease Rotary Action Group [ADRAG] (adrag.org). In addition to funding more research like Tanzi’s, the group hopes to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s and its impact by partnering with local communities served by Rotary around the world. The initiative to fund Tanzi’s work was a joint effort between the Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club and the Toronto Rotary Club. Rotary funding for the project was provided by The Rotary Foundation, a nonprofit charity.

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Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia
Based in the United Kingdom, Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia (REPoD) is a joint initiative between members of various Rotary Clubs who have recognized the need for increased support in the community for families affected by dementia. REPoD offers a number of resources to the 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK and their families including Dementia Carer’s Pathways and their revolutionary Memory Cafe project model and the Memory Cafe Guide that REPoD has published. Find REPoD on Facebook here.
Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia