Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
November 15
09:14 2018

Please join Wake Forest study to fight Alzheimer’s

To the Editor:

I’ve been an Alzheimer’s researcher for almost 50 years, but I’m also a son who recently lost his mother to this dreadful disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects 5.7 million Americans – including 170,000 in North Carolina. It’s also our nation’s costliest disease at an estimated $277 billion annually. By 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is likely to triple and costs could rise to $1.1 trillion per year. This is a crisis, but there is something each of us can do.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, or ADNI, is the largest and longest-running Alzheimer’s clinical trial, and it’s taking place at Wake Forest University.

It’s funded by the National Institutes of Health and is focused on the detection of early Alzheimer’s disease and tracking its progression over time. We are looking for healthy volunteers, ages 55 to 90, who have mild memory problems, as well as those who have been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. There is no medication involved.

Anyone who has witnessed someone battle this disease knows how devastating it is. Alzheimer’s robs people of both their future and their past. We need volunteers to better understand what happens in the aging brain, so that we can better diagnose, treat and – one day – cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Please call 1-888-223-6495 or visit for more information or to join us.

Dr. Michael Weiner

Lead Investigator for the ADNI Study

taking place at Wake Forest University

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