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Two Scientists Honored with MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease
Date:2/18/2009

portance of basic research and an emphasis on providing scientists the opportunity to pursue ideas. Each winner receives a $200,000 research grant and personal prize of $50,000 to further their work.

According to recent estimates, more than 26 million people worldwide are believed to be living with Alzheimer's disease. In the United States, as many as 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's, making it the sixth leading cause of death. If current population trends continue, the number will increase significantly, unless the disease can be effectively treated, delayed, or prevented. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid, and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

"In recognizing the important work of Drs. Wolfe and Iwatsubo, we hope to spur future developments that will help combat Alzheimer's," said C. Robert Henrikson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MetLife, Inc. "The impact of this disease on families, society, and the economy is why MetLife Foundation continues its commitment to research and the search for a cure."

"Scientists represent our best hope for one day finding the causes and treatments for Alzheimer's," said Sibyl Jacobson of MetLife Foundation. "These awards are an investment in the future, and we thank our awardees for their important contributions to the understanding of Alzheimer's and commend their continued dedication to research."

The event's keynote speech will be delivered by noted writer Mary Ellen Geist, author of Measure of the Heart, which chronicles her life alongside that of her father, Woody Geist, who has Alzheimer's. Ms. Geist left a successful career as an award-winning radio journalist in New York, where she worked for WCBS radio, to return home to Michigan to help care for her father.

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