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

gram will begin with a research briefing, where the award recipients will discuss their work. The briefing will be moderated by HYPERLINK "http://www.ilcusa.org/pages/about-us/president-ceo/robert-n-butler-md.php" \o "http://www.ilcusa.org/who/about.htm"Robert N. Butler, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the International Longevity Center -- USA, and Professor of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Butler is the chair of the MetLife Foundation's Research Committee and also the founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.

"As the population ages, research on Alzheimer's disease has never been more important," said Dr. Butler. "If unchecked, the medical and caregiving costs could very well make Alzheimer's the most significant disease of this century. However, it's the personal costs that are truly staggering, because Alzheimer's gradually robs individuals of the person they once were. Through this award, MetLife Foundation demonstrates sustained support for scientists working to unravel the mystery of Alzheimer's, by providing leading scientists with the funds to freely pursue their ideas through research."

About the Award for Medical Research Winners

Dr. Wolfe is professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. The Wolfe research laboratory strives to understand the basic biochemistry underlying Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. The major focus is on the production of amyloid-beta, a small protein that deposits in the Alzheimer brain which many believe to be the fundamental toxic entity initiating the disease.

In 1998, Dr. Wolfe's laboratory published the first d
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