Alzheimer’s chal­lenge

Pharmacy Daily - - Front Page -

A WEALTHY US businessman has given US$5 mil­lion to the Univer­sity of Texas at San An­to­nio Col­lege of Sciences, to es­tab­lish the new Oskar Fis­cher Project - an ini­tia­tive that will “en­gage the world’s bright­est minds in a com­pre­hen­sive lit­er­a­ture re­view, with the goal of syn­the­sis­ing that in­for­ma­tion into one sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for the cause of Alzheimer’s dis­ease”.

The ini­tia­tive by James Truchard will award a grand prize of $2 mil­lion, two sec­ond place prizes worth $500,000 each and four third place prizes of $250,000 each.

Truchard has been in­spired by the work of the late Oskar Fis­cher, a Jewish pi­o­neer in neu­ro­science who stud­ied de­men­tia at the same time as Alois Alzheimer.

He said de­spite over 130,000 re­search pa­pers pub­lished on the con­di­tion, no de­fin­i­tive ex­pla­na­tion and cure had been found.

A call for pro­pos­als un­der the project will open in Feb 2019.

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