Gates to give US$50 mil­lion to com­bat Alzheimer’s dis­ease

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SEAT­TLE — Bill Gates says he’s giv­ing US$50 mil­lion to help fight Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The Mi­crosoft co-founder said Mon­day that the do­na­tion to the De­men­tia Dis­cov­ery Fund is per­sonal and not through his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion.

The London-based pri­vate fund is backed by gov­ern­ment, char­i­ties and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms and seeks new treat­ments for the progressive, ir­re­versible neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease.

Gates says men in his fam­ily have suf­fered from Alzheimer’s and he’s hope­ful that in time Alzheimer’s could be a treat­able chronic con­di­tion.

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