Gates gives $50 mil­lion to com­bat Alzheimer’s

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

SEAT­TLE — Bill Gates says he’s giv­ing $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.

In a state­ment , Gates says men in his fam­ily have suf­fered from Alzheimer’s. He says he’s hope­ful that in time Alzheimer’s could be a chronic con­di­tion treat­able with med­i­ca­tion.

Gates says the first treat­ments for the dis­ease might not be fea­si­ble for a decade or more and would ini­tially be ex­pen­sive. He says the Gates Foun­da­tion might consider how to ex­pand ac­cess in poorer coun­tries when treat­ments are de­vel­oped.


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