Fisher’s Center Leads the Way in Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Research
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is the leading source of funding for Alzheimer’s research. Since being founded in 1995, the center has one main goal: to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Besides their groundbreaking work in the field of Alzheimer’s research, the Fisher Center has also been serving Alzheimer’s patients and families with their clinical work at New York University, with their Alzheimer’s information site, www.ALZinfo.org, and with their publication, Preserving Your Memory: the Magazine of Health and Hope.
The Fisher Center primarily funds the work of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard and his team of scientists at The Rockefeller University.
Greengard is the Vincent Astor Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University and Director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1953 and spent five years in England receiving advanced training at the University of London, at Cambridge University and the National Institute of Medical Research.
Since returning from London, Greengard worked both in the pharmaceutical industry and as a professor at Yale University before assuming his current position at The Rockefeller University.
Over the years, his achievements have won him many distinguished awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
He and his fellow scientists are at the forefront of Alzheimer’s research and have developed many insights into the pathology of Alzheimer’s and how to prevent or delay its symptoms.
In September 2010, Greengard discovered a protein in the brain that stimulates production of beta-amyloid, which is known to be at least partly responsible for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
With this breakthrough, scientists hope it will be possible to develop highly specific drugs that will be safe and effective treatments for people with Alzheimer’s.