Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

Bill Gates

"Some of the men in my family have suffered from Alzheimer's", Gates wrote, noting that his family history of the disease informed his insights into it but that "isn't the sole reason" why he is setting millions aside for finding treatment. Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB have not been fully conquered, but with the most visible and energetic of the establishment philanthropists turning his sights to the disease of aging - Alzheimer's - we have forever reimagined the contours of global public health.

Gates revealed Monday that he invested $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, which is working on new approaches to treating dementia.

"It'll take probably 10 years before new theories are tried enough times to give them a high chance of success". Gates' support has already had a positive impact on research being conducted into other diseases so we are delighted that he is now personally uniting in the fight against dementia'.

The number of people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia has increased in recent decades, taking an emotional and financial toll on patients and their families, Gates added.

"I know how terrible it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity, and there is nothing you can do about it", Gates wrote.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's.

Rather going through his usual philanthropic route, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates says this investment is a personal one. Through these conversations, he identified five areas of need: understanding how Alzheimer's progresses; detection and diagnosis; approaches to stop the disease; facilitating participation in clinical trials; and better use of data.

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