Starting last week (April 23), the New York Academy of Sciences began airing weekly episodes of the new podcast series, Dementia Decoded. Sponsored by the Dana Foundation, the five-part program aims to educate the public on topics such as the history of Alzheimer’s disease, prevention, risk reduction, diagnosis, and care. The episodes also feature different specialists in the field, including our very own Dana Alliance members: Richard Mayeux, M.D., Reisa Sperling, M.D., and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D. (Tanzi was just acknowledged by TIME Magazine as one of the world’s top influential figures of the year for his work on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.)
Last week’s episode, “Part 1: A Special Illness,” addressed some common questions about Alzheimer’s disease (e.g. “How is it different from other forms of dementia?” and “Is it an inevitable part of aging?”) and the increasing number of cases due to the world’s growing population. The Academy invited twelve experts from multiple sectors to weigh in on the discussion.
This week’s feature, “Part 2: Plaques and Tangles,” looks into the current state of knowledge about the basic physiology of Alzheimer’s, and eight specialists discuss how scientists are working toward a better understanding of the disease.
Stay tuned for Parts 3-5, which will cover topics such as getting the proper diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, battling social stigmas that surround the disease, innovative ways people are addressing the need for proper care for those living with dementia, and the optimism of scientists around the world who are leading the way for new treatment—and possibly a cure.