Bill Gates Pledges $50 Million to Find Cure for Alzheimer’s

“I've seen how tough it is.”

November 13, 2017 3:01 pm
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Philanthropist Bill Gates is pledging $50 million to The Dementia Discovery Fund, described by CNN as a public-private research partnership that analyzes what drives Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects the cognitive functions and memories of an estimated 47 million people around the world.

“Several of the men in my family have this disease,” Gates told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. “And so, you know, I’ve seen how tough it is. That’s not my sole motivation, but it certainly drew me in.”

Gates also acknowledged in the interview that searching for a cure off the bat is “setting a high bar.”

“We probably should say treatment. And any type of treatment would be a huge advance from where we are today,” Gates said, but made it clear: “The long-term goal has got to be cure.”

Take a look at the full interview in the video above.

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