Bill Gates Lends Support to Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s


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Alzheimer’s Association

An experienced talent recruiter for companies in the technology sector, Scott Robarge previously worked for SlideRocket and Greylock Partners and, since 2010, has presided over the recruiting firm Another8. Beyond his recruiting endeavors, Scott Robarge is a regular supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s is a cognitive disease that affects more than 5 million Americans and accounted for health care costs of $259 billion in 2017 alone. By 2050, health care costs toward the disease are projected to rise to more than $1 trillion, but the cause to find a cure recently received support from a powerful ally in Bill Gates. The Microsoft cofounder wrote a blog post in November titled “Why I’m Digging Deeper into Alzheimer’s,” in which he notes the importance of finding a cure as people are living longer and, as such, at greater risk to developing the disease.

Most importantly, Gates announced a pair of donations totaling $100 million to support organizations in their efforts to eradicate Alzheimer’s. He is investing $50 million of his personal money in the Dementia Discovery Fund as well as another $50 million in early-phase companies working on “less mainstream” approaches to fighting Alzheimer’s. The billionaire added he is optimistic that a cure can be found, even if it might take more than a decade.


Alzheimer’s Association Funds Gender-Based Research Efforts

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Alzheimer’s Association

Scott Robarge is an experienced recruitment professional with more than a decade of experience in the industry. In 2010, he founded Another8, a recruiting firm that specializes in partnering with early to mid-stage technology companies. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Robarge focuses his philanthropic efforts toward supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently announced $2.2 million in funding for its Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s (SAGA) initiative that will be distributed to nine studies aimed at understanding why women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

There are approximately 5 million Americans that suffer from Alzheimer’s, with more than two-thirds of that number being women. According to recent data gathered by the Alzheimer’s Association, in adults over the age of 71, there is a 16 percent rate of the disease, but only an 11 percent rate among men.

While there are some working theories as to why women suffer more than men from Alzheimer’s, researchers still have no definitive answers. The Alzheimer’s Association hopes that, through funding research projects, more knowledge about the gender disparity will be gained.

Antibodies New Wave of Alzheimer’s Research

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Alzheimer’s Research

A seasoned recruiter and entrepreneur, Scott Robarge is the founder of Another8, a recruiting firm that primarily acquires talent for fast-paced technology companies. When he isn’t serving as a recruiter, Scott Robarge supports organizations that help lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent research efforts into the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are focused on fighting the plaques that develop in the brain. Researchers believe that by understanding how to better manage these plaques, they may be able to delay its onset.

These plaques, which are a common sign of the condition, are tiny batches of beta-amyloid protein that deposit themselves in the brain and are responsible for brain cell degradation. Some antibodies, such as Aducanumab, have shown the propensity to reduce the amount of plaques that develop in Alzheimer’s patients, effectively slowing the rate of cognitive decline. It is thought that future research efforts in the battle against Alzheimer’s could include other combinations of medications in conjunction with these sorts of antibodies.

Alzheimer’s Association Uncovers a New Way to Fight Mental Decline

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Alzheimer’s Association

Recruiter Scott Robarge possesses decades of experience finding and attracting top talent within the technology sector. He founded Another8 in 2010, and continues to lead the growing talent acquisition firm. Alongside his professional endeavors, Scott Robarge supports the efforts of community and health organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association.

New research presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests an unconventional way to improve mental resilience and stave off Alzheimer’s. Scientists have found that individuals who do complex work with the public as part of their job are less likely to experience cognitive decline as they age.

Some people experience white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), which are diseased white spots that show up on brain scans. These contribute to mental decline, and are commonly found in people with Alzheimer’s and similar conditions. However, some people develop WMHs, but never manifest symptoms of mental decline. According to researchers, these people are disproportionately likely to work in mentoring, counseling, or similar fields where complex social engagement is key. Diet seems to be a compounding variable, and more research is needed to make use of this interesting development.

Resources for Reducing Mental Decline

Founder of Another8, Scott Robarge spends his days recruiting professionals for technology companies in the Bay Area. Away from his career, Scott Robarge is a dedicated supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Exercising the brain aids in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association states that brain fitness involves four factors, inclding a proper diet, physical exercise, social activity, and mental activity. The latter focuses on developing new connections and cells in the brain to deter mental decline.

Resources that can help a person build cognitive strength include the books Get Your Brain in the Fast Lane by Dr. Michel Noir and Bernard Croisile and The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young by Gary Small. Likewise, websites such as Luminosity offer more than 40 games that are specifically designed to train the brain. The science-based games focus on different areas, like memory and problem solving. To ensure constant mental fitness, Luminosity sends out training alerts that remind a person to play a game and try out experimental tools. Users can also access data on how other Luminosity members perform on an activity based on age groups.

New Process to Decide Federal Funding for Alzheimer’s Research

An experienced recruiter and entrepreneur, Scott Robarge most recently founded Another8, a recruiting firm that primarily acquires talent for quickly evolving technology companies. Outside of his professional endeavors, Scott Robarge supports the work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently celebrated a new provision under the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act that will ensure Congress is provided with scientific information before deciding funding levels for Alzheimer’s research. Approved by Congress for the 2015 fiscal year, the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act establishes a formal process for determining funding levels every year through 2025, and appropriators will utilize research from the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s scientists to make funding decisions. The new provision is designed to help researchers gain the funding necessary to accomplish the main objective of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which is to discover ways to prevent and successfully treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

In a press release, the Alzheimer’s Association also noted that the 2015 funding bill granted $25 million in additional funding for Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association stated the resulting $591 million in annual federal funding falls short of the $2 billion a year that scientists estimate is required to meet the National Alzheimer’s Plan’s 2025 goal.

Alzheimer’s Disease In Younger Individuals

In addition to his role as founder of Another8, a recruiting firm that partners with technology companies in the Bay Area, Scott Robarge helps to support those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative illness that affects millions of people and their families. Scott Robarge supports the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nationwide group that informs and educates the public about this illness and how to cope with it.

While Alzheimer’s disease is traditionally thought of as an affliction that only affects the elderly, in reality about 5 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are still in their 40s and 50s. Diagnosis can be challenging, however; because few people expect those under 65 to contract the disease, signs of Alzheimer’s in this age range are often missed. Many doctors will conclude that problems with memory or focus are the result of stress, rather than neurological illness. Those with persistent memory problems should contact a doctor with extensive experience with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases to undergo cognitive tests and a medical exam.