By 2050, as our population ages, 15 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – triple today’s number. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but several treatments can help alleviate its symptoms, and many research projects aim to understand the disease better and find a way to fight it. In this QUEST story, we visited researchers at San Francisco’s Gladstone Institutes, who are looking for a gene that may hold the key to a cure.

There are many others also working in the field. The Alzheimer’s Association has information about current treatments available. The National Institute on Aging gives a good overview of what avenues of research are being pursued to better diagnose the disease and find a cure. A team of health professionals at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center can provide a diagnostic work-up, as well as enroll patients in several ongoing clinical trials.

Producer’s Notes – Alzheimer’s: Is the Cure in the Genes? 9 March,2016Gabriela Quirós

Author

Gabriela Quirós

Gabriela Quirós is a video producer for KQED Science and the coordinating producer for Deep Look. She started her journalism career 25 years ago as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when its science series QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has won five regional Emmys and has shared awards from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Independent from her work in KQED's science unit, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in vitro fertilization. The film aired nationally on public television stations in 2015.

Sponsored by

Become a KQED sponsor