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Week: 585.4 

Guest: Dr. John Trojanowski, Chief, Alzheimer’s Center, University of Penn. 

Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease...coming up... 

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NEMA: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease is the key to finding a cure. This is Dr. John Trojanowski, head of the Alzheimer’s Center at the University of Pennsylvania...  

TROJANOWSKI: It wasn’t recognized as a specific disease tendency until this century, and we assumed for many, many years that it was a fairly unitary entity, but we now recognize as multiple variations on the disease, and also multiple causes for the disease.  

NEMA: About 10% of victims develop a hereditary form of Alzheimer’s...other forms are sporadic, having more than one gene as the basis or cause...  

TROJANOWSKI: All of these genes and the mutations are the product of research that has taken place over the last ten years. There’s really been a tremendous upsurge in new discoveries  

NEMA: Next,we’ll talk about some of the newest discoveries in the war against Alzheimer’s. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.