The third annual sold-out Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation ‘s (ADDF) third annual Great Ladies Luncheon, held at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland, featured an exciting Jason Wu fashion show complete with feathers, wrapped bodices and strong blacks, whites and reds.
Wu thanked his sold-out audience after the show and his contributions to making this a packed luncheon will significantly benefit the foundation’s efforts to support Alzheimer’s drug research and related programs.
Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. and Ronald S.Lauder, ADDF’s mission is to rapidly accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and cognitive aging. ADDF has invested more than $60 million to fund more than 400 drug research programs at academic centers and biotechnology companies in 18 countries.
According to Dr. Howard Fillit, executive Director and Chief Science Officer, ADDF, the disease starts in the hippo campus part of the brain and spreads. “One of the most promising drugs in clinical trials now is a vaccine (Tau vaccine) that would prevent the disease from spreading. The three main research areas are drugs to protect neurons from dying and disintegrating, re-purposing diabetes drugs to prevent Alzheimer’s, using anti-hypertensives to protect neurons, and making early Alzheimer’s diagnoses to help people plan.”
Leonard Lauder, co-founder and chairman, told the audience, “The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is committed to pursuing the ost promising research to find effective treatments that can be quickly brought to patients. One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to Alzheimer’s drug research and related programs.”
The 2013 Great Lady honor was given to Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA-FM. She thanked the Foundation and commended its efforts to make a difference in the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Dr. Fillit, described the human aspect of the Foundation’s mission. he described how one of the first dementia patients he treated defined herself. “Once I was a butterfly, but now I look like a dragon and people are afraid of me. But, the butterfly still lives inside me.”