This compelling documentary follows the trials and triumphs of researchers battling Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Steven DeKosky's team conducts breakthrough scientific tests, while Dr. Rudy Tanzi, pioneer in genetics, tells of discoveries that may help pinpoint the cause of Alzheimer's. The experts make the research palpable and real, explaining in down-to-earth terms how the disease dismantles the day-to-day lives of Gladys, Fran, and Isabelle.
Horizon investigates a new era of Alzheimer's research. New scanning and gene technology is allowing scientists to identify the disease at its earliest stages.
Alzheimer's disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love and to remember. The cause of Alzheimer's¬ and whether it can be stopped is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Alzheimer's ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, stripping them of their memories and often their dignity on a poignant march that can lead to death. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the disease.