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    Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?:

    "This NOVA episode is probably the best summation to date of where research for this mind-robbing illness is headed." — Scientific American

Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?


       View this film and read more about the subject of Alzheimer's on the NOVA website, or download        "A Journalist's Guide To Alzheimer's Disease and Drug Devlopment."


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. Along the way, meet individuals from all walks of life who will reveal what it’s like to struggle with Alzheimer’s. Among them, members of a unique Colombian family who have learned that their genetic predisposition all but guarantees early onset Alzheimer’s. Yet there may be hope. Join these courageous patients participating in clinical trials, and then go behind the scenes of the major drug trials to see how researchers target and test therapies that may slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s.


Writer, Director and Producer:
Sarah Holt

Executive Producers:
David Elisco
Michael Rosenfeld

Director of Photography:
Stephen McCarthy

William A. Anderson

Jay O. Sanders

Scientific Advisors:
Gabrielle Strobel
Bruce Miller
William Mobley




For Holt Productions


Julie Crawford

Associate Producers:
Karinna Sjo-Gaber
Gitanjali Rege




Senior Executive Producer:
Paula S. Apsell

Managing Director:
Alan Ritsko

Deputy Executive Director:
Julia Cort

Senior Series Producer:
Melanie Wallace

Senior Producer:
Chris Schmidt





For HHMI Tangled Bank Studios


Executive Director:
Dennis Liu

Executive in Charge:
Sean B. Carroll

Director of Operations:
Lori Beane

Graphics Producer:
Anne Tarrant

Line Producer:
Heather Forbes

Senior Researcher:
Laura Helft

Hilary Gerstein