The Judy Fund supports research on women and Alzheimer's.
Dr. Maria Carrillo welcomes more than 5,600 attendees to AAIC 2018, the highest attendance in AAIC history.
Dear Family and Friends,

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2018, held July 22-26 in Chicago, research on women and Alzheimer's disease dominated the opening day with coverage in The Telegraph, and The world's largest conference in Alzheimer's and other dementia research, AAIC hit all-time highs in attendance this year, with more than 5,625 registered from 65 countries — 24 percent of whom attended for the first time. And I'm thrilled to report that for the first time, more than 50 percent of attendees were women! See all the major news from AAIC.
Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns poses with Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D., University of Arizona. Dr. Brinton's research, one of many studies made possible by your generous support of The Judy Fund, seeks to determine whether the loss of estrogen in mid-life promotes Alzheimer's disease in women who have a genetic risk factor for dementia.
The Judy Fund is proud to support emerging research which seeks to understand why women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's disease. Support from The Judy Fund has been critical to the funding of Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's (SAGA) grants to address gaps in our understanding of how biological sex and related genetic, lifestyle and societal factors may impact vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease, including the groundbreaking work of Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton of the University of Arizona. The results of her study could clarify how hormonal factors and APOE-e4 may interact to promote brain changes associated with Alzheimer's. Learn more about other research supported by your generosity to The Judy Fund.
The Judy Fund will continue to support science to study women & Alzheimer's
How does estrogen affect the female brain as it relates to Alzheimer's disease? “This is complex biology… an incredibly important area to understand,” says Dr. Heather Snyder, who oversees the Women's Alzheimer's Research Initiative (WARI). Dr. Snyder told prior to the conference, “We do know there are hormonal changes that happen and there is a response that happens in the brain. Whether this is making the brain more vulnerable to changes that we then see in diseases like Alzheimer's, that's the big question.” Other factors in why more women have Alzheimer's could include differences in how men's and women's brains are wired, their immune system responses and their brain metabolisms.
The Judy Fund is participating again in Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Join The Judy Fund Walk Team
As the fastest growing family fund at the Alzheimer's Association — we've raised and invested over $8 million for the Alzheimer's Association — The Judy Fund knows that when we work together, we can change the trajectory of this disease. The Judy Fund National Walk Team now has 22 teams registered and has raised a combined total of $6,605.00 towards our overall $50,000 goal. Of those teams, five are Sigma Alpha Mu teams. Like last year, you can join one of our Walk teams nationwide. We will also have Walk teams representing The Judy Fund in Manhattan, NY (October 27), Santa Monica, CA (September 23), Chicago, IL (October 28), Nashville, TN (October 27), and Boston, MA (September 23). Please join us on a Walk team in a city near you this fall, or let us help you start one! Together, we'll lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor.
The Judy Fund attends Sigma Alpha Mu convention
The Judy Fund is excited to attend SAM's annual convention on August 10-12 in Chicago. The Judy Fund was delighted to extend our gratitude to all Sammys and present awards to:
  • Most Donations Raised, No Shave November – Beta Iota, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Top Individual Fundraiser, No Shave November – Zachary Winakor, Beta Iota, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Top Overall Fundraising Chapter – Beta Iota, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Most Significant Growth – Sigma Theta, University of Texas at Austin
  • Most Overall Participation – Sigma Theta, University of Texas at Austin
I invite you to help our family fund continue this and all of the growing momentum for research on women and Alzheimer's by making a gift to The Judy Fund today.

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund
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