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By George Vradenburg

This year we have seen real progress in the fight against Alzheimers, both in terms of science and political mobilization.

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By Rachelle S. Doody, M.D., Ph.D, and John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D

Recently, researchers voiced concerns that the government shutdown could kill President Obama’s ambitious project to significantly expand our limited understanding of how the human brain functions.

George Vradenburg's resume reads like a roadmap to prototypical business success. He was Phi Beta Kappa in college and attended Harvard Law School. He later co-published a magazine and brokered deals for media giants like CBS, Fox, and AOL, founding two charities in his spare time. George Vradenburg, to be sure, is a man who seized his life and career by the horns.

But then it all changed.

In the early '90s, as his mother-in-law faded with Alzheimer's disease, Vradenburg could only sit back idly, helplessly.

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