Published: Apr 10, 2012 3:30 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2012 4:10 PM EDT


NAPLES, Fla -- Cure Alzheimer's and the nation's top Alzheimer's doctor made a special stop in Naples to talk about the progress their foundation has made in the Alzheimer's Genome Project.

Dr. Rudy Tanzi says, "the idea is to identify all of the genes that cause Alzheimer's. In my lab back in the 1980's and 1990's,  we found the first Alzheimer's genes and have been doing that ever since."

Dr. Tanzi sat down with WINK News before a cocktail reception at the Club Pelican Bay. The event was an opportunity for Cure Alzheimer's Fund and Dr. Tanzi to present an update on Alzheimer's research and the progress toward a cure.

Dr. Tanzi says the foundation's goal is to not only cure the disease, but prevent it before it even starts. "We immunize against Polio, so we wipe out Polio, but we can't immunize against Alzheimer's. But, if we know who's at risk and we know who is in trouble and we prevent it early enough, we can eradicate Alzheimer's disease," Dr. Tanzi said. "I like to use the term eradicate Alzheimer's disease rather than cure Alzheimer's. We don't want to have to cure it, we want to end it before it even happens."

The Cure Alzheimer's Fund started in 2005 and in just six years has funded more than 12 million dollars in research. Every penny donated to Cure Alzheimer's goes toward research.

For more information on the Cure Alzheimer's Fund go to www.curealzfund.org