Inside Geoffrey Beene’s Approach to Alzheimer’s Funding

Alzhiemer’s is a fatal, degenerative neurological disease with no cure, and funders support Alzheimer's research in many ways. Some focus on drug development, others on caregiving or treatment facility upgrades. However, the philanthropic arm of fashion brand Geoffrey Beene believes that the early stages of the disease hold the key to effective prevention and treatment. And so organizations that focus on the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms are the ones that receive Geoffrey Beene’s support.

Let’s take a closer look at what the Geoffrey Beene Alzheimer’s Initiative has been supporting lately.

The initiative has collaborated with the BrightFocus Foundation, Cleveland Clinic/Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, and UsAgainstAlzheimer's to form the 21st Century BrainTrust, which is a “virtual research ecosystem designed to empower personal brain health and support early diagnosis using self-administered mobile applications for personal measurement and monitoring of cognition." Recent work has been about women and Alzheimer’s.

According to a press release:

Women's brains are more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease and other problems associated with cognitive function. Women are twice as likely as men to have Alzheimer's and dementia and twice as likely to care for a loved one with the disease. Yet, until now, there has been virtually no concerted drive to fund research on women's brain health around the world and no global cooperation among women leaders.

This is a good example of how the initiative supports technical applications that help people monitor their brain health and seek treatment for Alzheimer’s as early as possible. Geoffrey Beene also supported the NIH effort for a big data portal related to Alzheimer’s drugs.

Recently, the foundation has supported efforts toward public involvement and education. The HBO documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project was supported by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative to raise awareness of this growing epidemic. The initiative’s president, Meryl Comer, was also featured in a new series of videos released by Janssen Research & Development, LLC, about caregiving for the disease.

Your best point of contact to get in touch with Geoffrey Beene to discuss its Alzheimer’s support is broadcast journalist, author, and initiative president Meryl Comer. She’s based in D.C. and can be reached via email at alzheimers@geoffreybeene.com. You can learn more about her approach to the disease and research for it on Huffington Post.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile: Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment.