Invite your friends over, gather loved ones, serve some good munchies, and settle in for a night of TV well worth watching. Starting next Saturday, January 29, 2011, CNN will air a documentary film by Felipe Barral. It will focus the attention of viewers around the globe on the terrible scourge that is familial Alzheimer's disease. But more than that, it also showcases a wave of international momentum that is building among inspiring families, committed doctors, scientists - and hopefully industry and regulators - to stop the disease with prevention and therapeutic trials.
Barral, an artist and senior producer at the CNNI/E Special Projects Unit, last August and September traveled to Columbia and across the US to document the plight of families with autosomal-dominant AD. He also features the work of the Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative by Eric Reiman, Pierre Tariot, Jessica Langbaum, at the Banner Alzheimer's Center in Phoeniz, Arizona, and Kenneth Kosik at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The film features extensive footage of members of the Columbian families carrying the presenilin-1 Paisa mutation and of Francisco Lopera, the neurologist who has cared for them for decades and has built a research team and a robust body of data to support prevention trials now.