New Challenge Offers Scientists $4M in Prize Money to Find Cause of Alzheimer’s

New Challenge Offers Scientists $4M in Prize Money to Find Cause of Alzheimer’s
A retired U.S. executive has given $5 million to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Sciences to establish a contest that challenges scientists to find the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, building on work begun by pioneering neuroscientist Oskar Fischer more than a century ago. The challenge, aptly named the Oskar Fischer Project, also hopes to help identify therapeutic targets for patients living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders. Announced during the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting this month in San Diego, the two-year challenge includes a top individual prize of $2 million, two second-place awards of $500,000 each, and four $250,000 third-place prizes. The contest is open to scientists worldwide. “A century has passed since Oskar Fischer’s seminal work, and tens of billions have been spent around the world on research and potential cures. Over 130,000 research papers have been published and yet no definitive explanation and cure for Alzheimer’s has been found,” said project benefactor James Truchard in a press release. “We need to look at Alzheimer’s as a big complex puzzle with a missing piece. We need a brilliant individual who can take all of the pieces and consider what each offers, and then develop one explanation that fits because it pulls all of the pieces together and makes the puzzle whole.” Through the project, scientists will engage in a comprehensive literature review with the
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