Zaven Khachaturian, Ph.D, believes we can find a way to prevent Alzheimer's Disease by 2020 - if the nation commits to that goal and rallies the resources to achieve it. This widely recognized pioneer of Alzheimer's research compares achieving this goal to putting a man on the moon, or mapping the human genome. What once sounded impossible was accomplished in 10 years.
I sat down with Khachaturian when he was in town for the opening of an art exhibit organized by neuroscientist and Lifespan executive Peter J. Snyder ("Interstice: Memory, Mind, and Alzheimer's Disease"). We begin our interview with an acknowledgement of the tragic human toll Alzheimer's is taking now. Are there, I ask him, signs of hope?
Zaven Khachaturian is also Senior Science Advisor to the Alzheimer's Association, and Editor-in-Chief of Alzheimer's & Dementia: Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. He's recognized as the architect of the National Institutes of Health's research program on the neurobiology of Alzheimer's.