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European Affiliates

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Alzheimer Forschung Initiative

The BrightFocus affiliate in Germany is Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V. (AFI). Founded in 1995, AFI now employs ten staff members in its headquarters in Düsseldorf.

Its main objectives are to fund promising Alzheimer's disease research and to provide free information to the public about the disease. AFI is the biggest independent private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research in Germany. It is supported primarily by private donations.

The organization is headed by CEO Oda Şanel, whose background includes the study of law and work in food and beverage and event management in Germany. Şanel's international experience included seven years in Istanbul, Turkey.

Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.
Kreuzstr. 34
D-40210 Düsseldorf
Telephone: ++49-211-86206620
Fax: ++49-211-86206611
Email: o.sanel@alzheimer-forschung.de
Website: www.alzheimer-forschung.de

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  • Dr. Dagmar SalberPublic television channel, ZDF, visited the Alzheimer Forschung Initiative (AFI) / Stiftung Alzheimer Initiative (SAI)* office to interview Dr. Dagmar Salber, CEO of SAI, concerning new research involving nicotine and dementia.
    View the video
    (Dr. Salber's interview starts at minute 10:12).

  • View the research news update and the abstract to the original article on nicotine and dementia.

*Stiftung Alzheimer Initiative (SAI) was founded in 2009 and provides the the opportunity for long-term capital investments that support AFI's Alzheimer's research funding and public education.

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Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek / Fondation Recherche Alzheimer

BrightFocus' sister organization in Belgium, Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (SAO) / Fondation Recherche Alzheimer (FRA), is a nonprofit entity founded in 1995 and operating since 1998. It relies upon donations and legacies from the general public to achieve its goals. The foundation's primary purpose is to support basic, clinical, and diagnostic scientific research regarding the causes and possible treatments of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. SAO/FMRA also provides the public with information about this brain disease.

Since 1998 SAO/FRA, which is the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research in Belgium, has financed 65 scientific projects for a total sum of more than four million Euros.

The organization's president and managing director is Wilfried Nys. Toots Thielemans, the iconic jazz musician, serves as its spokesperson.

Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek / Fondation Recherche Alzheimer
Z.1 Researchpark 310
1731 Zellik
Telephone: +32 (0) 2 424.02.04 or 0800/90361
Fax: +32 (0) 2 424.02.05
Email: info@alzh.org
Website: www.alzh.org

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Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek

The BrightFocus affiliate in the Netherlands is Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (ISAO). This Dutch nonprofit organization conducts scientific research into the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. ISAO also provides information and support to the general public concerning this brain disease. ISAO was founded in 1993 and is entirely dependent on donations from individuals and companies.

Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek
Business Park Stein 108
6181 MA Elsloo
Telephone: 046-411-30-20 of gratis: 0800-022-8880
Email: info@alzheimer.nl
Website: www.alzheimer.nl/

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Ligue Européenne Contre La Maladie d'Alzheimer

The Ligue Européenne Contre la Maladie d'Alzheimer (European League Against Alzheimer's Disease or LECMA) was founded by BrightFocus in April 2005. With BrightFocus' support, LECMA became established in France, raising money to fund French public and not-for-profit research programs. Since 2005, LECMA has funded 21 research programs, contributing more than 1,2 million Euros.

Three brochures created by BrightFocus were translated and adapted into French for LECMA's use: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease; Staying Safe: Wandering & the Alzheimer's Patient; and Care for the Caregiver: Managing Stress. These brochures gave LECMA the impetus to create new brochures and enrich its educational material. The demand for these free brochures increases every month.

Geraldine Drexel De Buchy has served as LECMA's executive director since December 2007. She studied French literature, English, and German at La Sorbonne in Paris. After teaching literature for several years, she worked in film production and development. Passionate about the nonprofit field, she enthusiastically accepted the position as LECMA's executive director in 2007, determined to help develop LECMA and its research and education programs in France.

Ligue Européenne Contre La Maladie d'Alzheimer
47 rue de Paradis
75010 PARIS
Telephone: 01 42 46 50 86
Email: info@maladiealzheimer.fr
Website: www.maladiealzheimer.fr

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Last Review: 01/17/14


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