The statistics are staggering when it comes to neurological diseases and disorders. For example:
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) afflicts about 10% of individuals over the age of 65 and almost half of the U.S. population over 85. By the time today's young adults become senior citizens, the numbers are expected to quadruple, affecting over 16 million people and costing over three-quarters of a trillion dollars per year in this country alone.
Autism (a group of traits and behaviors known clinically as autism spectrum disorder, or ASD) is a developmental disorder that emerges in infants and young children. It is the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder. Twelve years ago, 1 child in 10,000 was diagnosed with it; it now affects 1 in 166 births. Roughly 1.5 million Americans are currently suffering from the disorder. The growth rate is alarming and it is estimated that 4 million people could suffer from Autism by the next decade.
As many as 20,000 Americans have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS and an estimated 5,000 people are diagnosed each year. The disease is fatal, as the life expectancy from the onset of symptoms is only 3-5 years. The cause of ALS is poorly understood, and an estimated 95% of all cases are considered sporadic, occurring at random with no associated risk factors.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological, inflammatory autoimmune disease that can lead to highly debilitating physical conditions for those afflicted with it. It is believed that over 400,000 people in the United States suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. Today, there is no known cure for MS, but there are many treatments used for symptom management that can significantly improve quality of life.
Early intervention and treatment saves lives when treating neurological disorders. Therefore, TGen is focused on improving the ability to diagnose neurological diseases before they strike and on developing new and targeted therapies.
Researchers in TGen's neurogenomics programs are working to identify the underlying genetic causes of diseases and disorders such as autism, Alzheimer's Disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, bipolar disorder and brain tumors.
There are many ways to support TGen's neurological disease research through the TGen Foundation.
Your donation in support of a specific neurological disease that has impacted your life are important to furthering the research of TGen scientists. All gifts at every level make a difference!
Volunteer! Become a TGen Ambassador and help raise funds in your community for neurological disease research. You can also become a member of Bio Leadership and join a network of dedicated individuals and corporations who come together to gain a greater understanding of TGen's research, drug discovery and involvement in patient care.
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To discuss ways to become involved and support neurological disease research at TGen, contact the TGen Foundation at Foundation@tgen.org, or call 602.343.8411.