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In the Netherlands, as many as 5 people with dementia are diagnosed every hour. The number of people with dementia is expected to rise to over half a million by 2040. In 70% of these cases, it's Alzheimer's disease. It's a disease that affects us all, and there is currently no cure. On average, people live with the disease for about 6,5 years, impacting patients, their families and friends, and society significantly. While Alzheimer's is common, the path from initial symptoms to diagnosis is often lengthy. A staggering 69% of caregivers report that it took more than a year to receive a dementia diagnosis! Currently, a definitive diagnosis can only be made through a spinal tap. However, with your help, this is about to change. Researcher Marlies Gijs made the groundbreaking discovery that Alzheimer's disease can be detected using tears. Instead of an invasive spinal tap – a procedure that is not possible for all patients – collecting a tear drop may be sufficient in the future. This method can also help monitor the progression of the disease more effectively. After all, you only get one spinal tap, but tears are readily available. A fast and patient-friendly diagnostic method for Alzheimer's Marlies Gijs's research has demonstrated that Alzheimer's can be diagnosed using tear fluid. However, it is not yet possible to implement this method in clinical practice. We still need €25,000 for validation research and further development into a new Alzheimer's test. This represents a significant innovation in detecting this life-threatening disease. Perhaps, in a few years, we'll also have a 'simple' self-test for Alzheimer's. With the new diagnostic method, fewer to no spinal taps will be necessary, patients and their families will receive earlier diagnoses, and the disease's progression can be better monitored or even predicted. Patients and their families can then adjust lifestyle factors earlier to slow down the disease. Additionally, a treatment for Alzheimer's might become closer as information can be obtained at multiple stages of the disease process. So, donate now... for a new diagnostic method for Alzheimer's. About the project owner Dr. Marlies Gijs is a biochemist and university lecturer at the University Eye Clinic of the Maastricht UMC+. She is fascinated by tears, which she believes are not only a valuable source of disease-specific substances but also provide other unique insights. For example, newborn babies cry without tears. Gijs is also the founder of the Tear Research Network, which brings together ophthalmologists and scientists involved in tear fluid research from around the world. Gijs is particularly interested in what the eye can mean for brain disorders and was the first researcher in the world to detect Alzheimer's in tear fluid. Source of statistics: Alzheimer Nederland UM Crowd is part of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. This fund is a recognised 'algemeen nut beogende instelling' (ANBI). This means that your donation is fully or partially tax deductible. You will receive an automatic email with a receipt after your donation. Click here for more information about ANBI.
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Golden support for Annual Fund Campaign 23/24

12-06-2024 | 14:28 In December 2023, we launched the Annual Fund Campaign: an initiative that the Fund has been proud to organise for 14 consecutive years. We joined forces for four unique projects we highly care about. This year, 572 people donated over 45.000 euros!The donations will benefit an art therapy for heart patients, energy poverty reduction in the region, vitality and exercise programmes for the elderly, and scholarships for underprivileged young people. In recent years, we have seen an upward trend in the number of donors. More and more staff, alumni and external organisations and individuals are known with the Annual Fund campaign. We are grateful for yet another wonderful amount of donations and your golden support! Getting active for HeArt Ma’at ♥What made this edition extra special, were the many activities you started for the HeArt Ma’at project. Over 30 activities were registered on UM Crowd. These included running, workshops and selling art. It is heartwarming to see how many of you got active – literally – for this wonderful cause. That calls for a celebration, the ladies of HeArt Ma’at must have thought (photo)! An extra thanks goes to The Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), who doubled the target amount of 25,000 euros. ‘We would like to thank everyone who donated. Thanks to your generosity, we can now launch research into art therapy in cardiac patients. This offers a valuable opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of countless heart patients struggling with severe mental health problems.’ – Team HeArt Ma’at Would you like to contribute to a good cause? Check out our current campaigns.
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17-07-2024 | 17:13 To: In a split second... support the battle against brain injury! Ik ondersteun hersenstrijd vanwege: De bezieling van Marcel Ariës En de impact welke dit initiatief kan hebben voor veel mensen!