Phase 1 Clinical Trial to Test Potential Alzheimer's Cure

Research at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has brought a major breakthrough that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer's and other dementia. Clinical trials will start soon to test the concept on humans.

Recommend This Page
Phase 1 Clinical Trial to Test Potential Alzheimer's Cure
3 Min Read June 14th, 2021 Updated:July 1st, 2021

For over 20 years, Professor Michal Schwartz of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has been researching to find a breakthrough on Alzheimer's treatment or a cure. Schwartz's research has shown that it is now possible to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, allowing the body's own immune system to cure Alzheimer's.

The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world's leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. Located in Rehovot, Israel, just south of Tel Aviv, it was initially established as the Daniel Sieff Institute in 1934 by Israel and Rebecca Sieff of London in memory of their son Daniel. In 1949, it was renamed for Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel and Founder of the Institute.

Speaking on the TV Show '62 Who Knew,' Richard Enslein, the National Vice President at American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, said that the research has now proved that Dr. Schwartz's theory that scientists can supercharge the immune system to treat and cure Alzheimer's is now possible.

Super Charged Immune System to Fix the Brain

Enslein told '62 Who Knew' host Mike Banner that the research started in mice. Once shown to be successful with mice, they repeated the success with monkeys. 

Richard Enslein

"They proved the concept in warm-blooded animals, specifically n monkeys, and now they will start the trials in human beings," Enslein said.

The Phase I trial will specifically test the antibody, IBC-Ab002, which is targeted to enhance the immune system and induce brain repair processes in individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Prof. Michal Schwartz

Prof. Michal Schwartz

Professor Schwartz's studies led to her current approach of developing immunotherapies for Alzheimer's disease and dementia that had previously not been considered before. She believes there is a connection between the brain and the immune system regarding health and disease. Breaking this blood-brain barrier in the brain will also for a supercharged immune system to do its job. 

She found that the cognitive performance of the brain is impaired when the immune system is compromised. With Alzheimer's disease and dementia, the immune system's role affects the timing of disease onset and the way it progresses, and that boosting the immune system can modify the disease.

Cure is Possible

The consequences of this clinical trial are enormous as they are not just hoping for a treatment or a delay of symptoms. 

"If successful, this can reverse Alzheimer's," Enslein stated.

Mike Banner says the work of the Weizmann Institute being so close to having a cure for Alzheimer's and other diseases is mind-boggling. Banner, the host of '62 Who Knew', is also the President and CEO of Professional Mortgage Alliance, LLC, and columnist on LTC NEWS. He is one of the leading experts in the United States on reverse mortgages, aging, and long-term care.

Michael Banner

"But with every stride we make to prolong life, we must realize that prolonged life comes at a cost, and most of us, in fact, the great majority of us, are not prepared," Banner said.

Age 90 May Become the New 75

The advances in medical research may increase lifespan by another 20 or 30 years. The increasing longevity will bring a plethora of problems that can have significant consequences on families and finances.

"Ninety might become the new seventy-five in ten years," Banner said. 

With one scientific discovery leads to another discovery. This research will definitely lead to greater longevity and better overall health. Since these discoveries are coming soon, planning now for retirement issues, aging, and long-term care is becoming a major priority.

Recommend This Page

About the Author

Linda is a freelance writer interested in retirement planning, health and aging.

LTC News Contributor Linda Kople

Linda Kople

Contributor since October 31st, 2017

Editor's Note

If there are significant advances in medical science that will cure or treat major diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS, and cancer, it will bring new challenges to retirement.

The need for retirement planning and long-term health care will increase. However, at the moment, we see declines in our health, body, and mind happening sooner than later. We linger with life and require help with daily activities. Most people want to avoid dependence and secure financial independence. 

You should consider actions now to prepare for a future successful retirement and life in the decades beyond retirement age.

Long-Term Care Insurance will provide the guaranteed tax-free resources to pay for your choice of quality care, including in-home care. You will safeguard your income and assets allow time for your family to be family and not be burdened with caregiving. 

Research Tools on LTC NEWS

There are several ways to plan and fund a policy. LTC NEWS offers multiple tools and resources to help you research the financial costs and burdens of aging so you can find an affordable solution. 

Find all the resources on LTC NEWS by clicking here.

One of the best tools is the LTC NEWS Cost of Care Calculator. You can find the current and future costs of long-term health care where you live. This information will help you design an appropriate LTC Insurance policy.

Can Reverse Mortgages Help?

For some people, especially those who have most of their assets in the value of their home or who are already experiencing substantial health problems, a reverse mortgage could be a solution. Today's reverse mortgages can provide tax-free funds for income, care, or even fund the cost of Long-Term Care Insurance. Learn more by clicking here

Share News with LTC NEWS

Include LTC NEWS in your press release distribution. If your group, organization, business, political committee, etc., have news to share, send it to LTC NEWS. Email - 

Get Free LTC Insurance Claims Assistance 

LTC NEWS can arrange for free Long-Term Care Insurance claims processing and care coordination. No cost or obligation. If you have a loved one who has a policy and needs care - don't delay. Use the benefits. 

Click here now.

Become a Guest Contributor for LTC NEWS

You can write for LTC NEWS. Gain exposure for yourself, drive traffic to your website or blog, and improve your SEO. 

Numerous topics fit the LTC NEWS audience. You can even promote yourself, your business, and your website or blog. However, it must have editorial content exclusive for LTC NEWS and cannot be just an advertisement. It can include links to other sites, and you can share the article link once published on your website or social media.

Email your story idea or article: or click here

Marketing and Advertising Opportunities on LTC NEWS

LTC NEWS is a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog and even improve your SEO.

Reach an educated audience. Readers of LTC NEWS are researching retirement issues, including aging, health, caregiving, and long-term care. Other readers seek information for a parent or other loved one experiencing declining health or aging issues and require extended care.   

Many marketing opportunities are available, including sponsored content articles. Sponsored content offers you a long-form way to sell yourself, your company, and your ideas.

Learn more about how LTC NEWS can help you market your business, drive traffic, and improve SEO - click here.

LTC News Trusted & Verified

Work With a Trusted Specialist

Get Accurate Long-Term Care Insurance Quotes

  • Has substantial experience in Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Strong understanding of underwriting, policy design, and claims experience
  • Represents all or most of all the leading insurance companies
man and woman sitting at desk
Connect With a Long-Term Care Specialist

Find Affordable Insurance and the Right Coverage.

LTC News Trusted & Verified
Learn More
  • Latest

  • Oldest

  • Homecare

  • Health

  • Government

  • Care Facilities

  • Pets

  • People

  • Lifestyle

  • Insurance

Step 1 of 4

Find a Specialist

Get Started Today

Trusted & Verified Specialists

Work with a trusted Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist Today

  • Has substantial experience in Long-Term Care Insurance
  • A strong understanding of underwriting, policy design, and claims experience
  • Represents all or most of all the leading insurance companies

LTC News Trusted & Verified

Compare Insurers


Claim this listing

Fill out this short form

Step Number:


Request Listing Edit

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Step Number:


Are you a customer of this business, or are you an employee?