David Suzuki's personal stake in Alzheimer's research


Choose your adventure: You can either listen to Jian's chat with David Suzuki by clicking on the listen button, or watch it in the video player embedded below.
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David Suzuki has explored many medical issues on his long-running show The Nature of Things -- Lyme disease, obesity, neuroplasticity -- but his latest research on Alzheimer's disease has a deeply personal bent.

The award-winning geneticist knows all too well that his odds of contracting the condition are high. His mother died of it, and two of his uncles and an aunt also suffered from dementia.

Jian speaks with Suzuki about his family's history with Alzheimer's, the setbacks and breakthroughs in treating the disease, and whether he meant it when he said he'd "just as soon be put down" if he lost his cognitive capabilities.

The documentary Untangling Alzheimers airs Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m. local time on CBC-TV. You can watch a promo for the show below.
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