Rock star scientist working to end Alzheimer's

Posted at 11:42 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 02:43:58-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A Rock Star of Science came to San Diego to speak to medical students at UC San Diego about the latest research in Alzheimer’s.

While here, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Vice-Chair of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital met up with 10News Anchor Kimberly Hunt.

Dr. Tanzi discussed his latest research, drugs in trial that may be able to wipe out the Alzheimer's decades before symptoms, and testing to target the inflammation associated with memory loss.

Tanzi also spoke to Hunt about his other passion. His love of music.

This passion has taken him down an unlikely path. One that has him performing live with famed guitarist Joe Perry, and playing keyboards on the last Aerosmith album.

“If you can find creative success in music, that can be instant, then that will feed longer term successes in science that might take 10 years. It allows you to stick with it," Tanzi said. "Scientific success takes years, in music you can have success in a solo in a few minutes. Creative success, breeds creative success…so one feeds the other.” 

Tanzi also co-wrote an Alzheimer’s anthem with The Voice and Phantom star Chris Mann. The two have performed the song together with Chris singing and Tanzi on keyboards. It’s first release of ‘Remember Me’ went viral.

"When I can't find the words I'm trying to speak, when I don't know the face in the mirror I see...when I feel like I'm forgotten and lost in this world...won't you please remember me...remember me."