Untangling Alzheimer’s

Untangling Alzheimer’s is a dramatic and inspiring medical investigation driven by David Suzuki’s journey to understand the science of Alzheimer’s and the surprising new insights into its cause.

David has a very personal interest in the disease because his mother, aunt and two uncles died of it. We join David on an intimate journey as he explores the newest breakthroughs in this devastating disease as well as his own chances of contracting the cruel condition.

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Alzheimer’s today is the only leading cause of death that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Worse, it’s the only leading cause of death that is on the rise – and not simply because baby-boomers are getting older. Studies show that the increase is absolute across all age groups, and death rates continue to climb. With a new case developing every 69 seconds, scientists now speak of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.

Despite decades of work and millions of dollars invested in research, to this day no one knows what exactly causes this most deadly dementia. But surprising new theories about the roots of Alzheimer’s may now be untangling the mystery.

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Roberto Verdecchia – Director
Untangling Alzheimer’s is directed and written by Roberto Verdecchia. His work has covered many intriguing subjects from the arms trade to ultra-high energy particle physics. Most recently, his CBC documentary on how the Andes might just save the world won Best Environmental Documentary at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival.

Andrew Binnington – Camera
Andrew Binnington’s career in the Film/Television industry spans over 30 years, including 19 years employed as a Cameraman in the CBC Film Production Department. Over that time, he has photographed award-winning dramatic, documentary, promotional and performance productions, working regularly on such series as “The Nature Of Things”, as well as on films with artists like Quincy Jones, Kurt Browning, and Oscar Peterson. Recent projects have included the CBC’s, “Geologic Journey” and “The New Green Giants”, for The Nature of Things.

Tony Coleman – Editor
Tony Coleman has excelled as a writer, producer, director, editor, visual effects designer and cinematographer for over twenty years. Five feature films, dozens of documentaries and countless other broadcast productions later, his work has garnered numerous international and domestic film and broadcast awards. His focus is to create highly watchable productions by bringing out the best in himself and others, emphasizing the visual aspects of emotional storytelling and having a laugh while he’s at it.

Annette Bradford

associate producer
Robert Ballantyne
Olena Sullivan

directed and written by
Roberto Verdecchia

produced by
Roberto Verdecchia
Donna Zuckerbrot

director of photography
Andrew Binnington
Tony Coleman

original music
Geoff Bennett
Andre Hirz
Ben Johannesen

associate producer
Joshua Zuckerbrot

graphic design
Christian Castel
location sound
Ian Challis
Bryan Kweskin
Glenn Abbey
Rich Jacobs

Paolo Malo
Lorraine Grant

sound editor
Alan Geldart

sound mixer
Brandon Prodger
narration recording
Rob Sinko

online editor
Colin Campbell

legal affairs
Richard Hanet
Richard Warburton

Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.

stock footage/archival visuals
Library and Archives Canada
Suzuki-Cullis Family

with special thanks to
Barbara and Robert Linton
Boston University Photonics Center
Brown University
Courtenay-Fraschetti Family
David Johnson
Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank
Jewish General Hospital – Montreal
Krembil Neuroscience Centre – Toronto Western Hospital
Reiswig Family
Virtual Dementia Tour – Second Wind Dreams
Suzuki-Cullis Family
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

a Reel Time Images production

executive producers
Daniel Zuckerbrot
Donna Zuckerbrot

produced in association with

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2013

senior producer
FM Morrison

executive producer
Sue Dando

 2013 Perplexing Pictures Inc./Reel Time Images Inc. All Rights Reserved
for the nature of things

online editing
Jessica Nardi

associate director
Renée Moreau

unit production manager
June Hall

senior manager
Documentary Unit
Wilma Alexander

senior producers
FM Morrison
Caroline Underwood
for the nature of things

executive producer
Sue Dando

executive director
Documentary Programming
Mark Starowicz
The Nature of Things
with David Suzuki

produced by
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Untangling Alzheimer’s Press Release (PDF)
David Suzuki Interview with Mary Ito on Fresh Air on CBC Radio – Listen
David Suzuki Interview on Breakfast Television Toronto – Watch
David Suzuki Interview with the Toronto Star – Read
Article in the Vancouver Sun – Read
Article in StarWeek – PDF
MSN Canada – What to Watch – Read
CTVNews – Science and Tech – Read
Daniel Zuckerbrot Interview with FernTV – Read
David Suzuki Interview with The Globe and Mail – Read
David Suzuki Interview with Mike Crisolago – Read or Watch
David Suzuki Interview with Jian Ghomeshi – Watch