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About Charles Piller

Charles Piller is an investigative reporter for Science. He previously worked as an investigative journalist for STAT, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sacramento Bee, and has reported on basic and clinical research, public health, biological warfare, infectious disease outbreaks, and other topics from the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America.

How I did it: Reporting on apparent misconduct in influential Alzheimer’s research

Charles Piller

Alzheimer’s disease afflicts more than 6 million Americans. Yet since 1906, when Alois Alzheimer first saw characteristic sticky plaques in the brain of a deceased patient who had suffered from dementia, the search for a cure has seen failure after painful failure. That seemingly endless frustration was one reason my July investigation of suspect research into the cause of the disease and a questionable experimental drug to treat it became global news covered by hundreds of media outlets.

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