Why Support Us

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Ataxia and Multiple Sclerosis are some of neurodegenerative diseases  on which IRET Foundation works. These diseases are hidden social emergencies that have to be urgently faced.


  • Affects people over 50 years of age
  • Preponderance increases with age and doubles between 65 and 85 years
  • Women are more affected
  • In Italy around 900.000 cases
  • In Europe 6 millions
  • In the world 18 millions



  • Affects people between 15 and 50 years of age
  • In Italy around 57.000 cases
  • 1 person in Italy every 1,100 is affected
  • Every year 1.800 new cases
  • In Europe 400.000 cases
  • In the world 1,3 millions


  • average age of onset is 55, but cases around the age of 40 are increasing
  • men are mostly affected
  • in Italy around 250.000 cases
  • In Europe 1.5 millions
  • In the world 4.3 millions



  • Is a rare genetic disease
  • There is not a complete census
  • In Italy around 5.000 cases
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia: 1.500 cases in Italy, 50.000 in the world
  • 1 kid / teenager every 50.000 inhabitants is affected

IRET Foundation works to reach this great goal which interests all of us closely.
All incomes from scientific activity performed in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies are reinvested into needed basic research threads to develop tomorrow’s cures.

These research threads are developed as annual scientific workplans, whose costs are often beyond the IRET Foundation’s self-financing capacity.

For this reason the support of all people who believe in the value of scientific progress is needed.
Supporting IRET Foundation we can all give strength to research against neurodegenerative diseases and contribute to the achievement of a great shared goal.

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