PBS Premieres UW–Madison Alzheimer’s Documentary

University of Wisconsin-Madison , March 2, 2022

Three women from the film Determined
Three women featured in the independent documentary “DETERMINED.”

We are thrilled to share the news “Determined: Fighting Alzheimer’s” will premiere on the PBS series NOVA Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. CT. Watch a preview now.

Filmed over five years, DETERMINED is an independent documentary portraying the stories of three women and their decision to participate in Alzheimer’s disease research. The film features research participants and scientists at Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP). Find out more about the NOVA premiere on the PBS website.


The independent documentary portrays three women, Barb, Karen and Sigrid, who participate in the WRAP research study and return every two to three years to undergo a multidisciplinary oral cognitive test. This battery of questions looks for problems with their memory that could be a signal of their worst fear—the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

A video still from the film shows WAI Director Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS and a WRAP participant.

Therese Barry-Tanner is a producer of the film and DETERMINED began as her idea in 2011. Barry-Tanner understands Alzheimer’s disease at an intimate level as a person who served as a caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She is also a WRAP Participant. She said she hopes DETERMINED will bring the audience through the emotional journey and difficult decisions made when a loved one lives with or dies from Alzheimer’s disease. She also hopes the film will share the experience of being a research participants and an inside look at the people working to find a cure. Most importantly, she wants to encourage people to take action that the film may inspire.

Read about the film on its website and follow their Facebook page  and Twitter Page for news and updates.

Last Updated on April 1, 2022

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