‘We need their brains’: donating to the brain bank in search of a dementia cure

From The Guardian, 14 November 2018: It’s a rainy Wednesday morning and Dr Andrew Affleck is driving more carefully than usual on his way to the Neuroscience Research Australia building in Randwick. It’s not just the slick, crowded roads putting the edge on his caution; in the boot of his car, cocooned in several layers Continue reading ‘We need their brains’: donating to the brain bank in search of a dementia cure

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer’s disease

From ABC News in Science, 18 August 2014: The discovery of a link between Alzheimer’s disease and changes in several genes associated with inflammation opens a new frontier for investigation into the cause of the disease. Two independent studies, published today in Nature Neuroscience, support an emerging theory that inflammation may play a key role Continue reading Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s culprit may be ‘innocent’

From ABC News in Science, 4 April 2013: Amyloid proteins may have been wrongfully accused as the culprits behind Alzheimer’s disease, new research in mice suggests. Two studies – one Australian, one from the US – have examined the role amyloid proteins play in the brain with one study suggesting that far from being a Continue reading Alzheimer’s culprit may be ‘innocent’