Tackling Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease
Research funded by donors and charitable foundations is enabling Profesor David Allsop and the Division of Biomedical & Life Sciences to advance groundbreaking work on the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Finding a way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease (and other neurodegenerative diseases) much earlier in its cycle would give people the opportunity to start medication earlier, slowing the progression of the disease. This would have a major impact both on the quality of life of people with neurodegenerative diseases and their families, and on national healthcare budgets.
"These diseases are characterised by the accumulation in the brain of one or more abmnormal proteins. I am interested in understanding how these proteins cause damage to the brain and also in the development of new 'molecular markers' for these diseases in human body fluids (blood and spinal fluid), so that they can be diagnosed with more certainty at an earlier stage." - Professor David Allsop (pictured above).
Another aspect of his research is the discovery and development of new drugs that can block the toxic effects of these proteins in the brain.
Philanthropic funding is allowing Professor Allsop to take his research further. In particular, it is focused on new molecular biomarkers for dementia and Motor Neuron disease, and on understanding how nerve cells might die in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
It is essential that the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division has a regular supply of expensive materials such as reagents (substances or compounds that are added to systems in order to bring about chemical reactions, or added to see if any reaction occurs). Donations ensure that these materials can be purchased to support this important work and to find the answers which will help future Alzheimer's disease sufferers and their families.
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