Take a look at this article detailing new research on Alzheimer’s disease funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
A study, published today in the journal Brain, has found that blocking a receptor in the brain responsible for regulating immune cells could protect against the memory and behaviour changes seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The research was jointly funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
It was originally thought that Alzheimer’s disease disturbs the brain’s immune response, but this latest study adds to evidence that inflammation in the brain can in fact drive the development of the disease. The findings suggest that by reducing this inflammation, progression of the disease could be halted.
The team hope the discovery will lead to an effective new treatment for the disease, for which there is currently no cure.
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