The Alzheimer’s Clinical Trail Consortium (ACTC), led by research teams from the University of Southern California, San Diego, Harvard, and Mayo Clinic, was developed to accelerate research in Alzheimer’s and related neurodegenerative diseases. The University of Southern California has been awarded $13.98M from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH), who is leading the federal effort in this specialized field of research. The consortium’s objective is to find new and successful ways to treat and prevent this disorder, with support expected to total nearly $70 million over a five-year period. Additionally, another $19.8 million in funding has recently been awarded to the University of Southern California for other research projects related to Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.Read More
The Human Computation Institute, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and other institutions, has developed a new game called Stall Catchers that will allow the public to directly contribute to research for a cure to Alzheimer's disease. In the online game, participants will view movies of real blood vessels in mouse brains and search for any clogged capillaries, or stalls. Capillary stalls, where blood is no longer flowing, are thought to be a key cause of Alzheimer's disease.
Neuroscience is an ever-expanding life science field. There is so much still unknown about the brain and diseases that affect it, and scientists are constantly performing research and publishing new findings. Diseases such as Alzheimer's, which affects memory and causes behavioral problems, are continually being investigated with the ultimate goal of finding a cure and creating new treatment methods. Recently, a team of researchers found a connection between the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's Disease and certain inflammatory cells in the brain.Read More