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Private benefactor supports Alzheimer's research at LiU

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. It is the most common form of dementia and a leading cause of death. The patient's brain exhibits a plaque build-up consisting of deposited protein fragments. Dementia is thought to be caused by an interaction of plaque and tangles formed from dying neural cells. Study of the cause of Alzheimer's disease and, in the long-term, development of a treatment will be significantly aided by an earmarked one million kronor (approx 100 000 €) donation to Linköping University.

The benefactor is a local resident who wishes to remain anonymous.

The donation will contribute to the continuation of the work done by the LiU research team working with Alzheimer's disease and other disorders related to protein folding errors.

"We are immeasurably grateful to receive this sizeable private donation," announces Per Hammarström, Associate Professor of Biochemistry. "Our research mission is to understand these folding errors and seek ways to prevent them. To this end, funding is essential."

Professor Hammarström and his colleagues will be able now to acquire equipment to study folding structures in minute detail. Together with the other team members, Peter Nilsson, Stefan Thor, Jan Marcusson, Katarina Kågedal and Martin Hallbeck, he anticipates in-depth studies on how plaque influences the breakdown of neural cells.

"The ability to block the interaction between plaque and tangles would be a key step to future treatment," he concludes.


2008-02-06




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