The fight to end Alzheimer’s has gained a lot of traction in recent years. So much so that the Department of Health has set a very ambitious goal to eliminate the disease by the year 2025. Although there is still much to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and still more to learn about how to prevent or cure it, the multifaceted research industry has expanded beyond trying to understand the disease. These days there are dozens of Alzheimer’s research facilities, each dedicated to specific aspects of the disease. Some study its progression, others work tirelessly to slow or end it, while some investigate its origins.
There are still many things researchers have to learn about Alzheimer’s before a breakthrough is made. As a leading provider of Cincinnati Alzheimer’s care and in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Home Care Assistance is dedicating this blog to several notable research facilities that have made some major advances in the study of Alzheimer’s disease.
1. The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS)
Formed in 1991, the ADCS works tirelessly to find and test pharmaceuticals that slow the progression or altogether cure the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. During their research, they found that they can delay the moderate effects of Alzheimer’s by six months after administering selegiline and vitamin E to subjects. In addition to their work to find a cure, they have also conducted studies to control agitation and aggression in Alzheimer’s patients.
2. The John’s Hopkins School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
The wide variety of clinical studies conducted by this facility includes the imaging of amyloid plaques with a high-field MRI. The theory behind this study is that these amyloid plaques are the cause of deterioration in the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient. With these high-field MRI scans, it is believed that researchers can diagnose those with Alzheimer’s disease with certainty. The John’s Hopkins School is also conducting research regarding the role of other brain chemicals that could be responsible for the onset of Alzheimer’s.
3. Yale University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit
The primary goal for Yale’s research facility is to analyze and understand the genetic aspects of Alzheimer’s. Along with studying the heredity of Alzheimer’s, the institute was also responsible for testing the only approved late-stage treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, memantine. Like John’s Hopkins, they are also in the process of working with amyloid imaging and amyloid inhibitors.
4. Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
This multifaceted research center is tackling various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Most notably, they are conducting a study involving the role of tau proteins in the development of the disease. In addition to Alzheimer’s research, they also provide outreach programs to patients and their families.
Although there is a lot of research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, there is still much more to be discovered. With the help of research facilities like the aforementioned institutes, we are that much closer to understanding how this disease works and how we can cure it.
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