Funding boost for Scots scientists for Alzheimer’s reserach
The team from the UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh University have received £160,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK.
They want to use the funding to investigate nerve damage caused by Alzheimer’s, which causes the symptoms of dementia.
Over 70,000 Scots live with dementia. Alzheimer’s causes two thirds of cases.
What are they researching?
Their research will focus on microscopic connection points between nerve cells in the brain.
They are essential for thinking, learning and memory. Damage causes the symptoms of dementia.
The Edinburgh scientists have discovered that a protein in the connection points increases when people get the disease.
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