Do you have the protein which may cause Alzheimer’s disease?

New treatment for serious diseases are being found all the time – here’s your chance to make a difference to Alzheimer’s research

New treatment for serious diseases are being found all the time – here’s your chance to make a difference to Alzheimer’s research

Dementia appears to be at the top of news agendas at the moment, and with good reason. With an aging population and life expectancy longer than ever, the number of dementia sufferers is on the rise.

Re:Cognition Health is at the forefront of dementia research and from its base at Plymouth Science Park, it has developed trials which could help identify the causes of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A friendly dedicated team
There is a protein in the brain which could be the key to unlocking the disease, and you could be a part of clinical trials which could pave the way to finding medication to combat Alzheimer’s.

Dr Stephen Pearson, research lead at Re:Cognition says: “Amyloid is a soluble protein, present in all our brains, and is naturally cleared from the brain.

Working hard to research Alzheimer’s disease
“For some reason, in Alzheimer’s disease this protein starts clumping together to form insoluble plaques which are present in the brain.

“These plaques are about 2 or 3 mm in diameter and, when stained, are visible to the naked eye.”

The theory is that accumulation of this protein is part of the primary disease process. Dr Pearson adds: “Treatments are being developed to potentially clear these insoluble plaques, in the hope that this will lead to disease modification.”

There are many different types of dementia but the most common by far is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of dementia cases.

Taking time to understand the causes of dementia
In fact, it is so common that the terms ‘Alzheimer’s’ and ‘dementia’ are used interchangeably according to Dr Pearson: “As a person advances over the age of 65 the incidence of dementia increases, although interestingly, some older people can live to great ages and remain entirely cognitively intact with no evidence of dementia.”

Dr Pearson is one of the dedicated researchers determined to seek out new treatments for the debilitating condition. He says: “Research is continuing apace into the causes of Alzheimer’s so that we can better understand this disease and find modifying treatments that one day may lead to prevention.”

You can take part in vital research
“Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and usually presents very gradually. As such, there are stages of illness, preclinical (before the disease has clinically presented), prodromal (the time between initial symptoms and the development of the disease) or early symptoms, sometimes called MCI or Mild Cognitive Impairment and then mild moderate and severe stages of disease.”

How you can get involved

There are two new trials open at Re:Cognition Health:

One is recruiting healthy volunteers aged over 60, who do not have any symptoms but are worried they may develop Alzheimer’s Disease in the future. This is a five-year international trial of an investigational treatment which may help delay memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Re:Cognition Health is also recruiting patients aged over 50 with very early memory problems to a clinical trial aiming to potentially slow down disease progression.
Dr Pearson and his research team will happily talk to anyone who is interested in taking part in one of these trials, and they are able to offer a short cognitive assessment for anyone who is concerned about their memory.

The Re:Cognition Health research team is available on 01752 875604. 

Source: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/special-features/you-protein-cause-alzheimers-disease-413022

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