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San Diego Hospital Makes Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Studies

Posted: Apr. 24th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Studying Alzheimer's
Fox 5 San Diego

The cure for Alzheimer's Disease is seeing some significant progress at San Diego's Scripps Research Institute, and I couldn't be more glad to hear the news. Hopefully the disease can finally get cured and thereby save the lives of millions around the world.

Scientists at Scripps Research Institute say they’re one step closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Neuroscientists at SRI have found a link between Alzheimer’s and an enzyme called AMPK that may lead to treatments to slow down or stop the disease.

“The over activation of AMPK causes synapsis,” said lead researcher Dr. Franck Polleux, professor at Scripps Research Institute’s Dorris Neuroscience Center.

Synapsis is the separation of neurons, which end up contributing to a person’s memory loss, Polleux explained.  When researchers blocked the enzyme on disease models, brain damage slowed down.

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