Stem Cell Tech May Aid Alzheimer’s Research

Dr. Daphne Robakis, writing for ABC News, explains that “with 5.4 million of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a proven treatment or cure remains elusive.  And the methods scientists are using to study the disease have yet to yield much in the way of understanding, much less treatment, of the disease.

But researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a technology using stem cells to more accurately model what goes wrong in diseased brain cells of  Alzheimer’s sufferers.  Their findings will be published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

In the study, researchers took skin cells from patients who died from Alzheimer’s disease.  Then, employing newly developed stem-cell technology, they turned them into brain cells to closely replicate those found in living Alzheimer’s patients. This process allows researchers to manipulate the diseased cells in the laboratory for what they hope will be a more effective way to study the disease.  In the long run, it is hoped that this research will lead to the discovery of new drugs to treat the disease.”

Learn more about this study:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/01/25/stem-cell-tech-may-aid-alzheimers-research/

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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