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Stress Granules and Neurodegenerative Disease—What’s the Scoop?

The formation of cytoplasmic inclusions called stress granules is one of nature’s many ways of coping with adverse situations. It appears that these inclusions sequester non-essential messenger RNAs, allowing cells to focus on making proteins, such as ...

Evolution of AD Trials

In a sign that researchers are grappling with therapy development, the 4th International Conference on Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease was filled beyond the capacity of its venue, drawing 522 researchers from around the globe. Held 3-5 ...

Resolving Controversies on the Path to AD Therapeutics

Alzforum was pleased to partner with the journals Nature Medicine and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery in hosting a Webinar panel discussion on Thursday, 29 September 2011. At issue were a Perspective article by Dennis Selkoe on "Resolving controversies ...

Volunteers Help Scientists Explore Down’s, Alzheimer’s Nexus

Children born with Down’s syndrome can receive excellent healthcare at specialized clinics, but once they become adults, their care often falls to doctors who may be less qualified to deal with their specific needs. The new Down Syndrome Center for ...

Adding Dynamics and Nuance to Alzheimer’s Staging

Being able to image amyloid, glucose metabolism, atrophy, even network connectivity in living patients has been a boon for those trying to stage the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission ...

How Cognitive Stimulation Might Protect Against Aβ Oligomers

Cognitive stimulation has been shown to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but what actually happens in the brain to confer protection? In the March 6 Neuron, researchers led by Dennis Selkoe report that β2-adrenergic signaling plays a key role. Wild ...

The AD8—Dementia Screen Ready for Prime Time?

Have you been waiting for a quick yet reliable test for early dementia? The AD8 might be your answer. The interview-based screening tool detects early cognitive impairment, has been validated against the clinical dementia rating scale and against ...

Neuroinflammation—A Prelude to Alzheimer's?

Neuroinflammation plays a major role in Alzheimer's disease, but whether it represents a cause or a response to pathology is unclear. In the November 27 Nature Reviews Neurology, Dimitrije Krstic and Irene Knuesel argue that age-related chronic ...

Clearing the Fog Around Aβ Oligomers

Like calling a spade a spade? What about an Aβ oligomer? The study of this peptide’s oligomers has taken off in the last decade. Many labs have developed their own favorite means of making, purifying, and studying them. Researchers have isolated dimers, ...

Calcium in AD Pathogenesis

A Live Webinar Discussion was held on 29 October 2008, with presentations from Ilya Bezprozvanny, Beth Stutzmann, Kevin Foskett, Kim Green, and Brian Bacskai and Kishore Kuchibhotla. This live discussion began with a Webinar featuring a slide talk with ...

Mice on Trial? Issues in the Design of Drug Studies

Tiny and timid though it may be, the humble house mouse is not only one of the most successful mammalian species on Earth, but is also the dominant model organism for medical research, especially because of the ease with which it can be genetically ...

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