Ep. 39: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Part I with Drs. Diane Bovenkamp, Frank LaFerla, and Bruce Lamb
Release Date: 11/27/2018
This week’s episode marks the 1st of a series focused on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. All episodes were recorded in San Diego, CA, where Connor Wander attended the BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Disease Fast Track conference, followed by the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is a well-known conference, which drawing 28 thousand people annually. In contrast, AD Fast Track is a much smaller conference put on by BrightFocus, a foundation built to support AD and glaucoma research and awareness. Many of the speakers at the event were directly supported by BrightFocus (Lamb, Brinton, Head, Grinberg).
Alzheimer’s disease research is reinventing itself in the wake of past failures. New understandings of disease complexity, paired with recent advances in technology and a renewed surge in funding for research fuels new hope for a cure or treatment. Yet we aren’t putting all our eggs in one basket. This series will explore Alzheimer’s disease research and the variety of research strategies with the common goal of curing Alzheimer’s disease.
In This Episode
Listen in to hear an overview of the BrightFocus AD Fast Track conference and current standing of Alzheimer’s disease research. We also focus on animal models of Alzheimer’s disease.
@21:00 Dr. Frank LaFerla breaks down amyloid beta and tau in Alzheimer's disease research.
Special thanks to all podcasts guests and to Martha and Rachel from BrightFocus!
Listen to a brief summary of Alzheimer’s disease signs and symptoms with Dr. Diane Bovenkamp.
Find more quick chats on the BrightFocus Foundation website, including some tips and support for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers.
The amyloid cascade hypothesis is commonly discussed in Episode 41: Alzheimer’s disease roundtable.
Listen to a discussion of Amyloid beta’s putative role as an ancient ant-microbial peptide in the brain in Episode 13: Amyloid Beta: Villain, or Hero in Alzheimer’s Disease?
This possible role for Amyloid beta is important in the Amyloid cascade hypothesis; the idea that amyloid beta is the first thing to go wrong in AD, and triggers a chain reaction causing tau to aggregate and kill neurons. This is a commonly discussed hypothesis in Alzheimer’s research, and is often referenced in this series.
Learn more with a detailed infographic on the Amyloid cascade hypothesis. It’s in a perspective piece discussing the recent developments in AD research by Biogen, and Eisai, two companies working on Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics like such as anti-amyloid or anti-tau antibodies, which have shown some promise in AD clinical trials.
For more in-depth analysis of developments in AD and other neurodegenerative diseases, check out Alzforum.org for Alzheimer’s disease background reading.
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