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The Allen Institute in Seattle announced today their 2018 Next Generation Leaders, a group of six early-career neuroscientists who will participate in a special advisory council for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a division of the Allen Institute.
Pictured: Dr. Brianne Kent. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.
As anyone who has ever lain awake in the dark hours after going to bed will attest, sleep is complicated and a lack of it can be disruptive to every aspect of one’s life. Deep sleep is important for a number of brain functions, and essential in clearing the brain of toxic proteins such as beta-amyloid, which can accumulate in the brain over the course of the day. Beta-amyloid proteins contribute to the plaques that form in the brain in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Image source: UBC School of Music.
“There are a lot of technology solutions that have the potential to help older adults, and people with dementia and their caregivers,” says Dr. Julie Robillard. “The problem is, most of them don’t get used. Technology that stays on the shelf doesn’t benefit anyone.”
Dr. Weihong Song has recently published two studies in the journal Molecular Psychiatry that provide insight into the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Diseases of the brain and blood vessels, such as stroke, are the second most common cause of dementia; nearly 40 per cent of dementia diagnoses are related to stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and each stroke doubles an individual’s risk of dementia. One in six adults will undergo a stroke in their lifetime. A study called Vitality, from Dr.
Pictured: members of the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders clinic and research teams.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer disease is about more than the individual; Alzheimer disease and other dementias affect families and communities as well, and for anyone affected by Alzheimer disease and related disorders, the annual Alzheimer Update has been a place to learn about the latest discoveries and find hope in the future of research.