Can Lost Memories Be Restored in Alzheimer’s Patients?

Can Lost Memories Be Restored in Alzheimer’s Patients?
shutterstock_128636027A recent study published in the journal eLife suggests that it might be possible to restore lost memories. Over the past century, evidence suggested that long-term memories are expressed in the brain by changes in synaptic connections, which are destroyed in neurodegenerative disorders. However, in a recent news release, Dr. David Glanzman, senior author of the study, and professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology at UCLA said "Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse. That's a radical idea, but that's where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won't be easy, but I believe it's possible." In their study entitled ”Reinstatement of long-term memory following erasure of its behavioral and synaptic expression in Aplysia,” a team of resea
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