Cerveau Technologies and Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Sign Research Agreement

Cerveau Technologies and Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Sign Research Agreement
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Cerveau Technologies are partnering in research on the stages of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Wisconsin established the center in 2009 to focus on preclinical Alzheimer’s. Cerveau is a partnership between Enigma Biomedical Group and Sinotau Pharmaceutical Group. It was created to develop diagnostics and technology for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Research projects developed under the Wisconsin-Cerveau agreement will focus on neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. The tangles, made up of aggregates of tau protein, are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. Researchers want to know whether an early-stage imaging agent, MK-6240, can be used in positron emission tomography (PET) scans to evaluate the status and progression of the tangles. A research team at the University of California, Berkeley, used PET scans for the first time in March of 2016 to depict the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s. The team also uncovered an important association between Alzheimer's and two proteins: tau and amyloid-beta. The study, “PET Imaging of Tau Deposition in the Aging Human Brain," was published in Neuron. In the past decade, many scientists have concluded that the tau protein is likely a key player in Alzheimer’s progression. The Berkeley study confirmed that, as a person ages, tau protein accumulates in the medial temporal lobe, the area of the brain associated with memory. The research further concluded that the deposits were correlated with a decline in memory. A key finding was that the older people are, the more tau accumulation in their brain. Another important finding was that when protein spread to other parts of the brain,
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