• Making a better future for today’s children before they get there

    Researchers at UK strive to make Alzheimer’s disease a thing of the past

    What is a person if not their thoughts and memories, if not their mind? But Alzheimer’s disease slowly steals a person’s thoughts and memories, taking their life while they’re still living.

    Anika Hartz

    Research at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

    Studies show a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is more terrifying to most Americans than a diagnosis of stroke or cancer. Yet the diagnosis is all too common. Worldwide, more than 46 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is expected to grow to 131.5 million by 2050.

    The toll of this illness is even more devastating when you count the friends and family members who must watch their loved ones slowly fade away.

    But for the researchers at the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), unlocking answers to Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders is a daily mission. By studying both healthy adults and those affected by memory disorders, the scientists are able to zero in on what changes in the brain are part of normal aging, and which are not.

    Alzheimer’s disease will not be the specter it is today.

    If the researchers have their say, someday in the not-too-distant future a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s will not be a sentence of slow and certain death.

    If they have their say, when our children grow up, Alzheimer’s disease will not be the specter it is today.

    The Sanders Brown Center has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other age-related disease for more than 35 years. In 1985, the center was one of the first 10 National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer’s disease Research Centers. Today, SBCoA is known and respected around the world for its work in identifying mechanisms for healthy brain aging and age-related diseases and exploring treatments that may slow down, cure, and/or prevent these diseases entirely.

    They are making progress toward a better world, for us and for our future.

    Visit the Sanders Brown Center’s website for more information on the center and its ongoing research.

    For news about the center and its latest discoveries, visit the center’s news page.

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