Alzheimer's Disease

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Many families have had to go through the pain of watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This devastating disease, which worsens over time, robs people of their ability to remember things, make decisions, and so much more. 

At IMRIC, discoveries are being made to help slow down the process of aging, thereby slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s. It is these discoveries that could allow families to spend more cherished time with their loved ones. 

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Alzheimer's Disease Research

In our IMRIC lab, we are trying to solve a puzzle.

We know that in the course of a cell's lifetime, toxins build up which can impair or drastically alter cellular function. But the real puzzle is why some toxins only start to build up late in life. For example, members of families with a history of Alzheimer's disease seem to develop it at around the same age — late in life. Where is the disease until then?

Latest News

by Rhonda Spivak, posted Dec 20, 2011

In order to understand Alzheimer’s disease, you have to think of chicken soup!

When you make chicken soup, you get all those oil drops that start to form together until you get one big glob of fatty oil. This happens when the oil drops form aggregates.

In a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, along with others from Israel and the US, presented their findings of a previously undescribed cellular mechanism which is essential for keeping cellular calcium concentration low.

 

Israeli researchers at The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at Hebrew U say a new material they are developing that inhibits the aging process could prevent degenerative diseases without affecting lifespan.

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