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[29-03-2012 to 30-04-2012]

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£200K boost for St Andrews dementia research


The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust has donated £200,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The money will go towards a major research project at the University of St Andrews, investigating the role of a protein, Endophilin 1, in Alzheimer’s disease.


Prof Frank Gunn-Moore, who is leading this research at the University of St Andrews, said:
“This research is of significant importance as the Endophilin 1 protein has only recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The project started in 2010 and will last three years. I can’t tell you how pleased we are to receive this generous donation and the continued support of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“We have found that the Endophilin 1 protein makes the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein ‘amyloid’ more toxic. This leads to the death of nerve cells and symptoms of dementia. It is now crucial that my team find out more about Endophilin 1’s role during Alzheimer’s. This will lead to a greater understanding of the causes of the disease and establish whether Endophilin 1 could be harnessed as a potential drug treatment.”

see here for further details
contact: Prof Frank Gunn-Moore


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