£58k for dementia research

A scientist from Southampton has been awarded £58,000 for dementia research.

Alzheimer's Research UK gives £58,000 for new study

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero working in the laboratory Credit: Alzheimer's Research UK

A Southampton scientist has been awarded more that £58,000 by Alzheimer's Research UK to study chemical signals in the brain in Alzheimer's disease.

The research will study signals that control learning and memory in the brain to help understand the disease and to hopefully find new treatments.

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero will train a PhD student Sarmi Sri to help look into the early symptoms of the disease.

Sarmi said, "We are really interested in whether there is a time window during which nerve cells are particularly vulnerable to damage.

"Hopefully, our findings will inform new ways to reverse or prevent nerve cell damage in Alzheimer's."

Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer's Research said, "Understanding the changes in Alzheimer's is important because this is when potential new treatments are likely to be most effective."