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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."

Star support from Fox-Pitt

Equestrian Olympian from Sturminster Newton in Dorset, William Fox-Pitt, has joined a line-up of famous faces who are backing Alzheimer’s Research UK. The charity specialises in finding preventions, better forms of diagnosis, new treatments and a cure for dementia.

William explained his motivation for endorsing Alzheimer’s Research UK’s involvement in the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials:

“Badminton is one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events. Each year it provides a wonderful platform for its nominated charity to raise awareness.

"Alzheimer’s Research UK is a hugely deserving cause, dedicated to defeating dementia and giving hope to people now and future generations. I hope as many people as possible will join me in supporting the research experts to help raise much needed funds.”

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