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Researchers to identify knowledge gaps in Tasmania to tailor dementia education

From plant nurseries direct to researchers – the funds raised from Plant Management Australia’s Dianthus ‘Memories’ flowers have now been placed in good hands.

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New protective mechanism found in Alzheimer’s disease

An Australian research team funded by the AADRF have shed light on a neuro-protective mechanism in Alzheimer’s disease, challenging previously held ideas and unlocking new treatment possibilities.

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Amyloid or Tau? Researcher’s one step closer to understanding the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

It is an ongoing debate as to which toxic protein is primarily responsible for Alzheimer’s disease onset – is it amyloid beta or is it Tau?

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New brain map reveals previously unknown brain cells

Did you know there are approximately 100 million cells in a mouse brain, and a staggering 65 billion cells in a human brain? Did you know there are multiple types of brain cells that have their own separate functions? Given the vast number and types of brain cells, it is not surprising that we are learning more and more about the brain and how it works every day.

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Microglia – the brain cell which prevents neurodegeneration

New research has revealed that fully functioning microglia can prevent neurodegeneration in mice, moving researchers one step closer to figuring out how to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease onset.

This result was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by researchers from Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

What are microglia?

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New Australian study on rare dementia helps map the emotional brain

A new Australian study published in the journal Brain has found that individuals diagnosed with corticobasal syndrome (CBS), a rare form of dementia, experience widespread deficits in emotion processing.

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Do we really only use 10% of our brain?

As the new film Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman was released in the cinemas last week, Dr Amy Reichelt from the University of New South Wales wrote this special article attempting to dispel the unfounded premise of the film – that we only use 10% of our brains. She states that there is no scientific evidence that supports this statement, it is simply a myth.

 

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The role of the immune response in Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have found that a specific protein that stimulates the immune system may be associated with brain inflammation, a common condition seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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