HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
NIH funds innovative alzheimer's research initiated at UCSB

A completely new approach to the study of Alzheimers disease, initiated by a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, may solve a critical piece in the puzzle of the disease. This tragic neurological illness progressively erases memory in its millions of victims. The key to the new approach is understanding the way certain proteins in the brain fold, or rather misfold.

Michael Bowers, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, developed this project, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health. Bowerss laboratory will receive $1.3 million of the total $9 million project grant, plus biological samples worth an additional $500,000. The grant covers a five-year period. Four institutions are involved.

Bowers is using specialized chemical research methods and applying them to biology. His research will depend upon the study of rare peptides, or strings of amino acids, that are difficult to produce. These will be provided by co-investigator David Teplow, a professor at UCLAs David Geffen School of Medicine, who has been involved in Alzheimers research for over 10 years. Joan-Emma Shea, also a professor in UCSBs Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, heads the theoretical modeling aspect of the project.

Until about five or six years ago, everyone assumed that the large amyloid plaques, or neurofibrillary tangles, that were found in the brains of Alzheimers victims were the cause of the disease, said Bowers. However, recent scientific discoveries indicate that these large, insoluble aggregates might merely be markers of the disease they do not cause the disease. Rather, smaller soluble oligomers, or peptide complexes, are now felt to be the causative agents, and I find that very interesting.

He explained that now the hunt is on for the small stuff. Because of their expertise in certain chemical methodologies, Bowers and his research group are able to track down the molecular l
'"/>

Contact: Gail Gallessich
gail.g@ia.ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara
14-Feb-2007


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. The Cancer Genome Atlas awards funds for technology development
2. NSF funds new Rutgers plant biomaterials initiative
3. NSF funds biofertilizer research at Rutgers-Camden
4. ResearchChannel awards matching funds for video production
5. Research grant funds studies of climate change and reef ecosystems
6. NHGRI funds large-scale sequencing centers
7. NCI funds Einstein and U. Albany NanoCollege to make worlds smallest cancer detection device
8. Worcester Polytechnic Institute receives $2 million in federal funds for biomedical research centers
9. Columbia University Medical Center receives major new NIH Clinical Science investment funds
10. NIH funds Berkeley Lab research on defense against radiological attack
11. NIH funds 14 High-End Instrumentation grants

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: NIH funds innovative alzheimer research initiated UCSB

(Date:3/11/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3p32qm/access_control ... Control Market by Product, Application & By Geography - ... their offering. , This report predicts that ... billion by 2020, with an estimated CAGR of 10.6%. ... products types such as contact cards & readers, contactless ...
(Date:3/10/2015)... Conn. , March 10, 2015  NXT-ID, ... ("NXT-ID" or the "Company"), a biometric authentication company ... the company,s Wocket™ smart wallet has been named ... by Rethink Modern. Rethink Modern ( ... and innovative items for your home and lifestyle that have ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... March 2, 2015  Businesses have a new ... company Tharon Rankins Enterprises has announced the launch ... ultra-safe way for businesses to protect their customers, ... Beconux is a biometric transaction ... Functioning similarly to an ATM machine, the new ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Access Control (Cards & Readers, Biometrics, Controllers, Management Software) Market 2015-2020 - Analysis of the $10 Billion Market 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Named Number One Best Tech Gift for 2015 by Rethink Modern 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Named Number One Best Tech Gift for 2015 by Rethink Modern 3NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Named Number One Best Tech Gift for 2015 by Rethink Modern 4Personal Data Protection Company Launches New Product 2
(Date:3/26/2015)... SAN DIEGO , March 26, 2015  BioNano ... the appointment of  Terry Salyer as chief commercial ... building highly effective, worldwide sales teams in life sciences. ... Irys ® System, a genome-mapping platform to assemble ... and investigate structural variations. To date, 32 institutions located ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... 26, 2015 PAREXEL International Corporation ... clinical research organization , announced today that ... to acquire all of the business assets of ... provider of specialized pharmacovigilance services, based in ... detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... Ale Gicqueau, Founder and President of ... Affairs at Align Technology, on “ Conducting Postmarket Registries ... 2015 Global Conference and Exhibition on April 25th through ... During the poster presentation, Ale Gicqueau and Victor Chen ... Postmarket Registry, the requirements and resources to conduct the ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... Balaton, MN (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 ... an upcoming episode of American Farmer, airing for the ... RFD-TV. The segment of American Farmer will explore the ... Agnition provides crop producers with a patented Microbial Catalyst™ ... farms and greater yields. The segment will air again ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BioNano Genomics Appoints Terry Salyer as Chief Commercial Officer 2BioNano Genomics Appoints Terry Salyer as Chief Commercial Officer 3PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 2PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 3PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 4Clinovo Presents at ACRP 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 25th-28th 2Clinovo Presents at ACRP 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 25th-28th 3Agnition to be Featured In Upcoming Episode of American Farmer on RFD-TV 2
Cached News: