Western University experts available to discuss Alzheimer’s disease research during Alzheimer’s awareness month

Researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are at the forefront of research into Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2011, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s – a number that is expected to rise to 1.4 million by 2031 if no measures are taken. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and available therapies can only treat the symptoms, rather than slow down progression.

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Robarts Research Institute has several experts researching methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s as early as possible, understand the biological pathways behind this disease and develop potential therapies to slow down and one day treat Alzheimer’s.

Robert Bartha, PhD, chair and professor, Department of Medical Biophysics; scientist, Robarts
Areas of Expertise: Early detection of Alzheimer’s, imaging Alzheimer’s biomarkers using MRI

Ravi Menon, PhD, professor, Department of Medical Biophysics; scientist, Robarts; Canada Research Chair in Functional and Molecular Imaging
Areas of Expertise: Use of ultra-high field functional MRI to understand brain function

Dr. Stephen Pasternak, assistant professor, Clinical Neurological Sciences; scientist, Robarts
Areas of Expertise: Understanding the role of beta-amyloid proteins which may cause Alzheimer’s, identifying MRI markers of Alzheimer’s disease

Marco and Vania Prado, PhD, professors, Anatomy and Cell Biology; scientist, Robarts
Areas of Expertise: Therapeutic approaches in Alzheimer’s, understanding brain function and the biology behind Alzheimer’s

Jane Rylett, PhD, chair and professor, Physiology and Pharmacology; scientist, Robarts
Areas of Expertise: Neurochemical communication in aging and disease

MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573, tristan.joseph@schulich.uwo.ca


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The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.

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