Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of dementia, a disease that leaves people with poor memory, the inability to concentrate and focus and ultimately even a degeneration of the brain as a whole. Alzheimer’s is primarily a disease that afflicts the elderly but in this episode sponsored by the Biochemical Society we are talking with John Hardy about how this disease can be seen in people in their 40s and 50s. Those who have this early onset dementia give us an opportunity to understand Alzheimer’s in brains that are not affected by the ageing. We talk about what we can cure in Alzheimer’s, what we can’t and why you need to go down to the level of the cells to understand a disease that can rob a person of everything. The episode ends with a touching tribute by John Hardy to the families who have supported his research over the years.
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