What Brain Imaging Might Tell Us about Alzheimer’s

Plaques and tangles. Researchers know the presence of amyloid plaques and tau tangles are associated with Alzheimer’s. But these bad actors also show up in other brain diseases. Do the patterns of amyloid and tau development differ between diseases? Can we use brain imaging techniques to distinguish between Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia?

These are some of the questions being tackled by UCSF researcher Renaud La Joie. Last month the Alzheimer’s Association awarded research funding to Dr. La Joie to study how brain imaging techniques can help us understand the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

In this video, Dr. La Joie talks about how he got involved in Alzheimer’s research, how he will use the funds, and what he hopes to achieve.

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6 Responses

  1. Casi Kushel says:

    I am 74 and have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Disorder. I would be interested in becoming a research subject. I tried to sign up a year or two ago but was picked up by UCLA somehow. LA is too far away for my participation.

    Please let me know the proper way to volunteer.

  2. Debbie S. Hunt says:

    My name is Debbie Hunt and i had a TBI when i was younger. I suffer from memory loss, balance issues, & depression. I had epilepsy but that is comtrolled with medication now. I am interested in participating in trials that are taking place in the Phoenix, Az. area.
    Thank you,
    Debbie Hunt
    Mesa, Az.

    • Alz Staff says:

      Hi Debbie, please give us a call 24/7 at 800.272.3900 and someone can help guide you in the right direction. In addition, we encourage you to join Trial Match at http://www.alz.org/research/clinical_trials/find_clinical_trials_trialmatch.asp. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that generates customized lists of studies based on user-provided information. You can easily see what studies you may qualify for. Our continually updated database contains more than 250 studies, including both pharmacological (drug) and non-pharmacological (non-drug) studies being conducted at sites across the country and online.

  3. Charles Baker says:

    I am 76 years old and have just been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia or early stage Alzheimers.
    I would be interested in participating in any trials in the Little Rock Arkansas area.

    • Michelle Johnston says:

      Hello, Charles. Thanks for reaching out. You can learn more about research trials in your area by contacting 800.272.3900 or visiting alz.org/trialmatch. If there is anything else that we can do to support you, don’t hesitate to call. You can also find some great resources here: alz.org/i-have-alz/i-have-alzheimers-dementia.asp.

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