GRANTS. The Alzheimer Foundation has awarded grants to 14 Alzheimer’s researchers at the University of Gothenburg. The total sum amounts to SEK 4.2 million.
The Alzheimer Foundation supports projects aimed at stopping the process in Alzheimer’s disease, diagnose dementia at an early stage and to develop methods of treatment and rehabilitation.
One of the researchers in Gothenburg receiving support from the Alzheimer Foundation is Professor Kaj Blennow. He receives a grant of SEK 1.2 million for a project that seeks to understand why nerve synapses, ie the contact points between nerve cells, are damaged by Alzheimer’s disease and what significance this has for the development of the disease and the symptoms.
– The grant from the Alzheimer Foundation means a lot. We will use it to, among other things, to hire a doctoral student to be working on this project, says Kaj Blennow.
Another researcher at the University of Gothenburg who work with these issues is Professor Eric Hanse, who is awarded SEK 600 000.
– There are good reasons to believe that the loss of synapses in Alzheimer’s disease is not irreversible, but reversible. If we better can understand why the synapses disappear, and find ways to slow the loss of synapse down, one can hope that learning and memory functions should be improved, says Eric Hanse.
Full list of the Alzheimer Fund awarded research grants available here.