What Happens to Synapses at Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease? Research Provides Answer

Sydney, Australia (Scicasts) — Scientists have developed a graphene based microphone nearly 32 times more sensitive than microphones of standard nickel-based construction. A team of researchers led by UNSW Australia scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease – work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition. “One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of synapses – the structures that connect neurons in the brain,” says study leader, Dr Vladimir Sytnyk, of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. “Synapses are required for all brain functions, and particularly for learning and forming memories. In Alzheimer’s disease, this loss of synapses occurs very early on, when people still…


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