World class research out of the University of Queensland has shown that an ultrasound scanning technique can reduce and remove amyloid beta plaques from the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
Amyloid beta is a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways of identifying it in the brain, but there are currently no treatments available to remove it.
Researchers at the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, University of Queensland have recently developed a non-invasive ultrasound technology which they hope may able to do just that, and remove amyloid beta from the brain.
The skulls of mice are much thinner than those of humans and the approach would need considerable modifications before clinical trials can be undertaken in humans, however this is ground-breaking research which could revolutionise Alzheimer’s disease treatments by restoring memory.
You can read the Science Translational Medicine article written about this discovery, view the University of Queensland media release and learn more about what it all means at Dementia News.