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Steps have been made to reverse memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s

March 17th, 2016

Episode 883 of 1273 episodes

Researchers have managed to restore memories in mice bred to have features of the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Previous research has suggested that the early stages of Alzheimer’s damage the brain’s ability to process and store memories, but this study indicates it’s the brain’s ability to retrieve memories that’s impaired, not the creation of memories. It means that one day, treatments to reverse memory loss in early onset Alzheimer’s could be possible. In today's podcast we hear from the supervisor of the study Dr Susumu Tonegawa and Dr Simon Ridley, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK.