University of Pennsylvania Professor Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, who helped develop and guide BrightFocus Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research program, has won a 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The prize, known as the “The Oscars of Science,” recognizes her research leading to new avenues for potential drug discovery and development.
Diseases of mind and sight share neurodegenerative features in common. BrightFocus is leading the way to explore them so that what’s learned about one disease may benefit another in the search for cures.
At ARVO 2019, the world’s largest gathering of vision scientists, BrightFocus grantees stood out for their insights into key cells in the retina and surrounding tissue that participate in macular degeneration.
A recent study focused attention on whether Alzheimer’s disease can spread from one human to another. The risk remains small as long as standard precautions are followed during surgery and other procedures.
A new blood-based Alzheimer’s screening test, created with a grant from BrightFocus, received a “Breakthrough Device” designation by the FDA. This speeds up its timeline for possible approval and public use.
All mouse models used to represent Alzheimer’s disease are imperfect, and can only approximate how the disease develops in humans. However, a BrightFocus-funded research project is being hailed as a game-changer that could make results highly relevant to human disease.
January 7, 2019
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