What Brain Imaging Might Tell Us about Alzheimer’s

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Plaques and tangles. Researchers know the presence of amyloid plaques and tau tangles are associated with Alzheimer’s. But these bad actors also show up in other brain diseases. Do the patterns of amyloid and tau development differ between diseases? Can we use brain imaging techniques to distinguish between Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia?

These are some of the questions being tackled by UCSF researcher Renaud La Joie. Last month the Alzheimer’s Association awarded research funding to Dr. La Joie to study how brain imaging techniques can help us understand the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

In this video, Dr. La Joie talks about how he got involved in Alzheimer’s research, how he will use the funds, and what he hopes to achieve.

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