KUT: UT-SOUTHWESTERN RESEARCHERS DISCOVER BRAIN COMPOUND

Interesting news and great research coming from our own Texas university research centers!

Researchers at UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas think a therapy they’ve discovered can help patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and similar ailments.

UT-Southwestern Medical Center researchers have discovered a compound that may someday lead to improved memory for people with Alzheimer’s or neurodegenerative problems. Shelley Kofler of KERA in Dallas reports the scientists may have been working with mice but they had humans in mind all along.

Researchers Steven McKnight and Andrew Pieper discovered the P7C3 compound after introducing 1,000 different chemicals into the brains of mice. The compound seemed to allow new neurons to form in a part of the brain critical for memory. Older rats exposed to the compound showed a new ability to learn and remember tasks.

The scientists began their research about five years ago. McKnight, chairman of biochemistry at UT-Southwestern, says they had big goals right from the start.

“If we could be the people who could help stumble onto a way to keep cognitive capacity up, it would be spectacular for Andrew and me,” McKnight said. “That’s our aspiration.”

Pieper, an assistant professor of biochemistry and psychiatry, says the researchers took big risks to get big results.

Read more and listen at KUT.org.

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