The research team of Dr. Caghan Kizil at the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden, achieved a major advance in Alzheimer’s research. They showed how a diseased vertebrate brain can naturally react to Alzheimer’s pathology by forming more neurons. Two proteins (Interleukin-4 and STAT6) have been identified to be relevant for this process.
This is a big step towards the understanding, prevention or even healing of Alzheimer’s disease – a disease with about 170,000 new cases diagnosed every year in Germany. The results have been published in the scientific journal Cell Reports this week (DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.09.075).
More information in the official CRTD press release (PDF)