Detect and prevent Alzheimer’s disease before memory loss

After 65 years old, one out of ten have Alzheimer’s disease… Even worse, one out of three have the hallmark brain lesions of Alzheimer’s. Worrisome?

Detect and prevent Alzheimer’s disease before memory loss | Bernard Hanseeuw | TEDxUCLouvain

Indeed. However, having lesions ten to twenty years before symptom onset is a wonderful opportunity for who wants to detect this terrible affection. From 2013, the hallmark pathologies of Alzheimer’s can be detected using a PET-scan. New research avenues are thus opening, and with them, the hope of developing preventive therapies.

Dr. Bernard Hanseeuw graduated as a Medical Doctor at UCLouvain in 2007. Four years later, he defended a PhD thesis on brain imaging in early Alzheimer’s detection. After his residency in Neurology, he left for Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to train in molecular PET imaging of amyloid and tau proteins. Bernard Hanseeuw conducts research in Boston and Brussels; he aims at better understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to Alzheimer’s pathology in older adults, to guide clinical trials to success.

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