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Vaccine Holds Promise Of Protection Against Alzheimer's

National Institute on Aging, NIH
Beta-Amyloid Plaques and Tau in the Brain

University Showcase 7/19 8a: Alzheimer’s affects about 43 million people worldwide and the rate continues to escalate. Researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a vaccine that could possibly prevent tau tangles, once of the proteins that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which could prevent cognitive decline that comes with the illness.


The team recently published a paper in NPJ Vaccines about their research using virus-like particles that eliminated the tau tangles in mice, which had been bred to develop symptoms like those affecting human Alzheimer’s patients.


  • Kiran Bhaskar, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Bryce Chackerian, Professor and Vice Chair, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Nicole Maphis, Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

More reading:
The Role of Tau in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders - CNS Neurosciences

Alzheimer's: How does tau disrupt brain cells - Medical News Today


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