Basic research is the starting point to help understand what happens on the molecular level when someone is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Once those fundamental mechanisms are understood, researchers have a better idea of how to target the disease processes.
The following outlines some of the basic research underway at the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine:
Dr. Joanne Jankowsky, assistant professor of neuroscience, and her team of researchers are focusing on therapeutic interventions to stop the disease and reverse damage done to the brain. See Therapeutic intervention: Working towards arresting, reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Memory loss is the focus of research in the lab of Dr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli, assistant professor of neuroscience. He has been able to identify a single molecule that, when modified, can affect memory.
Dr. Kinga Szigeti, assistant professor of neurology and molecular and human genetics at BCM, is a part of the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium working to conduct a Genome Wide Association study involving more than 500 patients to look for genes that determine the age of onset in the disease. See BCM to analyze data collected for Alzheimer's genetic markers project.