Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease affect millions of people worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease alone afflicts more than 5 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Biomedical investigators have long tried to understand why certain brain regions are vulnerable to neurodegenerative diseases but not others. Dr. Marc Diamond believes he may have found the answer: understanding how the tau protein aggregates in brain cells. Read more about Dr. Diamond and his team’s research at UT Southwestern here.