Evansville’s IU School of Medicine receives grant for Alzheimer’s Disease research

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Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 7:19 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Indiana University School of Medicine in Evansville is receiving a grant for a study on Alzheimer’s affects on the brain.

Officials said the grant is $150,000 to be used over the next three years. The study is focusing on brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s patients.

They said they have a massive database of volunteer patients and their MRI’s over the years. Over time the brains of people with Alzheimer’s will begin to atrophy, which means parts of it will shrink.

Dr. Kara Garcia is leading the study, and she told 14 News on Tuesday that they’ll also be analyzing that data along with the symptoms that patients experience. She said by linking the two, they’ll have a clearer idea of how specific areas of the brain atrophy when symptoms arise.

“Hopefully, that information will inform their care and hopefully lead to more personalized treatments,” Garcia said.

She said their approach uses mechanics-based analysis, which is something that is relatively new to brain degeneration research.

“We’re hopeful that this will be a step forward and a building block to reach our future goals of understanding the whole spectrum of brain development and brain degeneration,” Garcia said.

The grant is being provided by Alzheimer’s Association.

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