In the time it takes you to read this article, two-to three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease – a life-threatening malady that devoured more than 83,000 people in 2010 alone. However, if the path-breaking work being led by Southern Miss Professor Vijay Rangachari succeeds, a cure for this deadly affliction could be possible.
Already, doctors and scientists have found ways to temporarily slow the progress of the disease and improve the quality of life for the patients.
Rangachari is part of a worldwide effort to unravel the behavior of the disease and thereby find better ways to deal with its onset and prevent its development. “Our lab is working to discover exactly how Alzheimer’s disease forms and behaves as this information is widely unknown,” said Dexter Dean, a graduate student who works with Rangachari who has over many years researched the disease and published several reports.
It is known that Alzheimer’s disease forms when a protein turns bad and turns other proteins bad as well leading to the formation of plaques and the death of neurons. Rangachari’s lab is attempting to unravel the factors that enable the bad proteins to poison the good proteins