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Dr C. Dirk Keene talks Alzheimer’s on NPR

Our collaborator, Dr Dirk Keene, and his team featured on NPR today (1st Aug) in a piece about the shifting focus in Alzheimer’s research. Dr Keene is quoted talking about current methods – the transcript reads:

“What we’re trying to do with this study is to look at cell vulnerability early on in disease, before [people] have plaques and tangles, before they have cognitive impairment,” says┬áDr. C. Dirk Keene, a neuropathologist at the University of Washington.

To create the atlas, Keene and a team of researches analyzed more than a million cells from 84 brains donated by people who’d signed up for Alzheimer’s research projects run by the University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute.

The brains came from donors “at all different stages of disease” Keene says, “so we can pinpoint what’s happening from the earliest levels all the way through to people with advanced disease.”


The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference is running from Jul 31st – Aug 4th in San Diego

CONNECT TBI General Assembly
JUNE 2022

While several of us converged at the Annual Symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) 2022 in Atlanta, we took the opportunity to hold a General Assembly of the CONNECT-TBI team, discussing a year in review as well as upcoming projects! It’s been a long time since we were able to meet face-to-face, and these discussions truly are invaluable to our preparations. Here’s to planning the next year of ground-breaking research!

We were also thrilled to welcome Dr Sally Tucker, Trustee of ‘Head for Change‘, speaking about the founding and ongoing work of the charity, as well as telling us some of her father’s experiences as a former professional footballer now dealing with early-onset dementia. We are so grateful to her for sharing her family’s story.

Dr Sally Tucker presenting on her father’s diagnosis and legacy