June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to know a relative or close friend living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, there are approximately 50 million people worldwide living with a degenerative brain disease. For decades, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into research to help further our understanding of brain health, assess potential preventatives, discover treatments, and assist those living with brain disease. Just last week, the Food & Drug Administration approved the first new drug to combat Alzheimer’s disease since 2003.
To learn more, we’ve compiled several resources for further understanding the health of our brains.
Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 and is the leading non-profit in Alzheimer’s support, funding, and research. Their website provides a wealth of advocacy, educational, and engagement information.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging: This well-known source provides the latest data and statistics, as well as resources and publications.
Edvotek Experiment Resources:
The objective of this experiment is for students to understand the theory and application of western blotting. Students will perform a western blot to determine simulated clinical trial participants’ risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
In this experiment, students will become neuroscientists searching for Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers. Students will explore potential biomarkers by analyzing simulated patient samples from control and Alzheimer’s Disease populations.
The structure of the brain is made easy to understand with our model of the middle of the brain. The model covers the cerebrum, cerebellum, medulla, pituitary gland, and hypothalamus.