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Inside look at research to find a cure to Alzheimer's


MADISON (WKOW) -- Alzheimer's affects many people here in Madison. One in 2 people will have a form of the disease by the time they reach 85-years-old.

27 News shows you how a portion of money raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer's event happening in September, will help fund research at the UW Alzheimer's Research Center.

Barbara Bendlin, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UW Alzheimer's Research Center describes how the brain is affected by Alzheimer's.

"The brain has shown atrophy or degeneration, so the brain essentially shrinks in the disease," said Bendlin.

A two-year study underway is aimed at finding ways to stop this from happening.

"If we see a group that develops the disease we can go back and see what the predictors are," said Bendlin.

By studying the makeup of 100 middle aged people's brains, with half at risk of developing the disease, she is searching for clues.

"Cardiovascular risk factors so people who have high cholesterol or blood pressure may be at increased risk of developing it in the future," said Bendlin.

With the study nearly complete, the hope is for the findings to translate into treatments, or early detections.

This study is funded by the Alzheimer's Association.

"The Alzheimer's Association is the second highest funder of research, second to the government," said Bruce Beckman with the Alzheimer's Association.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's event is taking place September 18th starting at Monona Terrace, and ending at Olin Park.

"It's really a great opportunity for us as researchers to be involved in the community and support the Alzheimer's Association," said Barbara Bendlin.

To find out how to start a team, click here.

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