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Developing new strategy to thwart Alzheimer’s

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientist receives $2.8 million grant to study cerebrovascular changes during healthy and Alzheimer’s aging

Sontheimer (right) and Mills (left) pose inside the lab with facemasks.
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC scientists are concentrating on a type of brain cell called astrocytes, which may become damaged by amyloid plaques and unable to support the brain’s circulatory system, possibly leading to Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year research study, led by neurobiologist Harald Sontheimer (right), will examine changes caused by aging in the circulatory system in the normal brain and Alzheimer’s disease brain. Tre Mills, a fourth-year student in Virginia Tech's translational biology, medicine, and health graduate program, is working on the project in the Sontheimer laboratory.

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