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A problem as complicated as dementia needs tackling from multiple angles. Come and hear about some of the methods the Dementia Research Institute are using to understand the secrets of this disease; from diminutive DNA to fascinating fruit flies!
Gene editing: the future for dementia treatments?
CRISPR is a gene editing tool used to correct mutations that cause a wide array of diseases. It has revolutionized molecular biology and is now entering the clinic. We will discuss what CRISPR is, what the risks are, and the enormous potential of this technology in treating dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.
Me, Myself and Fly
What can the fruit fly tell us about our mind? Do flies even have a brain? Can we use them to understand how we think, remember, behave, and get sick in old age? We will discuss how the humble fruit fly has contributed to groundbreaking neuroscience research and how scientists in Cardiff University are currently using them to understand Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders.