Science Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
11th February 2019, 14:00 - 16:00
The Molecules of Alzheimer's Disease by Dr Hugh Reynolds
'Senile Dementia' (loss of mind in old age) has been seen as a risk of old age for centuries, but our modern understanding of it began early in the 20th century. In 1901 a 51-year-old woman with striking symptoms of dementia was admitted to the hospital where Dr Alois Alzheimer worked, and he followed her case closely. On her death Alzheimer was able to obtain samples of her brain and observed under the microscope two characteristic abnormalities, 'plaques' and 'tangles'. These are still the main signature hallmarks of what we now know as 'Alzheimer's Disease.'
Dr Hugh Reynolds is an expert in the field and will be discussing Alzheimer's and the underlying molecular basis of the disease, and how early intervention may prevent or slow down its progression.
Venue: Otford Village Memorial Hall 2pm Entrance Fee: £1: 00 at the door