Alzheimer’s research to be expanded at WANRI

10 November 2014

WANRI, through the generous support of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, will expand its focus on Alzheimer’s research, starting in early 2015.

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is forecast to increase significantly over coming decades, largely as a consequence of Australia’s ageing population, and a process exacerbated by lifestyle factors such as obesity.

Some estimates suggest that as many as 1 million Australians may suffer from Alzheimer’s by 2050.

Due to the high and rising prevalence of Alzheimer’s, WANRI has committed to build capacity in this important field of research.

Through the generous support of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, WANRI has appointed Dr Rakesh Veedu to a five year ‘McCusker Research Fellowship’ to commence at the Centre for Comparative Genomics in early 2015. Dr Veedu is a PhD graduate from the University of Queensland and is currently based at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.

Dr Veedu’s research will have a strong translational focus and its specific aim is to find treatments for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The focus of Dr Veedu’s research will be to develop novel compounds, called smart oligonucleotides, as target-specific drugs and diagnostics for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases (including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

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