Detect and prevent Alzheimer’s disease before memory loss | Bernard Hanseeuw | TEDxUCLouvain

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After 65 years old, one out of 10 have Alzheimer’s disease …
Even worse, one out of three have the hallmark brain lesions of Alzheimer’s. Worrisome? Indeed. However, having lesions 10 to 20 years before symptom onset is a wonderful opportunity for whoever wants to detect this terrible affection. Since 2013, the hallmark pathologies of Alzheimer’s can be detected using a PET scan. New research avenues are thus opening, and with them, the hope of developing preventive therapies.

Dr. Bernard Hanseeuw graduated as a medical doctor at UCLouvain in 2007. Four years later, he defended a PhD thesis on brain imaging in early Alzheimer’s detection. After his residency in neurology, he left for Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to train in molecular PET imaging of amyloid and tau proteins. Bernard Hanseeuw conducts research in Boston and Brussels; he aims at better understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to Alzheimer’s pathology in older adults, to guide clinical trials to success.

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