A protein which plays an important role in the development of the brain could help boost memory according to a study published in Nature
Scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York increased the amount of the protein IGF-II in rats and found they showed significantly improved long term memory compared to controls. The effects of the IGF-II were also found to last for several weeks.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'The brain is a very complex organ and it is vital that we continue to increase our understanding of how it functions. This promising study builds on existing evidence that suggests IGF-II has an important role to play in keeping brain cells healthy. It also poses some important questions about how we maintain memory. However, it is early stage work and more research is now needed to see whether this approach could be the basis of a future treatment for dementia.
One in three people over 65 will die with dementia yet dementia research continues to be drastically underfunded. Only by giving dementia research the priority it deserves can we move towards identifying the causes and finding a cure.'
Dr Anne Corbett
Research Communications Manager