In the first of a mini-series of posts from recipients of MRC Centenary Awards, we hear from pathologist Alex Jeans from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford on how he’ll use his extra time and resources to pursue research into Alzheimer’s disease that until now he’s been doing in his spare time.
As a hospital pathologist specialising in diseases of the nervous system, I have spent a lot of time diagnosing both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and I’ve become aware of how common yet devastating they are. As things stand, there is no treatment which can slow the progress of either disease, and all we can do is manage the distressing symptoms as they appear.
Accurate diagnosis of these diseases is extremely important, and as pathologists we get some satisfaction from that. However, I‘ve always wanted to be part of the effort to understand these diseases at a fundamental level, which I believe is essential if we are to devise truly effective treatments. Read more