"Aging Chimps Show Alzheimer’s Life Brain Changes" - Ananya Mandal
Researches have reported that aged chimpanzees may show similar if not identical brain changes as persons with early Alzheimer’s disease. Chimpanzees are the closest linked animal with humans and these findings may help understand the mechanism of development of Alzheimer’s disease. This study may help understand the beginnings of dementia and also help the caregivers of aging chimps to look after them. Researchers from Kent State University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai along with Georgia State University, Barrow Neurological Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and George Washington University collaborated and participated in this study. They looked at the same regions in the chimpanzee brains that are usually affected in humans when they develop dementia. This includes a region called the hippocampus or the region associated with memory.
- The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai