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New Clues to Alzheimer’s Emerge in a Study of the Brain’s Immune Cells

By June 29, 2023No Comments

UW researchers using brain autopsy samples from 22 ADRC research participants have made a new discovery about human microglia and their relevance to Alzheimer’s disease and targeted therapeutics.

Microglia are a type of cell that play very important roles in our brain health. They have a diversity of jobs, including maintaining normal brain function, fighting infections, and cleaning up and disposing of dead cells and waste. This waste-disposal system has the big responsibility of digesting clumps of abnormal proteins that can accumulate in the brain and eventually raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.