University of Exeter in pioneering dementia study

A team of scientists led by researchers at an Exeter university have published a groundbreaking new dementia study.

More than 26 million people are currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease worldwide – a number experts believe is likely to increase as the ageing population continues to grow.

Much has already been learnt about how the disease affects the brain, including that some parts of the organ are more susceptible to it than others, but little is known about how and why this is the case.

However, a new study headed by Professor Jonathan Mill of University of Exeter Medical School has uncovered new evidence to suggest that epigenetic changes – processes which affect the expression of genetic material – could be the mechanisms responsible.

Read more at Exeter Express & Echo.