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Kwangwook Cho

Professor Kwangwook Cho

Research Fellow

Organisation

University of Bristol

Research summary

Ageing in the brain can lead to major forms of cognitive impairments, broadly described as dementia. There are around 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, with national costs of £23 billion a year. By 2040, with an increasing proportion of elderly persons in the population, the costs are likely to treble. Unfortunately, there is currently no clear solution as to how to slow down brain ageing and provide an effective care system. Understanding the biological and physiological functions of molecules within the brain is a critical step in uncovering the mechanisms of accelerated brain ageing that pertain to the vast socioeconomic burden of dementia. We aim to investigate the actions and interactions of specific molecules that determine the development of Alzheimer’s disease and use them as a target for effective therapeutic design.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Synaptic plasticity and pathology in the brain

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Dec 2011 - Nov 2016

Value: £50,000

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