Brain research enters ‘golden era’ at Stanford

For patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, little progress in the way of treatment has been made for decades, says Stanford neurologist and biotechnology pioneer Frank Longo, who chairs the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, co-leads the new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center and serves as associate director of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Research Center. “When I walk into our Memory Disorders Clinic, it’s very embarrassing for me that I cannot offer any drug better than what we had 20 years ago,” he recently told those gathered to hear him speak at Palo Alto’s Avenidas senior center. “We have nothing to delay onset or slow progression, and it kills me every time when I see my families, my patients, and I can’t offer anything better.” Longo is determined to change that. He,…

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