Studying Dementia using Fruit Flies
16 December 2019
Senior GEE Research Fellow Dr Teresa Niccoli was recently interviewed by 'Pretty Smart Science' and discussed her approach to studying Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.
Humans are living longer than ever before, but is there a downside to this? Over the past 15 years, dementia has become the leading cause of death globally, overtaking cancer and heart disease. The future doesn’t seem any brighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of deaths from dementia worldwide will nearly double by 2030.
What is dementia? The common belief is that dementia is a natural part of ageing, but in reality it’s a symptom of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is typically characterised by memory loss, confusion, and difficulty in language processing and communication.