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Can Dementia Be Controlled Just Like HIV?

Ben Migono / December 27, 2016

According to the newest director of Britain’s new Dementia Research Institute (DRI), Professor Bart De Strooper, the answer is a strong yes.


De Strooper is a world-renowned molecular biologist and Belgian neuroscientist and is very positive about the direction research is headed. By 2025, he hopes that even if Alzheimer’s can’t be cured completely, it could at least become a manageable condition – much like HIV-Aids is treated and even cancer.


He even hopes that in the future, if the disease is identified and stabilized at an early stage, there might even be a chance to regain functionality that may have been thought to be lost.



At the DRI, he’s putting together a team that covers a multitude of disciplines including engineers and data specialists and biologists and doctors. In his first year, he hopes to understand Alzheimer’s better by taking a multi-disciplinary approach. Where modern medicine already uses genetics, bio-informatics and imaging, De Strooper will be conversing with doctors, biologists, and engineers.


De Strooper also made it clear that his focus, and the Institute’s focus, will not be on Alzheimer’s entirely. They’ll be investigating neurodegenerative diseases as a whole, including diseases like Huntington’s and Parkinson’s. By doing so, they would look for common factors linking each of these conditions.