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Roskamp Institute forging ahead with research, fundraising efforts

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - More than 500,000 people are living with Alzheimer's in the state of Florida, and that has a significant impact on family members and caregivers in the Suncoast community. 

The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota is involved in constant research and clinical trials to uncover new treatments and eventually a cure.

Although amyloid plaques in the brain have been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, recent studies have shown that reducing amyloid levels does not help treat the disease or stop its progression. So now Roskamp researchers are looking to other pathways.

"As it stands 5.5 million sufferers in this country will have no treatment options," said Dr. Michael Mullan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Roskamp Institute. "It's critical at this point that we shift away from this amyloid-centric focus and look for a much more immediate way to bring the Alzheimer's brain dysfunction under control"

Sept. 22 there will be an event at the Sarasota Yacht Club called, Grey Matters: A Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease Research. It's sold out, but the date for next year's event has already been announced: Sept. 28th, 2018.