Mayo Clinic donation will fund dementia research

Posted on 25 March 2011

The Mayo Clinic in the US has been given a donation of $1 million (£0.62 million) that will help it to continue its research into dementia, improving the lives of people who are paying for long term care.

To be delivered over four years, the cash from the Harry T Mangurian Jr Foundation will further the clinic's studies into Lewy body dementia, which combines aspects of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Mayo Clinic's achievements to date include identifying new distinguishing features of the disease, as well as locating genes that create or influence risk for Lewy body dementia.

"The generous donation by Mangurian Foundation will be used to advance our knowledge about one of the most common and least recognised disorders that causes dementia," said Dr Dennis Dickson, a neuropathologist at the clinic.

Recently, Mayo Clinic research revealed a possible link between dopamine agonists used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and impulse control disorders.

Posted by  Toby Mynott

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