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Alzheimer's disease doctors applauded for developments

Alzheimer's disease doctors applauded for developments
30th March 2009

Two doctors who specialise in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease have been given an award for their outstanding contributions to the treatment of the degenerative disease, it has been stated.

Both William E Klunk and Chester A Mathis, who are based at the University of Pittsburgh, were given the 2009 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award, receiving their prize at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

It was revealed in a statement: "Drs. Klunk and Mathis are responsible for developing a non-invasive method of detecting beta-amyloid proteins, which form plaques in the brain tissue of people who have Alzheimer's disease.

"The experimental technique might make it possible to distinguish Alzheimer's disease from other dementias."

Scientists have been congratulated through the award since 2004, when the Alzheimer's Association of America established the honour.

The University of Pittsburgh was established in 1787 as a private school and is now made up of several landmark buildings including the Cathedral of Learning, which is the world's second-tallest academic building.

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