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Alzheimer's disease researchers given big boost

Alzheimer's disease researchers given big boost
24th February 2009

Researchers working in the field of Alzheimer's disease have been given a huge boost after Maersk Oil North Sea Ltd donated £10,000 to the cause.

Based in the University of Aberdeen, the science institute is set to benefit from several fundraising events held by Maersk through 2008, with the petrochemicals company specifically supporting the initiative to link certain proteins with the disease.

Chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust Rebecca Wood said she is very grateful of the donations made by Maersk and that the good work of research fellow Dr Jan Mulder is "vitally important".

She continued: "By improving our methods of diagnosis, people with dementia can begin to plan for the future and potentially access drugs at a stage where they can be more effective.

Recently, it was also revealed by the University of Aberdeen that extracts of cannabis - specifically one known as cannabidiol - could be used as part of synthesised drugs to assist people with Huntington's disease or Parkinson's disease.

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