CSULB professor to discuss promising research into new treatment of Alzheimer’s

The degenerative brain condition of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently affects more than 5.3 million Americans and could occur in more than 25 million people worldwide by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s researcher Vasanthy Narayanaswami, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), is among scientists who are examining a promising correlation between lifetime consumption of curcumin, a bioflavonoid found in the curry spice turmeric, and a significantly lower incidence of AD in Southeast Asian populations. However, the brain has defense mechanisms, referred to as the blood-brain barrier, that prevent many medications from effectively reaching it.
Narayanaswami is working on developing a nanovehicle disguised as high density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol” that has the potential to carry therapeutic concentrations of curcumin across the blood-brain barrier to treat Alzheimer’s and will discuss her research regarding the development of the nanovehicle during the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Fellows Colloquium at 7:30am on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in CSULB’s Pyramid Annex conference room.
Narayanaswami studies the role of a protein called apolipoprotein E in relation to cholesterol transport in the vascular and the central nervous system, particularly in cardiovascular and age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. She received her doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and was a research scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute prior to joining CSULB. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Scientific Review Committee and was a recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s T.L.L. Temple Discovery Award as well as the Pfizer International HDL Research Award.
The program is free to members of the CNSM Fellows as well as CNSM students, and $10 for non-members. For reservations and more information, visit beach-chemistry.com or call (562) 985-7446.

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