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EAN 2019: Neural clock and internal ‘GPS’ may provide valuable insights into Alzheimer’s disease

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Recent research presented at the European Academy of Neurology Congress (EAN 2019; 29 June–2 July, Oslo, Norway) has indicated that the loss of ability to find one’s way, to keep track of time and to create and retrieve memories are all possible hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Edvard Moser (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) presented the study and anticipates that insights into complex, space-mapping and time-tracking neural systems that help us make sense of our experiences and organize, retrieve and relive memories may give scientists crucial insights into AD.

“The neural networks that generate space and time are the very first cells that start to die, perhaps decades before we notice clear symptoms of AD,” explained Moser. “The discoveries of how the brain encodes space, time and memory is crucial to understanding how higher mental function is generated and of great importance to clinical neuroscience and the global efforts to fight brain disease.”

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